Huff Post LIVE on God & Evil with Frank Schaeffer and others 



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About Frank Schaeffer

Frank Schaeffer is an American author, film director, screenwriter and public speaker. He is the son of the late theologian and author Francis Schaeffer. He became a Hollywood film director and author, writing several internationally acclaimed novels including And God Said, "Billy!" as well as the Calvin Becker Trilogy depicting life in a fundamentalist mission home-- Portofino, Zermatt, and Saving Grandma.

  • Agnikan

    God is not a gentleman.

  • http://patheos Threeten2yuma

    God is not “nice.” God is good.

    And, therein, lies the root of humanity’s problem, because we are not good.

    You of all people, Frank, should know this!

  • Luke Gillespie

    Interesting program, Frank. Yes, good points about mystery and how we’re in the thick of it. The eye can’t see itself and we’re more or less incapable of defining an experience while we’re inside it. Of course, there are blurred boundaries to these things, and we have limited language to express our feelings. I think that’s why we have and create art.

    All five had good things to say, but instead of indicting a so-called “perfect” God for not living up to perfection, I want to ask the rationalist on the panel what constitutes being perfect and how much is this perfect God supposed to intervene and stop some or all suffering, whether from humans or from nature? And if we know God would intervene to prevent all or the worst evil and suffering, is that a prerequisite for God to be perfect? How would that change our morals and behavior and relationships with each other one way or the other if there was no evil or suffering, whether God exists or not? Obviously, we’d cease to be humanity as we know it. I wonder if we would have the capacity to love and forgive, and, as the pastoral theologian said so well, we would not have the opportunity to come together with love and care for our neighbors when they are suffering, whether at the hands of other humans, institutions, or nature (doesn’t mean we should hope for evil or suffering–there’s plenty to go around without asking). The rationalist on the panel would do well to listen more carefully to your point about the limitations of science and rational inquiry itself. A dose of Kierkegaard wouldn’t hurt him. :)