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...]

Religious Trauma Syndrome and/or How Dr. Dobson, Billy Graham, Bob Jones, Christianity Today, Wheaton College et al, Do More Harm than Good

 In my book WHY I AM AN ATHEIST WHO BELIEVES IN GOD: How to give love, create beauty and find peace I say "Religion is a neurological disorder, faith is the only cure." It's nice to be proved right. I also talk about "certainty addiction." Again, the article here proves maybe I'm on to something...An important new book--Christianity is Not Great: How Faith Fails--makes my point about the fact that religion actually breaks brains, that people like Billy Graham did more harm than g … [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...]

Is it Just Charisma magazine or are all Charismatic Christians Into Genocide?

Charisma magazine, the major media outlet for Pentecostal Christians--"empowering believers for a life in the Spirit"--published an article calling for genocide. The article said: "Now the only question is how many more dead bodies will have to pile up at home and abroad before we crush the vicious seed of Ishmael in Jesus' Name? ...May we be willing to take the lesser pains now so our children won't have to take greater pains later." Titled "Why I Am Absolutely Islamaphobic" by Gary Cass, the … [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...]

Christianity Today is scared of Peggy, Tony and Bart Campolo (and me) and wants to help evangelicals brainwash their children more effectively

Christianity Today is scared of Tony, Peggy and Bart Campolo and wants to help evangelicals brainwash their children more effectively so they won't turn out like Bart.The "method" is always the same. Bart isn't a Christian anymore so we need to blame his parents (while pretending not to) and improve the way we indoctrinate our kids lest they turn out like Bart or worse yet, like Frank Schaeffer.To do that the first thing we have to do is lie about them, dismiss the backsliders and make … [Read more...]


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