I vividly remember being lectured, harangued, insulted, corrected, and yelled at by a man who stood up in one of my lectures. This was 4 years ago. He held up his huge black Bible like a gun!
Then just 3 days before Thanksgiving I got this letter from THIS SAME SCARY GUY who had left me quaking!
Last night I called him and I asked if I could use his letter here and he said yes, but requested his name be withheld.
Here it is:
“Frank, do you remember the big rude/dude in a red checkered shirt back in — yelling how you ‘betrayed’ your heritage? Remember me quoting that ‘Christianity Today’ review of your book ‘Crazy for God’ where they said you’d ‘committed the sin of Noah’s sons’? That was me.
Between then and now my wife left me, I learned my son was gay. I was like, ‘How can God do this to me after I did everything right?’ My Reformed ‘godly’ pastor took off with his secretary, and I had to admit everything I counted on was gone. I read Richard Dawkins, Harris/the rest, figured atheism was next/or suicide.
“Then a few months ago my gay son I’d sent off to burn in hell along with the likes of you sent me your new book [“Why I Am an Atheist Who Believes in God”] he’d gotten free on Kindle.
“Your book turned me around. I gotta say, even back when I yelled at you my certainty was cracking. Why do you think I was so pissed off?
“I was ready to punch you out for raising questions I couldn’t answer so how nutty all these years later the only reason I even hope there’s a God and am reconciled to my son– is because of you.
“What can I do to get your book to every evangelical ‘certainty addict’ like you call it, before they crack up with no place to go like I did?”
Thank you, R——-
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