Liberals and Fundamentalists Have it Wrong: Faith is Not About “Correct” Facts

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...]

My “Hellbound?” Bush, Hell, Bin Laden CNN Post

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...]


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