Who Knows-Bill Maher Might Even Lead George Bush to Christ Someday

Bill Maher seems to love Jesus more than most "evangelicals" do. Maher  writes:If you’re a Christian that supports killing your enemy and torture, you have to come up with a new name for yourself. … ‘Capping thy enemy’ is not exactly what Jesus would do. For almost two thousand years, Christians have been lawyering the Bible to try to figure out how ‘Love thy neighbor’ can mean ‘Hate thy neighbor.’ …   Martin Luther King Jr. gets to call himself a Christian, because he actually practi … [Read more...]

If Christianity Isn’t the Celebration of a Murder/Suicide Pact Between God the Father and God the Son, Then What is It? 

 It's Christmas. Time to ask, what the hell Christianity is about, if anything? If Christianity isn't the celebration of a murder/suicide pact between God the Father and God the Son, then what is it?The Crucifixion seems to be something like the story of Abraham and Isaac when God tested Abram by asking him to kill his son.  Then God said STOP!If evangelicals like Billy Graham are to be believed, when it came to his own son God said, "Kill him!"Does that make sense on a … [Read more...]

Is Christianity a Mental Illness?

"I just finished reading your article "Religious Trauma Syndrome" and it brought back memories of my jettisoning Christianity (some 30 years ago). I came to the conclusion then that Christianity was a mental illness..."Here's a letter from one of my readers... What do you think?From: Craig Royce To: Frank Schaeffer Sent: Sat, Nov 1, 2014 10:36 pmSubject: Christianity As An IllnessFrank,I just finished reading your article "Religious Trauma Syndrome" and it brought back mem … [Read more...]

Please watch this extended interview with me on Who, What, Where, Why– of my views, books, sex, marriage, parents, faith, doubt and everything else…

Please watch this extended interview with me on Who, What, Where, Why-- of my views, books, parents, faith, sex, marriage, relationships, children, doubt, God, or no God... and everything else... then please pass this interview on! Thanks! NOTE: Show starts 2 min and 30 sec into the clip so just wait and don't give up or "Click" in 2:30 min in and watch! The Place | Frank Schaeffer | WHY I AM AN ATHEIST WHO BELIEVES IN GOD: How to give love, create beauty and find peace WATCH and PLEASE pass on t … [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...]

“love embraced as a stark life-changing and essential fact as real as the carbon compounds that form the basis of life”

Those of us raised in the Christian tradition need to choose to either see God in Jesus or to continue to let the Bible define God. Our tradition says that Jesus is God. Maybe we should act as if we think he is instead of worshiping a book.Maybe we should be brave enough to admit that we are compelled to either become blinded ideologues or we need to forthrightly pick and choose what we follow in the Bible. Most Christians do that anyway, many just don’t admit it.Unbelievers relying on g … [Read more...]

“In this context and with a heavy heart, I hereby return my diploma to the Gordon College Board of Trustees”

Frank,   Thanks again for offering to post this on Patheos.com.  In addition to registering my personal protest via the direct letter and return of my diploma to Gordon College, I'm interested in having the letter reach Gordon students, faculty, alumni, and 'friends' of Gordon College.   I sent it to a contact on faculty at Gordon just yesterday morning and have received numerous positive and appreciative responses already.  I understand that the faculty are under a gag order from the adm … [Read more...]

It Never is About Church– It’s Always About Character

Detail from my painting, "Seeing Love Clearly." Where we go to church, or whether we go, isn’t the point. The point is who are we becoming? Does church help you to become the sort of person you’d pick to be stuck on a desert island with? Good! Go! Does it hurt your chances of becoming that person? Run!          Flee from exclusionary certainty. As the bumper sticker says, “Mean People Suck!” And that goes especially for people who are mean in the name of love.          There is on … [Read more...]


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