The Terrifying Truth about the USA (And All of Us) That Trump’s Rise to Power Confirms and What to Do about It

Before Trump became president there was room for debate about what and who we Americans really are. Not anymore. We know ourselves now because Trump is our mirror.Before Trump became president there was room for charity when it came to considering who white evangelicals might be; how enlightened the “New South” might be; who and what the Republican Party is: the collective brain power of our country; the value of internet connectivity and disruption: the level of optimism about our future tha … [Read more...]

Free: Read a sample chapter from my new forthcoming book “Letters to Lucy”

 "Letters to Lucy" is a multimedia project I've worked on for 3 years. Now I've teamed up with EJ, a great designer to bring it out as an iBook. We've chosen to publish the book this way because it allows us to show and experience the art, movies, TV and music I speak of. Why the book? Because someone has to try and rebuild our civilization! Look for "Letters to Lucy" in the next few months and click the link below to read, watch and listen to the first chapter FOR FREE on my new … [Read more...]

Here’s What I’ve Learned from the Experiences Offered by Life In General, And by Fatherhood and Grandparenthood In Particular: Beauty Matters More than Career

Once during a brief visit home while I was on a particularly travel-filled and arduous university lecture tour in 2014, my granddaughter Lucy (then 5) asked me plaintively, “Ba, but why are you traveling so much?”“To sell my latest book,” I said. “I earn my living as a writer.”She thought about this for a few moments and then stated emphatically, “Ba, you should write less!”It seems to me that Lucy had already gotten one thing right: she intuitively knew that our human connections are … [Read more...]

I’m a white male in North America’s upper middle class

I’m a white male in North America’s upper middle class.This inglorious inheritance of slaveholders, misogynists, and war-makers shapes what I experience and, just as importantly, do not experience—i.e., what black men undergo in our country’s criminal and judicial system or even during casual traffic stops and what women of all races and classes endure when confronted by our culture’s everyday sexism and what gay women and men face in the daily bigotry (or worse in the all-too-common violence … [Read more...]

Riffing once again on the ironic absurdity of fundamentalist religion and political fallout

 These days—as is reflected in the series of paintings I’m doing (as I write these lines in January 2017) I’m riffing once again on the ironic absurdity of fundamentalist religion per se and its political fallout. Another painting of mine in the series is called “When the Manna Ran out God Inexplicably Began Dropping Cyclamens, Old Teddy Bears and Champagne on the People of Israel and Unintentionally Killed Moses with a Good Bottle of California Chandon.” (Call this my anti-Christian Zio … [Read more...]

WATCH THIS: do NOT miss Meryl Streep’s classy, moral, Christlike and historic destruction of Trump at Golden Globe Awards 2017

(Photo YouTube) Meryl Streep gave a defining speech Sunday after receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes, slamming Trump for his anti-immigration stances and for mocking the disabled while campaigning. She then encouraged viewers to support the Committee to Protect Journalists, something Trump discourages. It was a huge welcome humane and truthful middle finger directed to an ignorant bully and crank who can’t even dream of Meryl’s grace, education, awareness and compassion let … [Read more...]

A sneak peek at the new painting series I’m working on called, “More Useless Miracles by an Absurd God for People Dumb Enough to Vote For Trump.” Please WATCH

 A sneak peek at the new painting series I'm working on called, "More Useless Miracles by an Absurd God for People Dumb Enough to Vote For Trump." Please WATCH (2 min) Everything will be up on my art site by April 1, 2017.``````````````````````````````````````````````````````````P.S. If you want to know a little more about where I'm coming from and my perspective on politics, religion and the intersection of faith and life-- here's a new movie about me. (It's below the … [Read more...]

Goodbye Evangelicals: “let me be FRANK” — here’s the trailer to the movie about my journey to truth from religious certainty addiction

Living the Questions, in association with Creatista Film and Photography, presents "let me be FRANK," the traitorous turnabout of an evangelical heir apparent. Watch the trailer, and sign-up to be notified when the film is available for viewing at letmebefrankmovie.com.Follow Frank on Twitter www.twitter.com/frankschaefferSee Frank’s paintings http://www.frankschaefferart.com/Follow Frank on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/frank.schaeffer.16 Contact Frank at ht … [Read more...]