Jihadism is not nihilism

"You can say the Islam of ISIS is a perversion of the teachings of Muhammad, just as you can say the Inquisition and the Crusades were a perversion of the teachings of Jesus, or that the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin was a perversion of the teachings of the Torah." So writes Marty Kaplan (the Norman Lear professor of entertainment, media and society at the USC Annenberg School for Communication) and  to my mind one of the greatest public intelectuals of our day. He continues "You can say the I … [Read more...]

Those – including many progressive Christians & David Cameron and Barack Obama – who insist that jihadis are not ‘real’ Muslims miss the point

There appears, to be something especially potent about Islam in fomenting terror and persecution. Contemporary radical Islam is the religious form through which a particular kind of barbarous rage expresses itself. So, to understand why jihadis have been drawn into a moral universe that allows them to celebrate inhuman acts, we have to understand why political rage against the West takes such nihilistic, barbaric forms, and why radical Islam has become the primary vehicle for such rage.So … [Read more...]

ISIS has a mother: Bush’s invasion of Iraq. But it also has a father: Saudi Arabia’s religious-industrial complex

The West’s denial regarding Saudi Arabia is striking: It salutes the theocracy as its ally but pretends not to notice that it is the world’s chief ideological sponsor of Islamist culture. The younger generations of radicals in the so-called Arab world were not born jihadists. They were suckled in the bosom of Fatwa Valley, a kind of Islamist Vatican with a vast industry that produces theologians, religious laws, books, and aggressive editorial policies and media campaigns. ... READ THE REST OF TH … [Read more...]

Are you (like me with my grandchildren) trying to get the good stuff into their heads first ahead of the marketing crap?

I need something from you... pleaseI want your voice in my new book. Please write me an email/letter to frankaschaeffer@aol.com about what you are doing for your children and/or students to open doors to creativity for them. Also... who opened those doors for you? 10 words to 500... and this is a letter and doesn't have to be perfect, just true and heartfelt. What are you passing on to those you love most? How are you doing it? What bothers you about our culture that you are trying to … [Read more...]

Our Grandfather/Granddaughter Lucy & “Ba” Art/Icon Art Project

I've just launched a new show of icon art I collaborated with my 7 year old granddaughter Lucy on. She draws the pictures and I paint them in. A motif in modern art has been to capture the primitive forms and childlike wonder present in children's art. I've gone one better and actually am working with a child in an equal partnership. And this isn't just any child, this is the little girl for whom Genie and I provide daily care. She is my heart. These paintings are about the love that drives me … [Read more...]

Frank Schaeffer, “Treasonous Apostate,” Interviews Gay-Son-Marrying “Sinner” Pastor– the (Other) Frank Schaefer– WATCH

I just got back from the "Open" meeting in Minneapolis at Solomon's Porch with Brian McLaren, Doug Pagitt et al...  I put up a bunch of videos on YouTube. Here's one (3 min) of "the other" Frank Schaefer and me talking in the airport on the way home. Note the story of what happened when Spain's leading news radio channel thought I was the other Frank... Frank Schaeffer is a writer. His latest book --WHY I AM AN ATHEIST WHO BELIEVES IN GOD: How to give love, create beauty and find p … [Read more...]

A Great KIRKUS Review for my New Book “Why I Am an Atheist Who Believes in God”

KIRKUS REVIEWS VOL. LXXXIII, NO. 19 | 1 OCTOBER 2015By Rebecca FosterFrank Schaeffer, author of WHY I AM AN ATHEIST WHO BELIEVES IN GOD: How to give love, create beauty and find peace, found that self-publishing was a way to avoid the simplistic branding publishers can apply in the search for bestsellers. He recalls that “they wanted me to craft this book to fit their marketing strategies. ‘Does it go on the New Atheist or the Religion shelf?’ they asked. ‘Can you rewrite it to fit one … [Read more...]

Donald Trump Will Be the Next President

The next president of the US poses with the Donald Trump 12-inch talking doll-- photo credit CNN used by permission  Donald Trump very well may be the next President. And it is our fault. We have defined the word success wrong. If a perfect storm forms over our next national election get used to saying the words “President Trump.”Here’s the potential perfect storm:It's 2016 and Hillary Clinton is the Democratic Party candidate Half of the Democrats who fought for Sanders … [Read more...]