It's Christmas. Time to ask, what the hell Christianity is about, if anything? If Christianity isn't the celebration of a murder/suicide pact between God the Father and God the Son, then what is it?The Crucifixion seems to be something like the story of Abraham and Isaac when God tested Abram by asking him to kill his son. Then God said STOP!If evangelicals like Billy Graham are to be believed, when it came to his own son God said, "Kill him!"Does that make sense on a … [Read more...]
If Christianity Isn’t the Celebration of a Murder/Suicide Pact Between God the Father and God the Son, Then What is It?
The reason so many liberal churches are empty or mostly populated with aging rationalists who seem to have a somewhat embarrassed attachment to religion, is that trying to reduce spiritual experience to something verifiable is a dead end. It’s a dead end for fundamentalists too. Fundamentalists wind up defending myths as historically true. That’s as futile as it is for the theological liberals that seek to demystify myths and render the life of the spirit tangible.Join me at the Wild Goo … [Read more...]
Why Evangelical Bible Idolatry Sucks and Why I Go to a Greek Orthodox Church Even Though It’s A Mess Too
Having elevated the Bible -- or at least the nicer bits that they like -- to the status of a magic book evangelicals have demoted God. Their “god” is trapped in a book and kept somewhat like a tame rat inside the cage of “biblical inerrancy.”Since the evangelical/fundamentalists worship a book rather than God they can’t admit that the Bible has flaws and is just plain crazy in places. So they spend lifetimes working to make "sense" of something nonsensical, mean and stupid. … [Read more...]
Here's my CNN article on Hell, "Hellbound?" and the results of living in revenge/retribution addicted cultures (like ours)[CNN] Different Takes: Should we abandon the idea of hell?CNN Editor’s note: The new documentary "Hellbound?" explores Americans' ideas about hell.My Faith: The dangerous effects of believing in hellEditor’s note: Frank Schaeffer is a New York Times bestselling author. His latest book is "Crazy For God."By Frank Schaeffer, Special to CNNIs it any coi … [Read more...]