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...]

This Christmas You’ll Face Airline Tyranny: Time for a Revolution?

(those were the days!)I have been flying a lot, really A LOT. In the last ten weeks I’ve taken fifteen cross-country trips. That’s thirty flights plus, because several trips involved flying through hubs and changing planes. (I’m on an author tour for a new bookWHY I AM AN ATHEIST WHO BELIEVES IN GOD: How to give love, create beauty and find peace.)I’m noticing something disturbing: the mentality of our post-9/11 security state is creeping into the non-security-related parts of travel. … [Read more...]

Is It Time to Dump the Word “Evangelical”?

According to Wikipedia “Evangelicalism is a worldwide Protestant movement, maintaining that the essence of the gospel consists in the doctrine of salvation by faith in Jesus Christ's atonement.” The truth is something else. Let me rephrase: Evangelicalism is a worldwide Protestant movement, maintaining the essence of personality cults consisting in the doctrine of profitable empire-building in order to control mentally damaged certainty addicts.As old Schaeffer family friend and once leading … [Read more...]

For the price of a cup of coffee you can buy the funniest, darkest novel I ever wrote about God, Movies, Religious Delusion and SEX, on Kindle today

And God Said, "Billy!" is a darkly comic coming-of-age story written by the master story teller Frank Schaeffer that author Andre Dubus III (House of Sand and Fog) hailed as the funniest American writer since Mark Twain. And God Said, "Billy!" is set in the 1980s and is about Billy, a young fundamentalist Christian who feels called to go to Hollywood to make "God's movie." But everything goes off the rails when he accepts a job to direct a soft-porn slasher/exploitation film in apartheid-era … [Read more...]

This Christmas Give one of my Paintings

This Christmas Give one of my PaintingsI'll ship to anyone anywherecontact me at:http://www.frankschaefferart.com/Landscape SeriesHappy Winter RiverOil on canvas8 x 8$325Absolute PeaceOil on canvas10 x 10$435Marsh, Life, SkyOil on canvas10 x 10 $435What the World is Made OfOil on canvas8 x 8$325Over the MarshOil on canvas8 x … [Read more...]


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