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Frank Schaeffer is a New York Times best selling author. His books include Crazy for God: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lived to Take All (or Almost All) of It Back and Sex, Mom, and God: How the Bible's Strange Take on Sex Led to Crazy Politics--and How I Learned to Love Women (and Jesus) Anyway.

Frank is a survivor of both polio and an evangelical/fundamentalist childhood, an acclaimed novelist of 4 novels including Portofino who overcame severe dyslexia, a home-schooled and self-taught documentary movie director, a feature film director and producer of four low budget Hollywood features Frank has described as "pretty terrible." Frank's nonfiction includes "Keeping Faith-A Father-Son Story About Love and the United States Marine Corps" and AWOL-The Unexcused Absence of America's Upper Classes From Military Service and How It Hurts Our Country." Of Frank's writing Jeff Sharlet (The New Statesman October 25, 2007 ) writes, "'Crazy For God' is a brilliant book, a portrait of fundamentalism painted in broad strokes with streaks of nuance, the twinned coming-of-age story of Frank and the Christian right." Jane Smiley (The Nation October 15, 2007) writes: "'Crazy For God' offers considerable insight into several issues that have bedeviled American life in the past thirty years, and... when taken in conjunction with [Frank Schaeffer's] other works (notably the Calvin Becker Trilogy, ['Portofino,' 'Zermatt' and 'Saving Grandma']), it gives us not only a handle on the mess we are in but also quite a few laughs..." Frank's three semi-biographical novels about growing up in a fundamentalist mission: "Portofino," "Zermatt," "Saving Grandma" have been translated into 9 languages. "BABY JACK," a novel about the class division between who serves and who does not, was published in 2006. USA TODAY said, "The reader marvels at how Schaeffer makes this concise chorus of social conviction moving and memorable..." Frank can be contacted at

Entries by Frank Schaeffer

To Save the Church: Embrace Atheism as the True Religion and Religion as The True Atheism

(488) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 9:46 AM

What's needed to save the dwindling Church is a new paradigm: the embrace of atheism as the true religion and religion as...

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Sometimes Youthful Stupidity is a Better way to Find Happiness than Making Mature Choices

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 3:51 PM

"We're living in an acquisitive capitalist society that is fundamentally anti-family and fundamentally uncomfortable with just enjoying being human. We'd rather shop than live, acquire than love and stare into a screen than hold each other."

Over lunch today, my wife Genie told...

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Who Is Actually Following Jesus -- Atheists or Christians?

(5) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 1:09 PM

Who is actually following Jesus: fundamentalist Christians rejecting gay men and lesbians' right to marry, or atheist humanists treating men and women with love and dignity? Fact-based, enlightened atheists sometimes treat people like shit, and delusional fundamentalists sometimes treat people with compassion in...

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Switchfoot's Album & Movie "Fading West" -- It's Grace in Action, Hope Crystallized, Damnation Canceled in Favor of Love...

(1) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 12:04 PM

I was just speaking at SoulFest (August 7-9). It's a music festival with evangelical roots. The band Switchfoot played. I'm several things but not evangelical. Could you imagine a more uncomfortable fit for me? I was expecting the worst. What I got was two...

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We Spend Lifetimes Striving to Give Love, Create Beauty and Find Peace. Why?

(1) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 9:57 AM

It was a bright September day, clear, cool and perfect. My wife Genie, my grandchildren Lucy (age 5 and in the picture here taken that spring at Easter), Jack (3) and my daughter-in-law, Becky, were sprawled on the lawn. Lucy wandered over to the vegetable garden...

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My Prayer "Invasion"

(0) Comments | Posted July 19, 2014 | 7:15 AM


Why does prayer feel both right and normal to me and crazy, too? The best I can do is offer this analogy. In the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind, people receive a vision...

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Dear Evangelical Establishment, I know you don't trust or like me and I don't blame you! But instead of just writing me off as wicked, for once you'd better listen up...

(9) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 11:20 AM

(A 1984 satirical magazine cover depicting "Franky" Schaeffer as a "kid" throwing mud at Christianity Today Magazine and Billy Graham for not being conservative enough!)

Dear Evangelical Establishment,

I know you don't trust or like me and I don't blame you! Lord knows what...

