Brian D. McLaren, Phyllis Tickle & Ron Dart on Frank Schaeffer’s WHY I AM AN ATHEIST WHO BELIEVES IN GOD

Brian D. McLaren, Phyllis Tickle & Ron Dart on Frank Schaeffer’s WHY I AM AN ATHEIST WHO BELIEVES IN GOD April 11, 2014

How to Create Beauty, Give Love and Find Peace

“Frank Schaeffer always writes well, but Why I Am an Atheist Who Believes In God is extraordinary. Somewhere between the sterile, absolute, and empty formulae of reductionist, totalitarian science and the earnest, hostile, excessively certain make-believe of religious  fundamentalism, there is a beautiful place. There is room in this place for honesty. For tenderness. For fury. For wonder. For hope. For mistakes. For paradox. For grace. This book is written from that in-between place. It will help you get there too, if you’re interested in finding it.”—Brian D. McLaren  author/speaker/activist

“Part of the impact here, admittedly, is a result of who Frank Schaeffer is and of the platform from which he writes. That cannot obscure the fact, however—indeed, must not be allowed to obscure the fact—that in places this theological meditation cum memoir is arrestingly beautiful in and of itself, that it is, in fact, absolutely redolent of all the power that beautiful suggests. Schaeffer’s openness about his own wrestling with the concepts of God and god-ness which he inherited from his parents is heartrending at times, but it is also deadly honest and always unshielded. It is also balanced in a most gentle way by Schaeffer’s quiet defense of the traditional and his appreciation for its place in well-lived life. In fact, one leaves the final pages of WHY aware yet once again that sometimes and in some circumstances, an artist is still the best theologian.” —Phyllis Tickle author of The Age of the Spirit

“A delight and charmer of a read—deft insights, burnished gold probes, arrow hit bull’s eye well again and again.” —Ron Dart (Thomas  Merton Society of Canada)

Pub Date June 1 in paperback and online in all formats…

Photo: You'll find this beautiful poem at the beginning of "Why I am an Atheist Who Believes in God" (available 5/15 on Amazon).</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>every moment<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
that pricked your heart<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
then broke it as it passed<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
will be gathered up<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
(From One Day—a poem by Katherine Venn)


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Frank Schaeffer is a writer. His latest book — And God Said, “Billy! exploring the roots of American religious delusion, and offering another way to approach true spirituality, is on KindleiBook and NOOK for $3.99, and in paperback. It spent 8 weeks as Amazon’s #1 best seller for Political Humor.


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