If there were no “holy books” how much easier it would be to believe in God!

(The "Last Judgement" by Michelangelo, Courtesy the Vatican archive)If there were no “holy books” how much easier it would be to believe in God! An oral tradition and a rich liturgical expression of divinity lovingly shared in a faith community are much more convincing than words on a page. The images I see from the Hubble telescope do more to suggest a loving creative God besotted by beauty than most Bible passages. One hug from my grandchildren Amanda, Ben, Lucy, Jack and Nora teaches me mo … [Read more...]

WATCH President Obama interview David Attenborough on climate change, nature, beauty, education and so much more- DO NOT MISS THIS NEW AMAZING EVENT!!!

President Obama is a big fan of  David Attenborough (I am too). Here the President interviews Attenborough on climate change. This is one of the most unusual and wonderful interviews I've ever seen. It is so important too. Please watch and share. DO NOT MISS THIS NEW AMAZING EVENT!!!Frank Schaeffer is a writer. His latest book --WHY I AM AN ATHEIST WHO BELIEVES IN GOD: How to give love, create beauty and find peaceAvailable now on Amazon Follow Frank on Twitte … [Read more...]

I’m So Grateful That I Sold These 2 Paintings Including 1 From My New Summer Show

Here are 2 paintings that just sold from my art site. Thank you!  A Hope-Filled Spring Meets Ageless Roman TerracottaDetailsRome, Greece, art, love… when the present meets the past I see flowers tossed up against a sunbaked terracotta Roman wall! I long to share the joy!Oil paint on canvas, 24 x 24, © 2015SOLDEmail frankaschaeffer@aol.com  about this pain … [Read more...]

Please Join me at the Wild Goose Festival (get 30% off your ticket too!)

I’d like to thank you for being a part of my life and thus part of my favorite event: the Wild Goose Festival this year! I donate my time to WG each year and pay my own expenses to get there as well as speak at WG, because I always am refreshed. This is my once-a-year church/cleanse/rejuvenate session. Join me please, maybe even buy me a beer! Will you help me spread this word? Please share the good news about Wild Goose with your network. You can share this also: when you or your friends use t … [Read more...]

Watch! Enjoy! I’ve been singing this all day!

Here is a video composed and sung by my nephew Ranald Macaulay's children. They live in the UK where he teaches and his wife is a musician. Their son Simeon came up with the first part to this song while driving in their car. Noah their other son, then made up the following verses in bed while going to sleep. Dorry (their very talented musical mother) then put it all together and made a video. Enjoy! I've been singing this all day!Frank Schaeffer is a writer. His latest book --WHY I AM AN A … [Read more...]

There is only one defense against the rising, worldwide, fear-filled fundamentalist tide engulfing all religions

My way of trying to encounter God within a church community may well be poison for others. We all bring our backgrounds with us. We’re all running from something. For instance, I know several people raised in the Orthodox Church who have fled to evangelical communities and found God there, or at least found a happier version of themselves. I know other people who share my sort of religious background and they can only find spiritual solace in gatherings of atheists. More power to them! We are a … [Read more...]

Put it this way: church may be a son-of-a-bitch, but it’s my son-of-a-bitch!

Some of my secular (or lapsed ex-religious) friends don’t get why I “still” go to church. When they say, “Frank, God’s only in your head!” my answer is, “Yeah, whatever. What isn’t?”Or as the poet Yehuda Amichai writes in Gods Come and Go, Prayers Remain Forever:I say with perfect faiththat prayers precede God.Prayers created God.God created man,And man creates prayersthat create God who creates man.My question isn’t, “Did I create God who creates me?” but, “Do I n … [Read more...]

Here is my NEW Summer 2015 Show of my Paintings… Please Take a LOOK

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Here is my new Summer 2015 show of my paintings. Please visit my art site HERE.If you'd like to buy a painting contact me. Thanks! I'll have some of these with me at WILD GOOSE 2015!The theme of my summer show is transcendent resurrection of the spirit. This revival of hope is open to all-- atheist, believer and agnostic. I believe in beauty as the intrinsic truth. Here is my small new contribution to that truth. My muses are my grandchildren, Amanda, Ben, Lucy, Jack and Nora. … [Read more...]


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