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...]

a 7-year-old first grader stands up to the religious right WATCH THIS CLIP

 In this video clip Zea--a 7-year-old first grader--stands up to bully religious right. The argument he shouted at her could have been taken from the pages of evangelical sources and their reaction to the Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage. When this preacher began ranting at a child through a microphone, little Zea just waved her rainbow flag and never backed down.Her dad, Ryan Bowling, posted this video of the confrontation on YouTube. It took place over the weekend at ComF … [Read more...]

Republican Lies About Obama Contributed to the Climate of Murder and Hate That Just Exploded in SC

The white supremacist gunman told his black victims "you rape our women and you're taking over our country" as he massacred nine people inside a historic African-American church in the southern city of Charleston, according to news reports. The killer said he thought blacks were trying to take over America. Then he killed the pastor and eight other "invaders."( This April 2015 photo released by the Lexington County Detention Center shows Dylann Roof, 21. Photo / AFP)The young suspect … [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...]

Laura Hillenbrand did it, so just quit whining and write!

Someday I’ll show the movie Seabiscuit to my grandchildren Jack (4) and Lucy (6). On November 1, 1938, President Roosevelt and 40 million other people listening to the radio were captivated by a match race at the Pimlico Race Course between Seabiscuit, the underdog, and War Admiral. Seabiscuit was a small, insignificant horse, “the horse from the other side of the tracks who became a champion,” wrote one commentator. In the movie, a reporter reacting to the coast-to-coast publicity for the race e … [Read more...]


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