A Great KIRKUS Review for my New Book “Why I Am an Atheist Who Believes in God”

KIRKUS REVIEWS VOL. LXXXIII, NO. 19 | 1 OCTOBER 2015By Rebecca FosterFrank Schaeffer, author of WHY I AM AN ATHEIST WHO BELIEVES IN GOD: How to give love, create beauty and find peace, found that self-publishing was a way to avoid the simplistic branding publishers can apply in the search for bestsellers. He recalls that “they wanted me to craft this book to fit their marketing strategies. ‘Does it go on the New Atheist or the Religion shelf?’ they asked. ‘Can you rewrite it to fit one … [Read more...]

My GOOGLE “Talks at GOOGLE” Talk (Please Watch)

Two weeks ago I had the honor and pleasure of being invited to give a "Talks at Google" at Google's building in Cambridge MA. I spoke on my spiritual journey out of the religious right to sanity and my book, WHY I AM AN ATHEIST WHO BELIEVES IN GOD: How to give love, create beauty and find peace . Then GOOGLE gave a copy to every employee who attended the talk.The talk (like all "Talks at Google") was streamed to all the other Google offices worldwide. Now they just put it up on YouT … [Read more...]

Notes To a Young Apostate

Frank Schaeffer Sent by Facebook Mentions Jun 1st, 12:36pm Thanks for keeping me posted, I'd like to post a selection of your work here. Would you send say 4 to 8 poems and also a paragraph of bio? Stephen Brown Jun 3rd, 3:43pm I would like that, Frank. I'll send you something this evening. Frank Schaeffer Sent by Facebook Mentions Jun 5th, 1:46am thanks Stephen Brown Jun 7th, 11:16pm Frank, please forgive me for the delay - I found myself overwhelmed this week by the demands of … [Read more...]

Laura Hillenbrand did it, so just quit whining and write!

Someday I’ll show the movie Seabiscuit to my grandchildren Jack (4) and Lucy (6). On November 1, 1938, President Roosevelt and 40 million other people listening to the radio were captivated by a match race at the Pimlico Race Course between Seabiscuit, the underdog, and War Admiral. Seabiscuit was a small, insignificant horse, “the horse from the other side of the tracks who became a champion,” wrote one commentator. In the movie, a reporter reacting to the coast-to-coast publicity for the race e … [Read more...]

If I Was Still an Evangelical, I’d Want to Be Tony Kriz (Blessed be Tony!)

No, I don't write books about God like Tony does. And I'm persona non grata on the Evangelical circuit where Tony thrives... But I like Tony--lots-- and I'm rooting for his new book and him too. Here's an excerpt.Blessed Are Those Who MournAn Excerpt from ALOOF: Figuring Out Life with a GOD Who HIDES By Tony KrizWe religious folks work very hard to try and conjure up God’s presence. We will do about anything we can to infuse enough God-feeling into an event to get people to show up. W … [Read more...]

Dear Patheos Reader: If You Are Running an “Ad Block” While Reading This You Are Stealing From Writers Like Me

Once upon a time people who read books and articles and listened to music and watched movies paid for their entertainment and learning experiences. Then they--we--got used to free art, writing, music and films. The Internet made this "free" stuff possible. I like the Internet. But thieving is uncool. Mea Culpa! I've done my share on online thieving. But that was before I thought about it. No, I'm not talking morality here. I'm talking selfish interest. See, I want there to be new music, book … [Read more...]

Q: Do you know why I (mostly) don’t ban trolls and people who seem to hate me from my FB page? Please Join my FB page thought experiment!

*Here is what I just posted on my FB page. Will you join this thought experiment, post a comment on FB for publication here on Patheos? Q: Do you know why I (mostly) don’t ban trolls and people who seem to hate me from this page?A: I actually believe in free speech and… also…Believe it or not, I think my friends on the right--even the religious right--need to be heard no matter what.So… will you trolls, friends, and enemies alike, for once pretend we’re real neighbors and maybe j … [Read more...]

Many religious fundamentalists feel under siege by the secular world and harbor a deeply paranoid sense of victimhood

Maryland and six other states  have articles in their constitutions saying people who don’t believe in God are not eligible to hold public office.  I thought that fight was over. It isn’t. As reported in the New York Times  Rob Boston, director of communications for Americans United for Separation of Church and State said, “Right now we hear a lot of talk from conservative Christians about their being persecuted and their being forced to accommodate same-sex marriage. But there’s nothing in … [Read more...]