What Is BAD (and Good) Sex & Art?

Bad art and bad sex matter for the same reason that bad religion matters. A brain can get used to anything. Once we’re used to something, it starts to seem okay. That capacity to normalize failures is why there are people who think that child abuse is “just discipline,” a Big Mac is “good food,” a rotting shark is “good art,” and hooking up with a predatory stranger is “good sex.”The same pattern of brain damage happens to the millions of people like me who were hurt as children by certain fo … [Read more...]

If there were no “holy books” how much easier it would be to believe in God!

(The "Last Judgement" by Michelangelo, Courtesy the Vatican archive)If there were no “holy books” how much easier it would be to believe in God! An oral tradition and a rich liturgical expression of divinity lovingly shared in a faith community are much more convincing than words on a page. The images I see from the Hubble telescope do more to suggest a loving creative God besotted by beauty than most Bible passages. One hug from my grandchildren Amanda, Ben, Lucy, Jack and Nora teaches me mo … [Read more...]

Please Join me at the Wild Goose Festival (get 30% off your ticket too!)

I’d like to thank you for being a part of my life and thus part of my favorite event: the Wild Goose Festival this year! I donate my time to WG each year and pay my own expenses to get there as well as speak at WG, because I always am refreshed. This is my once-a-year church/cleanse/rejuvenate session. Join me please, maybe even buy me a beer! Will you help me spread this word? Please share the good news about Wild Goose with your network. You can share this also: when you or your friends use t … [Read more...]

There is only one defense against the rising, worldwide, fear-filled fundamentalist tide engulfing all religions

My way of trying to encounter God within a church community may well be poison for others. We all bring our backgrounds with us. We’re all running from something. For instance, I know several people raised in the Orthodox Church who have fled to evangelical communities and found God there, or at least found a happier version of themselves. I know other people who share my sort of religious background and they can only find spiritual solace in gatherings of atheists. More power to them! We are a … [Read more...]

Put it this way: church may be a son-of-a-bitch, but it’s my son-of-a-bitch!

Some of my secular (or lapsed ex-religious) friends don’t get why I “still” go to church. When they say, “Frank, God’s only in your head!” my answer is, “Yeah, whatever. What isn’t?”Or as the poet Yehuda Amichai writes in Gods Come and Go, Prayers Remain Forever:I say with perfect faiththat prayers precede God.Prayers created God.God created man,And man creates prayersthat create God who creates man.My question isn’t, “Did I create God who creates me?” but, “Do I n … [Read more...]

Here is my NEW Summer 2015 Show of my Paintings… Please Take a LOOK

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Here is my new Summer 2015 show of my paintings. Please visit my art site HERE.If you'd like to buy a painting contact me. Thanks! I'll have some of these with me at WILD GOOSE 2015!The theme of my summer show is transcendent resurrection of the spirit. This revival of hope is open to all-- atheist, believer and agnostic. I believe in beauty as the intrinsic truth. Here is my small new contribution to that truth. My muses are my grandchildren, Amanda, Ben, Lucy, Jack and Nora. … [Read more...]

Now over 3000 FREE downloads of my book Hurry Offer ENDS in 21 hours! Please tell your friends! Help me get to 10,000

Now over 3000 FREE downloads of my book. Hurry FREE Offer ENDS in 21 hours! Please tell your friends! Help me get to 10,000! NOTE! FREE OFFER on my NEW BOOK May 9 to 11 on KINDLEWhy I am an Atheist Who Believes in God: How to give love, create beauty and find peace Please let people know that they may get my book on Kindle FREE May 9 to 11 ! Please help me promote this offer!http://www.amazon.com/Why-Atheist-Who-Believe…/…/ref=sr_1_1…Frank Schaeffer is a writer. His latest book … [Read more...]

NEW BOOK FREE TODAY “Why I am an Atheist Who Believes in God: How to give love, create beauty and find peace”

FREE BOOK for 48 Hours Starting Today MAY 9-11 Free Kindle Reading App Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers. Get my NEW BOOK FREE TODAYWhy I am an Atheist Who Believes in God: How to give love, create beauty and find peacePRAISE FOR WHY I AM AN ATHEIST WHO BELIEVES IN GOD How to Create Beauty, Give Love and Find Peace “Part of the impact here, admittedly, is a result of who Frank Schaeffer is an … [Read more...]


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