I don’t know how I missed this a few weeks back, but Harold Fickett reviews Barry Hankins book Francis Schaeffer and the Shaping of Evangelical America. Fickett, himself a former student of Schaeffer’s, concludes his review by writing:
The problems within evangelicalism that plagued Schaeffer have not gone away. Because evangelical Christianity’s weak ecclesiology persists, evangelicals must find a means beyond church structures to maintain a consensus on Christian essentials. The usual strategies are to defend a particular view of the Bible, as Schaeffer did, to privilege experience, or to be so busy marketing conversion that the great remainder of Christian life is neglected. The questions of Schaeffer’s life—how to balance faith and reason, doctrine and love, engagement and piety—remain at the heart of evangelicalism’s dilemmas.
You can read the whole thing here.