Why Frank Schaeffer is a Christian who has doubts about God’s existence, like everyone else


I first heard of Frank Schaeffer’s latest book, Why I Am An Atheist Who Believes in God, when he posted an image of the cover on Facebook and solicited feedback. Because my Newsfeed is now pretty evenly divided amongst ‘people of faith’ (mostly Christians, many Jews and a few Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists) and atheists, the results could not have been more split—strongly worded opinions in polar opposite directions. The Christians thought it was brilliant and couldn’t wait to read it. The atheist … [Read more...]

From where will our salvation come?


It’s remarkable how quickly my interest has shifted from the single question of whether God exists—or doesn’t ‘exist’—to issues of much greater, practical concern. This is not to say that the answer to the God question is irrelevant or inconsequential. In fact I think it is deeply consequential. It just isn’t ultimate in the sense of most important or the question at the bottom of all questions the way most theists (and many atheists) think it is. This in and of itself is probably worth a separat … [Read more...]

Thin places and the experience of beauty


 A friend brought this RELEVANT article to my attention. You'll have to be the judge of whether it is, in fact, relevant, but it does give me the opportunity to talk about something I don't think I've explicitly written about.In the article, entitled, "How Being an Atheist Made Me a Better Christian," Mike McHargue writes of his loss of faith when, one day while praying, he realized God was not there. Many of us can relate to this. I was eager to discover how he found his way … [Read more...]

BREAKING: White Evangelical Protestants among least compassionate on immigration crisis


A new report published today by Public Religion Research Institute found that white Evangelical Protestants are among the least willing to extend shelter and support to children arriving from Central America without their parents. Thirty-nine percent felt they should be deported immediately.In fairness, a majority of white Evangelical Protestants (56%) still do believe that these children should be offered shelter and support while their cases are being decided, which is super sweet of them. … [Read more...]

How we help each other grow

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Several rich conversations converged today and it's too good not to share.In a Facebook thread today I read this quote. When you call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian or a European, or anything else, you are being violent. Do you see why it is violent? Because you are separating yourself from the rest of mankind. When you separate yourself by belief, by nationality, by tradition, it breeds violence. So a man who is seeking to understand violence does not belong to any country, … [Read more...]

Rejecting faith in righteousness

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Yesterday I read this very moving story, by the intelligent and courageous Lala Stone entitled, "How I Went from Being a Southern Baptist Preacher's Daughter to an Open Atheist."It's a heartbreaking story that I hope atheists and Christians will both read, for the same reason in different directions. Through the telling of stories we deepen our understanding, empathy and compassion. Ms. Stone's story is her own and while many people, myself included, trace similar themes in our own stories, … [Read more...]