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October 2010                                                                                                               Vol. 1 Issue 2

Momentous things are happening at the L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture. September 14, 2010 marked a landmark event in the history of both the Center for Faith and Culture and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.  In chapel on that day the Center was entrusted with the
schaeffer_paper_presention_with_caption_275x316.jpg voluminous personal papers of Francis A. Schaeffer by Udo and Deborah Middelmann of the Francis A. Schaeffer Foundation. The papers are to be housed in the library of Southeastern Seminary.Much work is yet to be done to archive and digitized the papers, but we at the Center are very grateful for the privilege and responsibility to be the guardians of such a collection. The feature article in this issue of the Faith and Culture Update highlights the life and work of Francis Schaeffer.

Also of note in the life of the Center was the inception of the new C.S. Lewis Society at Wake Forest that will be under the Center's direction. The beginning of the new society was announced on October 22 at the Center's Forum night lecture, "'We Were Made for Heaven:' An Introduction to C. S. Lewis" presented by Dr. Michael Travers. Please look forward to more details regarding the society's future activities.


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 Bruce A. Little, PhD
 Professor of Philosophy 
 Director, L. Russ Bush Center for Faith & Culture
 Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Francis Schaeffer, by Bruce Little

This article first appeared in The Gospel and Our Culture, Cambridge CB3 OPP, England.

francis_schaeffer_200x220.jpgFrancis A. Schaeffer (1912-1984) spent most of his adult life with his wife Edith and their four children in Switzerland where they founded L'Abri Fellowship, the story of which can be found in Edith Schaeffer's wonderful book, The Tapestry.  Over the years, hundreds of people came to L'Abri where many found Christ as Schaeffer listened carefully to their questions and helped them to see how historic Christianity answered those questions. Consequently, Schaeffer eventually earned the reputation of Continue reading this article on our website...

Francis Schaeffer: A Mind and Heart for God    

schaeffer_book_67x100.jpgFrancis Schaeffer: A Mind and Heart for God contains chapters based on lectures given by the speakers at the Center's 2008 conference, "Francis Schaeffer: A Mind and Heart for God: Engaging the Culture for Christ." 

Buy it from the publisher, P & R Publishing or

Book Review and Recommendations

Culture Matters: A Call for Consensus on Christian Cultural Engagement. T. M. Moore. Grand Rapids: Brazos, 2007, ISBN 978-1-58743-187-6, 172 pp., paperback, $16.99

T. M. Moore has given us a fine little volume, Culture Matters, in which he argues that Christians should engage culture in a way that reflects God's reign and that Christians should therefore overcome their cultural passivity and find a broad consensus for cultural involvement. Moore is dean of the Centurions Program of the Wilberforce Forum, principle of The Fellowship of Ailbe, author or editor of twenty books, and author of numerous other essays, papers, articles, and poems. Continue reading this book review on our website...

Review by, Bruce Ashford, PhD, Dean of the College at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and Associate Professor of Philosophy & Intercultural Studies, Senior Fellow, L. Russ Bush Center for Faith & Culture

The Many Faces of Evil: Theological Systems and the Problems of Evil.  Revised and Expanded Edition.  John S. Feinberg.  Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway, 2004, ISBN 1-58134-567-4, 544 pp., paperback, $35.00

This volume is a comprehensive discussion of a theological issue that fairly treats opposing positions, adequately defends theistic claims and provides a solid foundational tool for apologetic scholarship.

Moral Darwinism: How We Became Hedonists. Benjamin Wiker. Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 2002, ISBN 0830826661, 321 pp., paperback, $25.00

Ben Wiker's Moral Darwinism is a plausible account of the philosophical, scientific and moral lineage that runs from Epicurus to Darwin. 

Recommendations by, Mark Liederbach, PhD, Vice President for Student Services, Dean of Students and Associate Professor of Christian Ethics, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Senior Fellow, L. Russ Bush Center for Faith & Culture 


Website Recommendations                                    

links_113x90.jpgThe Center for Science and Culture at The Discovery Institute

The Center for Science and Culture, housed at The Discovery Institute in Seattle, WA, addresses current issues at the intersection of faith and science. 

Probe Ministries

Probe Ministries seeks to present the gospel by integrating faith and learning. In addition to the radio ministry, the website provides “Resources” such as “Redeeming Culture,” which is a list of topical studies on current issues at the nexus of faith and culture.

“Provocations,” a Journal from the Trinity Forum

“Provocations,” the journal of the Trinity Forum, seeks to “provoke reflection on faith’s implications” for all of life from a “broadly Christian perspective.” 

Website Recommendations by, Michael Travers, PhD, Professor of English, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Senior Fellow, L. Russ Bush Center for Faith & Culture 

January Issue Preview                                   

  • "'A Far-Off Country:' Longing for Heaven in C. S. Lewis's The Voyage of the Dawn Treader," by Dr. Michael Travers
  • Book Review, by Dr. Mark Liederbach
  • More Book and Website Recommendations
In this issue


Francis Schaeffer, by Bruce Little

Francis Schaeffer: A Mind and Heart for God

Book Review and Recommendations

Website Recommendations

January Issue Preview

 Upcoming Events

stuart_mcallister_75x88.jpgNov. 4 - 6 - Stuart McAllister: The Gospel in Contemporary Culture featuring Stuart McAllister of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries

Thursday, November 4

Time: 8 p.m.

Venue: NC State - Derr Track (outdoor track) NC State Campus Crusade for Christ

Lecture Title:"Life's Pursuit and the Question of Meaning"         

Charge: No charge

 Stuart McAllister at
Friday, November 5

Event 1 - Students Only
Time: 1 p.m.
L. Russ Bush Center for Faith & Culture Seminar Room, 2nd Floor, Patterson Hall, SEBTS
Lecture Title:"Know Your Audience"
Charge:No charge

Event 2 -  General Public Invited
Time: 7 p.m. (Registration begins at 6 p.m. in the Jacumin-Simpson lobby.)
Venue: Eitel Auditorium, Jacumin-Simpson Building, SEBTS
Lecture Title: "The Gospel in a Pluralistic Society"

Charge: $10 per personRegister for Stuart McAllister: The Gospel in Contemporary Culture in Wake Forest, NC on Eventbrite

Saturday, November 6

Worldview/ Apologetics Workshop: "Defending the Indefensible: Does the Gospel Hold Up in the Real World?"

Time: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Venue: Richland Creek Community Church, Wake Forest, NC

Session 1: "Richard Dawkins Thinks You're Dangerous: Do Christians Really Reject the Life of the Mind?"

Session 2: "Defending the Indefensible: The Gospel as Public Truth and Its Robust Defense"

Lunch: Q & A with Stuart McAllister 

Charge: $25 per person - includes continental breakfast and lunch

Register for Stuart McAllister: The Gospel in Contemporary Culture in Wake Forest, NC on Eventbrite

francis_schaeffer_75x88.jpgNov. 8 - Francis A. Schaeffer Papers Exhibit

Time: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Featuring: Francis Schaeffer's personal Bible, his correspondence, books translated into different languages, his notes for books and films he publshied as well as some of his sermon notes and various other pieces.

Place: L. Russ Bush Center for Faith & Culture, Seminar Room, 2nd Floor, Patterson Hall, SEBTS

 Enrichment Opportunities
 The Screwtape Letters - the provocative and wickedly witty theatrical adaptation of the C.S. Lewis novel about spiritual warfare from a demon's point of view, will be presented by Fellowship for the Performing Arts at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, 2 East South Street, Raleigh, NC, 27601, in a limited engagement on Saturday, November 6 at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. 

Mentorship Program

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