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 Brian D. McLaren: “Frank Schaeffer’s new book is available at Amazon. Great read. Hilarious, raw, surprising. Get it!”
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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.

  • Wondering

    Hi Frank!

    Just wanted to drop you a note today to
    let you know that I have been eagerly working my way these past couple
    weeks through a number of your books. Right now I am nearing the end of
    “Patience with God” and am also half-way through “Crazy for God.” I
    didn’t know anything about your story until I saw the post from Brian
    McLaren on his blog a little while back – and I also recently watched
    the documentary “Hellbound?” and deeply appreciated your perspective and
    comments there. Those two things started me on an exploration of Amazon
    to find out where I could hear more of your thoughts.

    the past year I stepped away from serving as a pastor in an evangelical
    setting that has many similarities to the one you grew up in. It has
    been quite a journey for me to see things in a new light. Often the
    journey of discovering a new way of looking at God and the world has
    been a bit lonely since my entire network of relationships was/is tied
    up in the evangelical world. But I’m quite certain there is no going
    back at this point. The air is so much easier to breathe on this side.

    through your memoir in “Crazy for God” feels strangely liberating for
    me. I feel like I have a conversation partner that actually understands
    what I’m going through. Thanks for writing. Thanks for helping me to see
    that my struggle and journey out of this “mess” isn’t unique to me
    alone… I can’t wait to get my hands on the Calvin Becker trilogy!

    Keep up the great work. Your voice is needed and necessary.

    • Ginny Bain Allen

      Doubt will lead to one of two inevitable consequences. Faithful doubt leads to a deeper embrace of the truth, with doubt serving to point us into a deeper knowledge, trust, and understanding of the truth. Pernicious doubt leads to unfaithfulness, unbelief, skepticism, cynicism, and despair. Christians who are struggling with doubt, need to seek help from the faithful, not the faithless. ~Dr. Albert Mohler

      The British nineteenth-century poet Lord Tennyson made this point rather nicely in his poem The Ancient Sage:

      For nothing worthy proving can be proven,

      Nor yet disproven; wherefore thou be wise,

      Cleave ever to the sunnier side of doubt.

      Check out Alister McGrath’s Doubt and the Vain Search for Certainty:

      • Wondering

        You lost me at “Dr. Albert Mohler”… Sorry, hard to take seriously someone that quotes him! On a more serious note though – thanks for the reply. I’m on a good journey, and enjoying it very much. I don’t think I’m searching so much for certainty as I am for plausibility…

        • Ginny Bain Allen

          It doesn’t really matter who made the comment concerning faithful and pernicious doubt, because it’s truth wisely spoken.
          “If you want your faith, you have to work for it. It is a gift, but for very few is it a gift given without any demand for equal time devoted to its cultivation. For every book you read that is anti-Christian, make it your business to read one that presents the other side of the picture; if one isn’t satisfactory read others. Don’t think that you have to abandon reason to be a Christian. A book that might help you is The Unity of Philosophical Experience by Etienne Gilson. Another is Newman’s The Grammar of Assent. To find out about faith, you have to go to the people who have it and you have to go to the most intelligent ones if you are going to stand up intellectually to agnostics and the general run of pagans that you are going to find in the majority of people around you… Even in the life of a Christian, faith rises and falls like the tides of an invisible sea. It’s there, even when he can’t see it or feel it, if he wants it to be there. You realize, I think, that it is more valuable, more mysterious, altogether more immense than anything you can learn or decide upon in college. Learn what you can, but cultivate Christian skepticism. It will keep you free – not free to do anything you please, but free to be formed by something larger than your own intellect or the intellects of those around you. I don’t know if this is the kind of answer that can help you, but any time you care to write me, I can try to do better.”
          – Flannery O’Connor writing response to college student Alfred Corn
          What do you glean from 2 Peter 2?