I’ll make a bet: If I asked you for a $32.79 donation to a Crowdsourcing project to change religion into a “church of hopeful uncertainty” you’d donate

Dear Patheos Friends,I’m Launching a PROJECT “Say NO to Fundamentalism and YES to Mystery, Wonder and Love!”Will You Help?I’ll make a bet: If I asked you for a $32.79 donation to a "Crowdsourcing" project of mine that would change what religion is in America by turning our “church of hopeful uncertainty” into a virtual “mega church” of tolerance, forbearance and love you’d donate.But I’m not asking for that. I want something else: healed souls one at a time!And here’s why I da … [Read more...]

TOP TEN LIST OF WHAT ISRAEL MIGHT DO TO LOSE AMERICAN “PRO- LIFE” EVANGELICAL’S SUPPORT FOR CONTINUING “MILITARY ACTION” AGAINST THE PEOPLE OF GAZA

(John Hagee greets Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu)With apologies to David Letterman, here’s my TOP TEN LIST of things Israel might do that would erode Evangelical American support for Israel’s war on the people of Gaza. (Hold the email, I believe in Israel's right to exist as much as any Middle Eastern messed up country anyway, and so forth... but, that said... maybe existence at ANY moral cost isn't what it's cracked up to be... as any Native American could tell you … [Read more...]

“love embraced as a stark life-changing and essential fact as real as the carbon compounds that form the basis of life”

Those of us raised in the Christian tradition need to choose to either see God in Jesus or to continue to let the Bible define God. Our tradition says that Jesus is God. Maybe we should act as if we think he is instead of worshiping a book.Maybe we should be brave enough to admit that we are compelled to either become blinded ideologues or we need to forthrightly pick and choose what we follow in the Bible. Most Christians do that anyway, many just don’t admit it.Unbelievers relying on g … [Read more...]

The Actual “Pro-Life” Conspiracy That Handed America to the Tea Party & Far Religious Right (An Insider’s Perspective)

According to the New York Times (“Conservatives Hone Script to Light a Fire Over Abortion,” July 25, 2014), Republican operatives are once again gearing up to make abortion a central issue in the next midterm elections. This did not happen by chance. The GOP’s shift from a normal political party to a crusading party driven by moralistic religion was a thought-out conspiracy. I know. I was there.I am not a conspiracy nut. But in this case no other word than conspiracy will do. We did what we d … [Read more...]

what is truer than a story about a journey into one person’s Eternal Present powered by a single bite of tomato on a summer afternoon?

Scientists and theologians can’t offer better than circular arguments, because there are no other kinds of arguments. Bible believers quote the Bible, and scientists quote other scientists. How do either scientists or theologians answer this question about the accuracy of their conclusions: “In reference to what?”Our status as fallen sinners or diminished and newly humbled microbes is calculated in reference to biblical or scientific stories that are self-reinforcing. Is there a frame of refe … [Read more...]

To Understand the Public Relations Disaster that’s Engulfed Christianity Today Magazine, Gordon College & Wheaton College, You Need to Understand the Reconstructionist Movement

If the history of Christianity proves one thing, it’s that you can make the Bible “say” anything. That way God takes the blame for your stupidity, say burning witches or discriminating against gays. Speaking of stupidity, consider the public relations disaster that's engulfed Christianity Today magazine's editor, Gordon College's president and Wheaton College post-Hobby Lobby.When you hear words like “Without a robust religious exemption [from laws protecting civil rights for gays] . . . this … [Read more...]

What is an Evangelical church? An asylum for the easily led says Frank Schaeffer “the bull in your spiritual china shop”

What is an Evangelical church? An asylum for the easily led.Read this review of my new book from the The MethoBlog (a labor of love and a gift to the people called United Methodists Church) and then buy my book and cure your addiction to certainty!Buy today for only $3.99 (Kindle) or $11.00 for the paperback!Here's the review: UMR: Book Review: “Why I am an Atheist Who Believes in God” by Frank SchaefferLatest from the MethoBlogoSphere, UMR by Kevin AltonPublished dig … [Read more...]

“In this context and with a heavy heart, I hereby return my diploma to the Gordon College Board of Trustees”

Frank,   Thanks again for offering to post this on Patheos.com.  In addition to registering my personal protest via the direct letter and return of my diploma to Gordon College, I'm interested in having the letter reach Gordon students, faculty, alumni, and 'friends' of Gordon College.   I sent it to a contact on faculty at Gordon just yesterday morning and have received numerous positive and appreciative responses already.  I understand that the faculty are under a gag order from the adm … [Read more...]


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