What’s needed to save the dwindling Church is a new paradigm: the embrace of atheism as the true religion and religion as the true atheism. Like box stores, the trend in churches is a few get huge while the rest slowly fade away. Progressive Christians and fundamentalists seem to agree when they look for causes of church attendance decline. They parse the details of how church is “done” related to both theology and method. To rock out or not? To affirm a literal gospel, or not?These quest … [Read more...]
The future of the meta-universe Church is not going to be about more or less entertainment, rock bands or cool hip young leaders but about openly embracing doubt
I WANT TO TALK TO YOU (personally) ABOUT HOW to CHANGE the NATIONAL DEBATE on RELIGION whatever you BELIEVE… or DON’T BELIEVE
Here's the deal: I'm talking "virtual book tour" to you!Just buy 8 copies or more of my new book in paperback and I'll give you ONE HOUR face-to-face on Skype with me and we can use that time any way you want (within reason! ).And/or I will talk to your group, class, church, whatever-- to discuss my book and what I'd like to do about changing the entire conversation about faith and spirituality.Let's embrace uncertainty and paradox together.Help me turn the book into a movement. … [Read more...]
NOTICE!!! I Posted the WRONG Info on the Decatur (Atlanta) Book Festival! Here’s the CORRECT Information. Please Join ME!
NOTICE!!! I Posted the WRONG Info on the Decatur (Atlanta) Book Festival!Here's the CORRECT Information. Please Join ME!Title: Why I Am an Atheist Who Believes in God Date: Sunday, 8/31/14 Location: Old Courthouse Stage Time: 12:00 Description: Frank Schaeffer, Author Thank You to our Sponsors!CONTACT DONATE NEWSLETTEROpening in 3 DaysAugust 29 - August 31 … [Read more...]
Evangelical and/or Post-Evangelical Christianity, “Progressive” or “Conservative,” Has Snapped My Brain and Yours— We’re Addicts
Sorry, folks, but the truth is that the little private world of evangelical and post-evangelical Christianity we’ve built is more or less totally irrelevant to real achievement. Be that “progressive” or “conservative” religion, we’re into make-believe. We’re relying on circular arguments to sell delusional fiction to the spiritually addicted. By the way, that includes me.In the real world: the European Organization for Nuclear Research known as CERN confirms that a boson with mass around 125 … [Read more...]
I’ll make a bet: If I asked you for a $32.79 donation to a Crowdsourcing project to change religion into a “church of hopeful uncertainty” you’d donate
Dear Patheos Friends,I’m Launching a PROJECT “Say NO to Fundamentalism and YES to Mystery, Wonder and Love!”Will You Help?I’ll make a bet: If I asked you for a $32.79 donation to a "Crowdsourcing" project of mine that would change what religion is in America by turning our “church of hopeful uncertainty” into a virtual “mega church” of tolerance, forbearance and love you’d donate.But I’m not asking for that. I want something else: healed souls one at a time!And here’s why I da … [Read more...]
Jesus certainly was not a “Bible believer,” as we use that term in the post Billy Graham era of American fundamentalist religiosity that’s used as a trade-marked product to sell religion. Jesus didn’t take the Jewish scriptures at face value. In fundamentalist terms, Jesus was a rule-breaking relativist who wasn’t even “saved,” according to evangelical standards. Evangelicals insist that you have to believe very specific interpretations of the Bible to be saved. Jesus didn’t. He undercut the scri … [Read more...]
Have you gone to my Facebook page yet to advise me on if I should do another FREE offer on the Kindle of my new book?
Have you gone to my Facebook page yet to advise me on if I should do another FREE offer on the Kindle of my new book?Please DO! I need your advice.I'm trying to earn a living as a writer. Tough even though I've been doing this for 25 yrs-plus.I also want to change the conversation on religion. I also don't have a clue how to navigate the new publishing realities!HELP!Please CLICK and give me your advice! CLICK HERE: https://www.facebook.com/frank.schaeffer.16 …Frank Sch … [Read more...]
The New Brian McLaren Interview With Frank Schaeffer & Schaeffer Interviews McLaren — The 58 Min Video: WATCH!
"It's nice for a minute to not look like a cripple!" "I'm getting all sort of shit from atheists..." "Here's the truth about my parents..." Here is one of my favorite people -- Brian McLaren -- doing me the honor of interviewing me in depth. Because it is Brian, I forget there is a camera there and say things I've never really shared honestly before...Thank you Wild Goose Festival and Rick Meredith for providing a forum for this! Thanks for WATCHING! Thanks Brian! Please watch and share th … [Read more...]