Once in a while I see the work of a young artist and a bomb goes off in my head— I mean that in a good way. Heather Murphy is one such artist. Her work reminds me of O’Keefe, with shades of Warhol. She can paint! But her painting has a freedom to it that’s stunning. I mean— what to make of an artist that paints rock star icons AND flowers, pop posters that could have been Pink Floyd album covers AND lyrical almost transparent studies of nature? Then there’s her humor. Look I’l … [Read more...]
Brandan Robertson is my friend. He interviewed me several times at the Wild Goose Festival. The world of faith and hope is lucky to have this brilliant, kind lovey refugee from Moody Bible Institute. Now he's been screwed by the evangelical homophobic cowards. To hell with them. They put marketing above honor. A Christian book publisher has scrapped an author’s book deal – after he came out as queer. Evangelical writer Brandan Robertson had signed a deal last year for Destiny Image to publish hi … [Read more...]
No, I don't write books about God like Tony does. And I'm persona non grata on the Evangelical circuit where Tony thrives... But I like Tony--lots-- and I'm rooting for his new book and him too. Here's an excerpt.Blessed Are Those Who MournAn Excerpt from ALOOF: Figuring Out Life with a GOD Who HIDES By Tony KrizWe religious folks work very hard to try and conjure up God’s presence. We will do about anything we can to infuse enough God-feeling into an event to get people to show up. W … [Read more...]
The Religious-Right’s Genius For Picking “Winners” : Are the New Atheists Paying Evangelical leaders like Franklin Graham & Mike Huckabee To Make Jesus Look Stupid?
So here's my question: Are the so-called New Atheists paying evangelical leaders like Franklin Graham, Mike Huckabee and D. Michael Lindsay to make Jesus look stupid? Or as I write in my new book WHY I AM AN ATHEIST WHO BELIEVES IN GOD: How to give love, create beauty and find peace (Chapter 9, page, 45): Sam likes to call me out of the blue and casually mention the latest dumb stunt perpetrated by the Religious Right, the Roman Catholic bishops or the Republican Party, as if I have anything to … [Read more...]
My FB Family Responded with 200+ Amazing Answers On What the Right, Left, Atheist and Religious Can ALL Agree On (The Results Are Refreshing, Hopeful and Kind)
"Wow Frank! This is freakin' awesome! I have been blown away by everything I've read here. Look at all the love, and common ground! Tears of joy! WOW!!!"***HERE IS HOW I ASKED MY FB FAMILY THE QUESTION... Please read their answers posted below!Frank Schaeffer Posted 21 hours agoQ: Do you know why I (mostly) don’t ban trolls and people who seem to hate me from this page?A: I actually believe in free speech and… also…Believe it or not, I think my friends on the … [Read more...]
Q: Do you know why I (mostly) don’t ban trolls and people who seem to hate me from my FB page? Please Join my FB page thought experiment!
*Here is what I just posted on my FB page. Will you join this thought experiment, post a comment on FB for publication here on Patheos? Q: Do you know why I (mostly) don’t ban trolls and people who seem to hate me from this page?A: I actually believe in free speech and… also…Believe it or not, I think my friends on the right--even the religious right--need to be heard no matter what.So… will you trolls, friends, and enemies alike, for once pretend we’re real neighbors and maybe j … [Read more...]
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. The pressure parents put on kids of seventeen, eighteen and nineteen to get into the “right schools” is stressful and cruel. So please forgive me while I preach a little about the joy of children and grandchildren, because plenty of sensible people will tell yo … [Read more...]