Jesus Was Not a “Bible Believer” let Alone an Evangelical

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...]

Jesus hung out with whores

Here is an excerpt from WHY I AM AN ATHEIST WHO BELIEVES IN GOD: How to give love, create beauty and find peaceChapter 9Sam likes to call me out of the blue and casually mention the latest dumb stunt perpetrated by the Religious Right, the Roman Catholic bishops or the Republican Party, as if I have anything to do with it. He pretends I’m still one of “them” whenever “they” do something insane. A televangelist says gay people are going to hell… A bunch of bishops try to ban women from get … [Read more...]

I Have Decided to Lower the Kindle Price from $4.99 to $2.99 and put my new book “Why I am an Atheist Who Believes in God” in a price range anyone can buy

I Have Decided to Lower the Kindle Price from $4.99 to $2.99 and put my new book WHY I AM AN ATHEIST WHO BELIEVES IN GOD: How to give love, create beauty and find peace in a price range anyone can buy.Please help spread the word!There were 10,000 plus Kindle downloads in the Free promotion & NOW I want to keep the momentum going!Help me change the national discussion on religion for the better!Please tell people ...Frank Schaeffer is a writer. His latest book --WHY I AM AN … [Read more...]

In Some Sort of Weirdly Wonderful First Rage Against the Minivan AND Alternet BOTH Run (Wildly Different) Excerpts From My New Book

Kristen Howerton founder of Rage Against the Minivan "Why Jesus Would Have Hated Most Modern Day Religion" on Alternet Two diametrically different leading websites Alternet (Lefty social/political) and Rage Against the Minivan (family/parenting/social justice) have just run excerpts of my book over the weekend. his has to be some sort of a first.Rage Against the Minivan is one of the premier parenting sites run by author, speaker Ted Talker (Wild Goose Festival participant this year!) … [Read more...]

Love Through the Eyes of Christ — Easter

 I was shuffling forward in the communion line, with my five year old granddaughter Lucy in my arms. I was lost in gloomy thoughts, brooding on my past and on my doubts, failures, and my past meanness to my wife Genie (we've been married 44 years) when I was young, stupid and so woefully controlling as a teen "father." I was feeling that going to church was a waste of time. I was feeling unworthy in every sense of the word and sinking into a gray depression.Lucy is always in and out … [Read more...]

I’m on Tour With “American Jesus” Opens Tonight at the Brattle Harvard Square

New England Premiere! I'm on tour with American Jesus-- first stop tonight in Boston. Join me at 7 PM or in many other North American venues in the next weeks/months.  WATCH the trailer here below...The Brattle Theatre • 40 Brattle St., Cambridge MA 02138 • Harvard Square • 617 876-6837 • info@brattlefilm.orgNew England Premiere! 2013, Spain, 80 min. Director Aram Garriga Screenwriter Aram Garriga & Xavi Prat Cast Keenan Smith, Mara Einstein, Mickey Stonier … [Read more...]

Do Evangelical Leaders Really Believe Their Own BS?

Let’s be honest. Sure some smart young people who “come to Christ” are deeply sincere. Then life happens to them and they come to see that nothing is quite as true as it was cracked up to be that night they got "saved." Then they have a choice: stick with the program, because that’s how they earn their living and/or they now are known as “Christians” so backing down is hard since their identity is on the line-- or bail.Some bail. They lose jobs, friends and family. Most who don't bail and sti … [Read more...]

There Are No “Absolutes” So Honor the Ethical Evolution of Our Species by Changing Your Religion

When I began to go to an Orthodox church in 1989 I wanted to find a way to escape myself, my past and my culture. It gradually sank in that the monastic tradition of seeking my inner “desert,” in which to experience God through stillness, could only be cultivated by the practice of ritual, liturgy, prayer and fasting-- not by argument let alone by a better idea, or God forbid, by repackaging. It gradually sank in that when I was asked why I’d become Orthodox a little honesty was in order … [Read more...]


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