This Thanksgiving Share Your Story with Me on my Facebook Page about Your Deliverance from Fundamentalist Certainty & I’ll Publish It

Go to my Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/frank.schaeffer.16  and tell me about what happened to you in the Evangelical, Roman Catholic, Atheist, Muslim, Jewish (other) worlds of fundamentalism and why you left, changed, went in a new direction, rebelled, moderated your views...I WILL PUBLISH YOUR COMMENT MADE ON MY Facebook PAGE IN MY THANKSGIVING BLOG Here ON PATHEOS.COM(Note I'll only publish the comments made on my Facebook  page not ones made here... SO please go the … [Read more...]

I have a nagging question for my atheist friends: if we’re nothing, why bother to convince us of our nothingness? Who cares?

 Today’s secular science of human insignificance inspires its own theology. This secular theology assigns us a contradictory groveling insignificant, significance. We have evolved to a high enough level of ethical consciousness to understand that we’re guilty as charged, and are merely insignificant and yet, morally culpable destroyers of life.We may not be saying “Lord have mercy” so often these days, but we’re still muttering “I’m unworthy!” As with past theology, a vast oeuvre of … [Read more...]

“The god of the church had been made small and placed in a box…”

My new book is now in bookstores. Barnes & Noble has stocked it in big numbers. So have many smaller stores. Please help me spread the word! Please check your local store. I want to help my book find new readers and also help bookstores! I’m working my butt off traveling and speaking—for FREE—to audiences all over the US and Canada. In response I’m getting email and FB messages by the hundreds like this one:“For the first time in two decades I felt that I was listening to someone who unde … [Read more...]

“Dear Frank, Thanks to you, as a Jew I can say that I am a follower of Jesus”

Who knew I'd write a book that would help a Jew connect more deeply with his Jewish spirituality? "I heard my rabbi better this year as I fasted and sat all day in the synagogue on Yom Kippur in Riverside, CA., and was more focused. Yes, I really think that reading your books and connecting with you helped that much."Hi , Frank, when I first wrote to you after reading one of your posts on Huff Post, I was depressed. You were so kind to write back.  It really made a difference to me. A few … [Read more...]

Facebook and My Book “It was a ‘god-send’ so to speak, for me”

Here's an ongoing exchange with some of my Facebook friends. Frank SchaefferThe verdict is inA reader writes a note that represents hundreds of other similar notes:“Your new book ‘Why I Am an Atheist Who Believes in God’ is for every parent and grandparent with a child or grandchild who gave up on God. This is the only book I’ve read in the last 20 years that will give people a second chance with spirituality if they’ve been driven away by bad religion and worse ‘Christian … [Read more...]

My Parents Stayed Married Because my Father Tearfully Apologized for Hitting Mom and then Worked to Curb his Violent Male Dominant (Calvinist-Fed) Temper

My parents stayed married because my father tearfully apologized for hitting Mom and then worked to curb his violent dominant male temper. The redemptive message or fairytales in which Mom and Dad believed were their path to a life infused with hope and light. Their theological certainties, delusional or otherwise, motivated them to provide many people with meaningful real-life encounters with goodness and mercy.So who is actually delusional? Who is actually following Jesus: fundamentalist … [Read more...]

Embracing paradox helped me discover that religion is a neurological disorder for which faith is the only cure

My kaleidoscopic beliefs are fickle and motivated by desire, wishful thinking, and wanting to fit in with my family and community and to make my marriage work. My dogmatic declarations of faith once provided status, ego-stroking power over others and a much better income than I’ve ever earned since fleeing the evangelical machine. Certainty made things simple, gave me an answer to every question and paid the bills.With the acceptance of paradox came a new and blessed uncertainty that began t … [Read more...]

To Some Atheists and Christians Alike the Phrase “I’m an atheist who believes in God” is ‘Illogical’ and ‘Impossible’ because they are Narrow-Minded Literalists

Why do you think so many atheists seem so evangelistic? They even sometimes speak of their moment of “de-conversion” as a flip-side to the so-called born again experience. If life teaches us anything it's that certainty is overrated.The real life-lessons aren't found in intellectual theories much less in theology, but in seeing life through the lens of those we love most. For instance, I actually experienced brief and perfect instants when death lost its sting.Being with my granddaughter … [Read more...]


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