U2 Surprise Release New Album “Songs of Innocence”

U2 Surprise Release New Album Songs of Innocence for Free on iTunes By Jeremy Gordon (First published in Pitchfork)At an Apple event held today in Cupertino, California, U2 both announced and released their new album, Songs of Innocence. (That's the cover, above.) The follow up to 2009's No Line on the Horizon is available for free, right now, for anyone who uses iTunes, iTunes Radio, or Beats Music. It will be an Apple exclusive until October 13, when it will receive a physical release … [Read more...]

Hooray for the Serendipitous Messy Exchange of Body Fluids!

"We’re living in an acquisitive capitalist society that is fundamentally anti-family and fundamentally uncomfortable with just enjoying being human. We’d rather shop than live, acquire than love and stare into a screen than hold each other." Here's my wife Genie when she was 18 with our first child Jessica Over lunch today, my wife Genie told me that looking back at the time when we were living with my family at L’Abri in Switzerland in the 1970s, she feels especially grateful to my parents. Ge … [Read more...]

American Liberals and Conservatives Created ISIS Together Deal With It

Liberals can't get their minds around the fact that radical Islam is evilConservatives can't get their minds around the fact that uncritical support of Israel has turned 1 billion Muslims needlessly into our enemiesLiberals can't get their minds around the fact that Western culture produced democracy in a way Islamic culture won't in other words there never will be an Arab "Spring" until there is an Arab enlightenmentConservatives can't get their minds around the fact that George W B … [Read more...]

I WANT TO TALK TO YOU (personally) ABOUT HOW to CHANGE the NATIONAL DEBATE on RELIGION whatever you BELIEVE… or DON’T BELIEVE

Here's the deal: I'm talking "virtual book tour" to you!Just buy 8 copies or more of my new book in paperback and I'll give you ONE HOUR face-to-face on Skype with me and we can use that time any way you want (within reason! ).And/or I will talk to your group, class, church, whatever-- to discuss my book and what I'd like to do about changing the entire conversation about faith and spirituality.Let's embrace uncertainty and paradox together.Help me turn the book into a movement. … [Read more...]

If you read one thing today, please read this: Sex Goes Virtual

Losing Our TouchBy RICHARD KEARNEYAugust 30, 2014 11:30 August 30, 2014 11:30 amThe New York TimesAre we losing our senses? In our increasingly virtual world, are we losing touch with the sense of touch itself? And if so, so what?I recently had occasion to pose these questions to students in a college class I teach on eros — “from Plato to today.” Not surprisingly, the topic of physical contact and sex came up, and the conversation turned very much to “today.” A number of the … [Read more...]

Who is actually following Jesus: fundamentalist Christians rejecting gay men and lesbians’ right to marry, or atheist humanists treating men and women with love and dignity?

Who is actually following Jesus: fundamentalist Christians rejecting gay men and lesbians’ right to marry, or atheist humanists treating men and women with love and dignity? Fact-based, enlightened atheists sometimes treat people like shit, and delusional fundamentalists sometimes treat people with compassion in spite of their harsh theology. Labels don’t mean anything. Who cares about labels when someone is slapping you in the face? Who cares about labels when someone is saving you from dro … [Read more...]

I Will Do a FREE Book Group SKYPE Session Talk and Q&A For You: Here’s HOW

I Will Do a FREE Book Group SKYPE Session Talk and Q&A For You. Here's HOW:Before October 1 2014, you, your group, book club, church, friends, family or school buy a minimum of 8 paperback copies of my new book "Why I Am an Atheist Who Believes in God" You provide proof of purchase with the emailed Amazon order confirmation or a scanned copy of a bookstore receipt and email it to me You email me at frankaschaeffer@aol.com send the proof of purchase and propose a TIME and DATE for … [Read more...]

The impact of Jesus’ feminism has yet to be fully realized

The impact of Jesus’ feminism has yet to be fully realized. Even famous women receive an extraordinary amount of abuse.Women are attacked with sexual innuendo and threats of sexual violence online. Feminists who ask for basic respect and equality are belittled.If a woman calls out gender bias, she is likely to hear, “strident bitch with no sense of humor!” In our culture, an admirably strong woman is deemed “not a lady.” Being seen as nurturing is also seen as a political weakness, even b … [Read more...]


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