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My Mother's Creed Was 'Create Beauty, Give Love, Find Peace'

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 7:12 AM

(Right) Mom and Dad (Edith and Francis Schaeffer) in L'Abri 1972

"The very fabric of the universe is unknowable and stranger than we can imagine and has a message for us: climb down off that high atheist, religious or agnostic pedestal!"...

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What I Discovered Is Stunning: The Evangelical World Is Crumbling From Within

(12) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 12:05 AM

I'd been writing novels and literary nonfiction for twenty years before I dared to write a memoir about my flight from my evangelical past. That book became the bestselling CRAZY FOR GOD: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lived...

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A Writer's Defense of Amazon

(2) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 3:58 PM

As anyone who has been reading my HuffPost blogs knows I'm "of the left." So I understand the impulse to regard corporations as bad and giant companies as downright evil. Enter the Amazon takeover of the world and destruction of all that is right and holy in publishing. Only there...

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I've Never Met an Atheist or a Religious Believer

(103) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 10:51 AM

This is an Excerpt from my new book Why I Am an Atheist Who Believes in God

Which "me" should be running the show? We're all in the closet, so to speak. We barely come out to ourselves and never completely to others. I've never met an unequivocal...

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Evangelical Theology Is Used Like Sunscreen -- Not to Encourage Discussion but to Protect Against Exposure

(17) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 7:49 AM


Let's be honest. Sure some smart young people who "come to Christ" are deeply sincere. Then life happens to them and they come to see that nothing is quite as true as it was cracked up to be that night they got "saved." Then they have a choice: stick...

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Jesus Hated Women -- Right?

(42) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 12:56 PM

My friend's attitude pissed me off. I shouted, "Are you kidding me? Taking care of my grandchildren is the only thing I've ever done I feel entirely happy about! Anyway, Jesus liked hanging out with women and kids too! So fuck you!"

Let me explain...

I'd just picked up Lucy...

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To Those Predicting Healthcare Reform Failure: The Evidence of Obama's Achievements Shows You're on the Wrong Side of History -- Again

(2) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 10:13 AM


There are Obama haters aplenty, have been from Day One: Snooty left wingers have offered advice he should have, could have, would have followed to success if the president had just listened to his white...

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We Need Ethical Evolution, Not More Destructive Fundamentalist "Certainty"

(16) Comments | Posted November 14, 2013 | 8:54 AM


Ethics can evolve along with every area of human discovery, for instance, beyond ugly biblical myths born of justifying tribal hatred and ethnic -- God-made-us-do-it -- cleansing after the fact. Individual parishes, let alone individuals, may practice a compassionate and enlightened faith...

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We Have a Dumb Religion Problem -- Not a Political Problem

(127) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 2:32 PM

The media failed to tell the real story of how we reached the shutdown and brink of default. To get what's happening to the GOP and, to America, you need to understand the theology of the extremist frankly stupid and misinformed...

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Wounded Recovering Evangelicals Unite! (One Who Wrote to Me)

(17) Comments | Posted November 3, 2013 | 8:10 PM

I got this email from someone I'll call "Wounded Recovering Evangelical", who gave me permission to post it here but says "That being said, please remove all the identifiers. When I say we're from rural parts, I mean that. Everybody knows...

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Fundamentalist Belief Grows Brains Incapable of Dealing With the World as it Actually Is

(62) Comments | Posted October 23, 2013 | 10:20 AM


Fundamentalist belief grows brains incapable of dealing with the world as it actually is. Being raised in a home where you're taught from birth - as I was as the son of evangelical missionaries -- that the evidence of...

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Dear Mr. President,

(2) Comments | Posted October 17, 2013 | 8:24 AM



Dear President Obama,

Congratulations Mr. President. Once again you win over white bigots and other evangelical Tea Party goofs. Everyone has underestimated you since Day 1....

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Re: Gov. Shutdown; An Appeal to Paul Krugman and the NY Times: Stop Being Polite, It's Time to Expose Extremist Religion's Threat to Our Democracy

(25) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 7:21 AM

For almost 9 years I've been warning Huffington Post readers of the danger religious right fundamentalist activism is to our country. With the advent of the shutdown I'm tempted to say "I told you so." The shutdown is the religious right's biggest "victory" and a loss for the rest of...

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