The SOJO Review of ‘Why I am an Atheist Who Believes in God’

The God-Believing Atheist: A Q&A with Frank Schaeffer by Christian Piatt 05-13-2014 | 9:44amShare on email Share on twitter Share on facebookOne phrase comes to mind, time and again, when I think of Frank Schaeffer: “THINK AGAIN.” Any time I think I have a handle on things theological, he seems to find the thread, hanging from the edges, and gives it a good, solid yank.Such is the case once again with his newest book, Why I am an Atheist Who Believes in God: H … [Read more...]

One Reason Atheism Doesn’t Really Answer Anything

Most people don’t really want to live only according to narrowly defined material facts. Most of us try to direct our human primate evolutionary process along ethical non-material lines. We impose standards that do not come from nature. Nature is cruel yet we try not to be. We prosecute people for war crimes that are no more destructive than what happens every day in the churning cauldron of life where everything is eaten and where death is the only incubator of life. We call murder wrong a … [Read more...]

Happy 5th! Patheos Just Ask Alicia Keys How You Changed My Life

The other day I checked my Twitter followers. I did that because Alicia Keys --  the pop star, American R&B singer-songwriter -- started "following" me. One of my Patheos.com blogs had gone viral and expanded the profile of who was looking in on my Twitter posts. As I scrolled down looking at the pictures of my Twitter friends I noticed something interesting--  a third or more of the faces were black. In our segmented (if not officially segregated) culture for a white sixty-year-old writer to … [Read more...]

The War on Traditional Notions of Narrative, Order and Beauty Has Failed

The war on traditional notions of narrative, order and beauty has failed. Representational, story-driven movies are embraced by most people, rather than the installation and performance art favored by big galleries and institutions like Tate Modern. The Whitney Biennial (an exhibition of contemporary American art) is often dispiriting to all but a few critics, curators and art students. (Why do curators write longer and longer explanations of the art in their shows in direct proportion to less … [Read more...]

It Never is About Church– It’s Always About Character

Detail from my painting, "Seeing Love Clearly." Where we go to church, or whether we go, isn’t the point. The point is who are we becoming? Does church help you to become the sort of person you’d pick to be stuck on a desert island with? Good! Go! Does it hurt your chances of becoming that person? Run!          Flee from exclusionary certainty. As the bumper sticker says, “Mean People Suck!” And that goes especially for people who are mean in the name of love.          There is on … [Read more...]

My Guest Columnist Today is the Prime Minister of the UK– A World Leader (Who Fought to Legalize Gay Marriage) Talks About His Christian Faith

Prime Minister David Cameron writing on why "My Christianity compels me to make a difference." For once a world leader talks about his faith openly, even cheerfully!'Greater confidence in our Christianity can inspire a stronger belief that we can get out there and actually change people’s lives'. Photograph: Lynne Cameron/PAThis is an edited version of an article which first appeared in the Church Times By David Cameron it was reprinted in the Guardian and is reprinted here by p … [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...]

Brian D. McLaren, Phyllis Tickle & Ron Dart on Frank Schaeffer’s WHY I AM AN ATHEIST WHO BELIEVES IN GOD

ADVANCE PRAISE FOR WHY I AM AN ATHEIST WHO BELIEVES IN GOD How to Create Beauty, Give Love and Find Peace “Frank Schaeffer always writes well, but Why I Am an Atheist Who Believes In God is extraordinary. Somewhere between the sterile, absolute, and empty formulae of reductionist, totalitarian science and the earnest, hostile, excessively certain make-believe of religious  fundamentalism, there is a beautiful place. There is room in this place for honesty. For tenderness. For fury. For wo … [Read more...]


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