"This essay, which represents my first detailed public statement on how evangelical Protestantism lost me, is addressed both to those evangelicals who are celebrating momentum on LGBTQ acceptance within the “big tent,” as well as to those evangelicals whom I would describe as fundamentalist, or fundamental-ish. The ones who still represent the majority of evangelicals, the ones I come from." *** So writes Christopher Stroop, PhD, History and Humanities (Stanford University) and Senior Lecturer, S … [Read more...]
Christianity Today is scared of Peggy, Tony and Bart Campolo (and me) and wants to help evangelicals brainwash their children more effectively
Christianity Today is scared of Tony, Peggy and Bart Campolo and wants to help evangelicals brainwash their children more effectively so they won't turn out like Bart.The "method" is always the same. Bart isn't a Christian anymore so we need to blame his parents (while pretending not to) and improve the way we indoctrinate our kids lest they turn out like Bart or worse yet, like Frank Schaeffer.To do that the first thing we have to do is lie about them, dismiss the backsliders and make … [Read more...]
Amazon Review 5.0 out of 5 stars October 18, 2013Dear Frank,I stayed in bed this morning because I wanted so much to finish your wonderful book, And God Said, "Billy!" I just loved it, and now have a growing list of folks to whom I want to present it, including my dear grandson Roman, who is 20.While I was absolutely thrilled to have my name in the dedication, I confess that, when I started to read it, I had a few second thoughts about having my name in a book with so many four … [Read more...]
The GOP Shutdown is a Godsend for the Emergent/Convergent Progressive Churches and Will Pay my Electric Bill Too!
I predict that the slow falling away of a whole generation of evangelical young people from fundamentalist faith – and not a few older folks like me too – has just been exponentially accelerated. Thank you Jesus! Thank you Ted Cruz! The shutdown has not only laid bare the stupidity of the right wing hostage takers running and ruining the Republican Party, it’s also exposed fundamentalist American religion to the harshest light of day as never before.The root cause of the shutdown is the evang … [Read more...]
This post is by Brian McLaren. It is a review of Frank Schaeffer’s new book, “And God Said, Billy!” currently featured on Tony Campolo's Red Letter Book Club.Anyone who asks me for a recommendation for good reading in the fiction category always gets the same response: Have you read Frank Schaeffer’s Portofino trilogy? Now, Frank has a new novel out, and it’s excellent too: “And God Said, 'Billy!'”First, a word about Frank’s earlier trilogy, featuring young Calvin Becker who comes … [Read more...]