If there were no “holy books” how much easier it would be to believe in God!

(The "Last Judgement" by Michelangelo, Courtesy the Vatican archive)If there were no “holy books” how much easier it would be to believe in God! An oral tradition and a rich liturgical expression of divinity lovingly shared in a faith community are much more convincing than words on a page. The images I see from the Hubble telescope do more to suggest a loving creative God besotted by beauty than most Bible passages. One hug from my grandchildren Amanda, Ben, Lucy, Jack and Nora teaches me mo … [Read more...]

There is only one defense against the rising, worldwide, fear-filled fundamentalist tide engulfing all religions

My way of trying to encounter God within a church community may well be poison for others. We all bring our backgrounds with us. We’re all running from something. For instance, I know several people raised in the Orthodox Church who have fled to evangelical communities and found God there, or at least found a happier version of themselves. I know other people who share my sort of religious background and they can only find spiritual solace in gatherings of atheists. More power to them! We are a … [Read more...]

Why Does God Hate Gay People? My Interview on the New Movie

At the End of the Day is a feature-length comedy written and directed by Kevin O’Brien. Here's my interview with Kevin:Frank Tell me about yourself?I’m a filmmaker in central Florida. I’ve been married to my high school sweetheart  for 14 years and we have three kids in the third grade (yup). I got into filmmaking a bit late, and made a full time job out of it at 31 years old. I feel strongly about not making “safe” films, and it seemed to that a lot of faith-based media was incredibly sa … [Read more...]

NEW BOOK FREE TODAY “Why I am an Atheist Who Believes in God: How to give love, create beauty and find peace”

FREE BOOK for 48 Hours Starting Today MAY 9-11 Free Kindle Reading App Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers. Get my NEW BOOK FREE TODAYWhy I am an Atheist Who Believes in God: How to give love, create beauty and find peacePRAISE FOR WHY I AM AN ATHEIST WHO BELIEVES IN GOD How to Create Beauty, Give Love and Find Peace “Part of the impact here, admittedly, is a result of who Frank Schaeffer is an … [Read more...]

The Bible is Weirder than You Think: According to Scripture Jesus Was Bisexual since Both Men and Women Are the “Bride of Christ”

According to nice evangelical standards, the Bible is odd. Sorry but it is. Or maybe the Bible is normal and it's evangelicals who are odd. I mean according to the Bible Jesus was transgender... So why do evangelicals have problems embracing the full range of sexuality?I mean if you were raised on the Bible as I was we all just got used to certain turns of phrase, for instance the "Bride of Christ."Is Jesus going to have sex with his chosen? Will Franklin Graham go for having sex with Je … [Read more...]

Dear Frank, I was expecting a hollow, militant atheistic rant …

From: Wright Nat (NHS LEEDS WEST CCG) To: frankaschaeffer Sent: Tue, May 5, 2015 2:46 pm Subject: Crazy for God - great book!Dear FrankWe’ve not met and the reason for my emailing you is to thank you for giving the world such a fabulous book in “Crazy for God”. I stumbled across the book a couple of weeks ago having read some pretty negative (and I can now see ridiculously unjustified) criticism of you on the internet. I was expecting a hollow, militant atheistic rant against all thing … [Read more...]

Jesus rejects tribalism, literalism, group identity, specific religions, and gatekeepers as well as his Jewish identity

"As an ultimate fuck you to rule-keeping scripture zealots everywhere, Jesus hung out with whores... The stories about Jesus that survived the bigots, opportunists and delusional fanatics who wrote the New Testament contain powerful and enlightened truths that would someday prove the undoing of the Church built in his name...."(You are reading an excerpt from my book. Here is a FREE BOOK OFFER.  Here is an excerpt from my book WHY I AM AN ATHEIST WHO BELIEVES IN GOD: How to give love, create … [Read more...]

Was Jesus “Christlike?” — The Christian God has been twisted into something not unlike that of radical Islam

"The Christian God has been twisted into something not unlike that of radical Islam." So says Brad Jersak. We first met because we were both interviewed for the movie "Hellbound?" Then we became friends. Now Brad has an important book out--A More Christlike God--that challenges the received lazy "wisdom" of both conservatives and liberals, atheists and believers about Christ. Here's my interview with Brad on this important and beautifully written book. Q: Tell my readers a bit about your back … [Read more...]


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