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...]

Barnes&Noble have placed a big order to be in the book stores from NOV 1 and will be promoted

Hi All,Great things have been happening for my new book "Why I Am an Atheist Who Believes in God."Barnes&Noble have placed a big order. The book will be promoted in the B&N stores from NOV 1.Please pop into one of the stores and do your Christmas shopping early and encourage me and the book store by buying copies for your gifts. If it sells B&N will keep stocking it.From Oct 1 to Dec 1 I'll be working full time with a publicist group out of NYC intensively booking and … [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

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...]

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...]


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