The Best Francis Schaeffer quotes

Francis Schaeffer quotes thumbnail

In 1932, Francis Schaeffer was born to a German father and American mother. From a young age, he was determined to make a difference in the world. When he turned 21, he started his own business – a publishing company that produced booklets on how to live a Christian life. Over the next few decades, Schaeffer would go on to found several influential organizations, write dozens of books, and become one of the most respected evangelical Christians in the world. His work continues to inspire millions of people around the globe.

Discover the most inspiring Relationship, Society, World, Truth quotes from Francis Schaeffer, and much more.


Test your habit in 4-mins


stop digital addiction course
This Course Breaks Your Digital Habits

About Francis Schaeffer

birth of the author

January 30, 1912

death of the author

May 15, 1984

occupation of the author

Christian Philosopher, Evangelical Church Leader, Author


And with truth comes beauty and with this beauty a freedom before God. — Francis A. Schaeffer

Truth demands confrontation. It must be loving confrontation, but there must be confrontation nonetheless. — Francis Schaeffer

Truth carries with it confrontation. — Francis Schaeffer

Truth carries with it confrontation. Truth demands confrontation; loving confrontation, but confrontation nevertheless. — Francis A. Schaeffer

truth carries with it confrontation Francis Schaeffer quote

To fail to exhibit that we take truth seriously at those points where there is a cost in our doing so, is to push the next generation in the relative, dialectical millstream that surrounds us. — Francis Schaeffer


In the absence of a biblical morality a new elite will always come forward to dictate arbitrary absolutes to society — Francis A. Schaeffer

If there is no absolute by which to judge society, society is absolute. — Francis Schaeffer

Most people catch their presuppositions from their family and surrounding society the way a child catches measles. — Francis Schaeffer

The basic problem of the Christians in this country in the last eighty years or so, in regard to society and in regard to government, is that they have seen things in bits and pieces instead of totals. — Francis Schaeffer

if there is no absolute by which to judge society society is absolute Francis Schaeffer quote

He who loses the arts loses the culture. — Francis Schaeffer


Biblical orthodoxy without compassion is surely the ugliest thing in the world. — Francis A. Schaeffer

Tell me what the world is saying today, and I’ll tell you what the church will be saying in seven years. — Francis Schaeffer

There is no place in God’s world where there are no people who will come and share a home as long as it is a real home. — Francis A. Schaeffer

If we do not show love to one another, the world has a right to question whether Christianity is true. — Francis Schaeffer

the spiritual battle the loss of victory is always in the thought world Francis Schaeffer quote

Regardless of a man’s system, he has to live in God’s world. — Francis A. Schaeffer

In fact, philosophy is universal in scope. No man can live without a world view; therefore, there is no man who is not a philosopher. — Francis Schaeffer

The spiritual battle, the loss of victory, is always in the thought–world. — Francis Schaeffer

Our relationship with each other is the criterion the world uses to judge whether our message is truthful–Christian community is the final apologetic. — Francis Schaeffer

I am not a Bible–believing Christian in the fullest sense simply by believing the right doctrines, but as I live in practice in this supernatural world. — Francis A. Schaeffer

In a fallen world, we must be willing to face the fact that however lovingly we preach the gospel, if a man rejects it he will be miserable. It is dark out there. — Francis A. Schaeffer

Redundant Thematics

In Francis Schaeffer Statements


Christianity believes that God has created an external world that is really there; and because He is a reasonable God, one can expect to be able to find the order of the universe by reason. — Francis Schaeffer

Ours is a post–Christian world in which Christianity, not only in the number of Christians but in cultural emphasis and cultural result, is no longer the consensus or ethos of our society. — Francis Schaeffer

In God’s world the individual counts. Therefore, Christian art should deal with the individual. — Francis Schaeffer

The Christian should be the person who is alive, whose imagination absolutely boils, which moves, which produces something a bit different from God’s world because God made us to be creative. — Francis Schaeffer

To die is to be with the Lord. It is not just an idea, it is a reality. — Francis Schaeffer

Thank God for the reality for which we were created, a moment–by–moment communication with God himself. — Francis Schaeffer

You must not lose confidence in God because you lost confidence in your pastor. If our confidence in God had to depend upon our confidence in any human person, we would be on shifting sand. — Francis Schaeffer


If I’m going to be in the right relationship with God, I should treat the things he has made in the same way he treats them. — Francis Schaeffer

Man, made in the image of God, has a purpose–to be in relationship to God, who is there. Man forgets his purpose and thus he forgets who he is and what life means. — Francis Schaeffer

That is our calling: to show that there is a reality in personal relationship, and not just words about it. — Francis Schaeffer

And the purpose of our creation, in which all our subsidiary purposes fit, is to be in a personal relationship to God, in communion with him, in love, by choice, the creature before the Creator. — Francis Schaeffer

Doctrinal rightness and rightness of ecclesiastical position are important, but only as a starting point to go on into a living relationship–and not as ends in themselves. — Francis Schaeffer

When I accept Christ as my Savior… I am immediately in a new and living relationship with each of the three persons of the Trinity. — Francis Schaeffer


We hope these quotes from Francis Schaeffer have inspired you as much as they have us. If you’re looking for more inspiration, or want to learn how to apply these principles to your own life, check out our courses. Our team of experts is passionate about helping people grow in their faith and live a life that honors God. We would love to help you do the same.

Wasting Life?


Test your habit in 4-mins