Does church help you to become the sort of person you’d pick to be stuck on a desert island with?

When I first joined the Greek Orthodox Church in 1990 I argued the finer points of theology and church history with my long-suffering evangelical mother and sisters. (Dad was spared, having died in 1984.) I argued as if any church I happened to join was ipso-facto the gatekeeper to heaven. I argued in a way that implied that a human could find THE TRUTH and judge others by it. I argued in a way that denied that our brains process what we hear and see and touch and, therefore, all information is … [Read more...]

Race-Based Obama Hate Fox Fantasy-land v. FACTS

As 2014 wraps up it's a good time to compare Race-Based Obama Hate Fox Fantasy-land opinion to the FACTS. Here are quotes from actual articles in the right wing GOP-dreamworld compared to ACTUAL FACTS. (Note to Fox Watchers, Republicans, Tea Party members the Koch brothers etc.,: There are such things as facts. Here's what a fact is: Something that actually exists; reality; truth; something known to exist or to have happened; a truth known by actual experience or observation; something known to b … [Read more...]

The Evangelical FAIL on Mental Health: 100+ of my FB Friends Tell Their Shockingly Poignant Stories

Pastors, teachers, mothers, fathers, grandparents, psychologists, counselors-- everyone: ignore these unedited shockingly poignant stories of the failure of Christians to address mental health issues at your peril. On December 23, I posted this question on my FB page. Please read the revealing responses that follow. Then "like" my FB page and join us in our many ongoing robust discussions you will only find on my page...Is Mental Illness Caused By "Unrepentant Sin"? How Did … [Read more...]

My Christmas Day Thank You (Written 9:52 AM Today)

Dear God,I hope you exist mostly because I am so grateful for life and love. I would hate for there to be no one to thank. My act of faith this Christmas Day is a simple thank you.Thank you for...The empathy time-bomb Jesus set off in history by forgiving rather than condemningAngels that enter my life each day bringing  peace and good newsMy parents who showed me love and compassion and opened the door to beautyGenie who has been my wife for 44 yearsJessica, Francis a … [Read more...]

Is Mental Illness Caused By “Unrepentant Sin”? How Did Christians Help or Worsen Your Mental Health Problems?

Is mental illness caused by "Unrepentant Sin"? How did Christians help or worsen your mental health problems? This Christmastime share your story on my Facebook Page.My father Francis Schaeffer suffered from depression and I've also felt the dark night of the soul from time to time. How about you? Did anyone help you? In our evangelical family depression was treated as a "spiritual problem" or a "lack of faith." We didn't believe in professional mental health care. We were more likely to … [Read more...]

Here’s Why Atheists Can (Should?) Enjoy Going to Church this Christmas (Listen to my Interview on Faith and Atheism)

Listen to the Interview on why atheists can enjoy going to church by "clicking" HERE December 16, 2014 Host: Josh Zepps  Fox News’ "War on Christmas" is already in full swing, as Bill O’Reilly wasted no time jumping into battle this year to defend the holiday from the great secular menace. However, it looks like Bill might be able to leave the trenches a little early this year; according to a new Pew survey, just over 70 percent of Americans believe that Jesus was literally birthed … [Read more...]

Cynicism and Paranoia in the “War on Christmas” Please Listen to my (wide ranging) interview with my friend atheist radio/TV/HuffingtonPost Host: Josh Zepps

Frank Schaeffer on Cynicism and Paranoia in the “War on Christmas” Listen to the Interview on religious "victimology" by "clicking" HERE December 16, 2014 Host: Josh Zepps  Fox News’ "War on Christmas" is already in full swing, as Bill O’Reilly wasted no time jumping into battle this year to defend the holiday from the great secular menace. However, it looks like Bill might be able to leave the trenches a little early this year; according to a new Pew survey, just over 70 percent of … [Read more...]

Joe Cocker RIP (Watch the CLIP)

Joe Cocker 20 May 1944 – 22 December 2014 thanks for the voice, the memories and the tunes. I'll miss you. Here's the classic Woodstock clip, please watch and remember. Frank Schaeffer is a writer. His latest book --WHY I AM AN ATHEIST WHO BELIEVES IN GOD: How to give love, create beauty and find peaceAvailable now on Amazon Follow Frank on Twitter www.twitter.com/frank_schaeffer See Frank’s paintings http://www.frankschaefferart.com/ Follow Frank on Facebook http … [Read more...]


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