Many religious fundamentalists feel under siege by the secular world and harbor a deeply paranoid sense of victimhood

Maryland and six other states  have articles in their constitutions saying people who don’t believe in God are not eligible to hold public office.  I thought that fight was over. It isn’t. As reported in the New York Times  Rob Boston, director of communications for Americans United for Separation of Church and State said, “Right now we hear a lot of talk from conservative Christians about their being persecuted and their being forced to accommodate same-sex marriage. But there’s nothing in … [Read more...]

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BUY this 36 page story NOW for only $2.99 Click HEREOR with Kindle UnlimitedDeliver to:Enter a promotion code or gift cardTry it freeSample the beginning of this book for freeDeliver to:How sampling works Available on your PCShareAdvertisementClick … [Read more...]

Something You’ll NEVER See in ‘Christianity Today’ magazine: My Facebook Friends’ Answers to This Question: “How to help former evangelicals navigate their way out of despair and towards meaningful action?”

"Find a safe place. Come to understand just how unsafe and destructive evangelicalism is. Whether that safe place is a therapist’s office, a support group, a college classroom (critical thinking courses), a professor’s office hours, a preist’s study, reading a book like yours, Frank…"I asked my Facebook community to respond to this question:"How to help former evangelicals navigate their way out of despair and towards meaningful action?" Here are their answers... so far: (Are you on … [Read more...]

How to help former evangelicals navigate their way out of despair and towards meaningful action?

Here's a letter from one of my readers that asks: "Because you have your finger on the pulse of this movement of alienated former Christians to a more specific degree than any public figure I am currently aware of- I encourage you to ponder how you might be able to be a leader in helping former evangelicals navigate their way out of despair and towards meaningful action..."So please read the letter, then go to my Facebook page and jump into this thread with your answer to the "How to" … [Read more...]

For the price of a cup of coffee you can buy the funniest, darkest novel I ever wrote about God, Movies, Religious Delusion and SEX, on Kindle today

And God Said, "Billy!" is a darkly comic coming-of-age story written by the master story teller Frank Schaeffer that author Andre Dubus III (House of Sand and Fog) hailed as the funniest American writer since Mark Twain. And God Said, "Billy!" is set in the 1980s and is about Billy, a young fundamentalist Christian who feels called to go to Hollywood to make "God's movie." But everything goes off the rails when he accepts a job to direct a soft-porn slasher/exploitation film in apartheid-era … [Read more...]

I was ready to punch you out for raising questions I couldn’t answer so how nutty all these years later the only reason I even hope there’s a God and am reconciled to my son– is because of you

I vividly remember being lectured, harangued, insulted, corrected, and yelled at by a man who stood up in one of my lectures. This was 4 years ago. He held up his huge black Bible like a gun!Then just 3 days before Thanksgiving I got this letter from THIS SAME SCARY GUY who had left me quaking!Last night I called him and I asked if I could use his letter here and he said yes, but requested his name be withheld.Here it is: “Frank, do you remember the big rude/dude in a red checkered s … [Read more...]

This Thanksgiving I Give Thanks For Jessica Bennett’s Courage– She Survived Rape (and Awful “Purity” Theology) and Tells Her Story Here

"Frank, You asked for our stories on Facebook... In high school I was raped, not by anyone associated with the church, but when I realized I no longer held what I believed was the woman's holy grail of virginity, I felt awful. I felt judged by everyone who saw me even though no one knew for a while..." I'd posted this on my Facebook page: "This Thanksgiving Share Your Story with Me HERE about Your Deliverance from Fundamentalist Certainty  I WILL PUBLISH YOUR COMMENT MADE HERE ON MY PAGE IN M … [Read more...]

This Thanksgiving Share Your Story with Me on my Facebook Page about Your Deliverance from Fundamentalist Certainty & I’ll Publish It

Go to my Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/frank.schaeffer.16  and tell me about what happened to you in the Evangelical, Roman Catholic, Atheist, Muslim, Jewish (other) worlds of fundamentalism and why you left, changed, went in a new direction, rebelled, moderated your views...I WILL PUBLISH YOUR COMMENT MADE ON MY Facebook PAGE IN MY THANKSGIVING BLOG Here ON PATHEOS.COM(Note I'll only publish the comments made on my Facebook  page not ones made here... SO please go the … [Read more...]


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