The Rev. Frank Schaefer (author of "Defrocked") meets Frank Schaeffer (author of "Why I Am an Atheist Who Believes in God") at the Wild Goose Festival June 2014 I mean how confusing is that?!Here's the passage from my new book WHY I AM AN ATHEIST WHO BELIEVES IN GOD: How to give love, create beauty and find peace I read to open my talk at the Wild Goose Festival.My youngest grandchildren Lucy and Jack are still comfortable with a paradoxical way of seeing reality. For them make-believe a … [Read more...]
4:57 AM. I'm sitting in the dark next to the BBQ pit of the restaurant across from the room Genie and I are living in while we're at Wild Goose. Yesterday was a long day of driving, the second since leaving the Boston area to come here. We arrived in time for a 2 hour filming session with Brian McLaren who was interviewing me for a Wild Goose video. Then I interviewed him. We were talking about being survivors of evangelical backgrounds, trying to articulate why in spite of everything we are … [Read more...]
Then again, if I only wanted to attend a church that was good, true and without error—according to my transitory ego-stoked beliefs—I’d have to invent my own religion. But wait a moment. There’d be a problem. I’d have to excommunicate the priest and his entire congregation! You see, I know that particular bishop/priest/congregation too well. With apologies to Groucho Marx: I’d never want to join a church that had someone like me for their founding bishop, especially if I was the only member! … [Read more...]
I’d been writing novels and literary nonfiction for twenty years before I dared to write a memoir about my flight from my evangelical past. That book became the bestselling CRAZY FOR GOD: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lived to Take All (or Almost All) of It Back. I’d been so out of touch with the evangelical world that I’d lost track of the players. Put it this way: I’d never heard of Rob Bell.I was expecting a backlash from the sort of people I’d wo … [Read more...]
Atheist or believer? Frank Schaeffer is a bit of both By Kimberly Winston Show captionFrank Schaeffer’s new book, “Why I Am an Atheist Who Believes in God,” explores love, loss and the author’s journey to finding peace. RNS image courtesy Frank SchaefferThis image is available for Web and printpublication. For questions, contact Sally Morrow. But he prays every day. And he goes to church every weekend. Catch him on the right day and he’ll admit he believes in God … [Read more...]
Why Do So Many Evangelicals Seem to Fear an Honest Discussion? Why the Trend to Dismiss Rather Than Engage?
Here's the level of discourse related to a conservative answer to my new book WHY I AM AN ATHEIST WHO BELIEVES IN GOD: How to give love, create beauty and find peace.... Read the quotes below. What's with these guys? Please Explain."...a load of excrement... I don't think I'm going to be able to finish this book... dipped in the sauce of clueless heresy." (Amazon review By strannik "strannik" Campbell, CA USA)"I am not going to read this book...The title alone drives me a bit batty. " … [Read more...]
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...]