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

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 10.12.2014 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

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...

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...

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 09.15.2014 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

(A 1984 satirical magazine cover depicting "Franky" Schaeffer as a "kid" throwing mud at Christianity Today Magazine and Billy Graham for not be...

Former Evangelical Leader Is A Self-Declared Atheist Who Believes In God

Religion News Service | Kimberly Winston | Posted 06.13.2014 | Religion

(RNS) According to the title of his new book, Frank Schaeffer is an atheist. But he prays every day. And he goes to church every weekend. Catch him...

How Jesus Took America Hostage -- "American Jesus" the Movie

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 11.30.2013 | Entertainment
Frank Schaeffer

American Jesus shows that in the American religious community life goes on as if the Enlightenment had never taken place.

Government Shutdown: It's Not About the Economy, Stupid. In America It's Always About God

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 11.27.2013 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

The reality based community suffers from its own version of closed circuit thinking. Ironically it's their reasonable commitment to reason that blinds many people to what is underlying our poisonous political climate on the right wing fringe.

A Tribute To My Evangelical Leader Mom-- Edith Schaeffer RIP

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 05.30.2013 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

Mom was a wonderful paradox: an evangelical conservative fundamentalist who treated people as if she was an all-forgiving progressive liberal of the most tolerant variety. RIP Edith Schaeffer

Will the Real Francis Schaeffer Please Stand Up? A Tribute

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 03.16.2013 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

The most wonderful tribute to Dad and to my book came many years later, last Sunday, when I got this email (used by permission of the writer) that really speaks to who Dad was and to the man I knew and loved. I've reproduce it here unedited.

Worshipping at the Altar of Ayn Rand's Undeserving Elite (Ryan Is No Kemp)

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 10.15.2012 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

I have something in common with Republican vice presidential nominee Congressman Paul Ryan: We were both friends with the late Congressman Jack Kemp. Today, some Republicans are comparing Paul Ryan to Kemp. That is a slur on Kemp.

Resisting Condemnation to Save America

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 10.09.2012 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

When we demonize the "other," even in the name of reason, we open the door to a world of zero sum redemption where one person's gain is another person's humiliating loss.

Evangelicals Don't Believe Life Begins At Conception

Jonathan Dudley | Posted 09.20.2011 | Religion
Jonathan Dudley

It makes little sense to reject pacifism, to insist abortion is morally equivalent to the organized slaughter of millions of children and then to say that violence should never be used to end abortion.

Setting the Record Straight: Michele Bachmann, Francis Schaeffer and the Christian Right

John W. Whitehead | Posted 10.19.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

No matter what the talking heads might say about Bachmann's so-called dominionist philosophies or Rick Perry's right-wing leanings, they are first and foremost politicians -- answering to a higher call that ends at the ballot box.

Michele Bachmann Blames The Renaissance

latimes.com | Posted 10.10.2011 | Arts

Tea party queen and Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is convinced that America is sinking into tyranny. Why? In a remarkable profile...

Sex, Mom and Dad's Sins

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 09.10.2011 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

"Your father demands sexual intercourse every single night and has since the day we married because he doesn't want to end up like King David," my mother used to tell me when I was a child.

Abortion Politics Is Back Again (How I Helped Found the "Pro-Life" Fiasco)

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 06.05.2011 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

Abortion is back in the news. The Republicans are turning to their old standby -- "life issues" -- once again. It has worked for them before. It may again.

Franklin Graham, Religious Extremism, Dad, God and Me (Confessions of a Former Religious Nut Leader)

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

There seems to be a consistent pattern when it comes to the right wing leadership of American religion: The louder the protest against "the lack of morals," the more likely it has been that the person doing the protesting is mired in doubt.

Jesus For Jews, Or Something Like That

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

There is no way to get on the inside of the who-is-chosen question without unpacking the quirky relationship Evangelicals have with Jews, both embracing them and condemning them to eternal damnation.

The Stink of Right Wing Moral Failure Is About to Overcome America

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

Make no mistake: the deep river of know-nothing sewage that flows just under the American surface is about to gush into view with the Far Right takeover of at least one part of our Congress.

Understanding the "Reason" Why Fundamentalists Must Exclude Gays (and Other "Sinners")

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

Fundamentalists have to "stand against all compromise" because they themselves are in a constant battle with temptation and these temptations lead to questioning what they say they believe.

The Perpetual American Lynch Mob

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

Who could vote Republican knowing that the Republican Party provides aid and comfort and cover to people who are working feverishly to turn the United States into a theocracy and/or a libertarian gun-toting free for all?

Christian Conservatives Target Seated Judges

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

This latest round of an attack on our judiciary is just another shot fired in our culture war. If we want an American version of Iran: here's the "blueprint"-- just let the folks at "Better Courts Now," impost their "values."

Glenn Beck and The 9/12 Marchers: Subversives From Within

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

Today the right wing America haters actually are doing to America what no "illegal" immigrants ever do: work to overthrow our democracy and replace it with a theocracy.

Max Blumenthal vs. The Far Right "God" Of Dumb Hate

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Frank Schaeffer

Once in a while a book comes along about which one can say: If you love our country read this! Blumenthal's Republican Gomorrah is one such book.

The Real Lesson Of Iran -- Beware America's Republican Mullahs

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

The Religious Right has been awash in anti-democratic (even anti-American) religious ideologues for the better part of 40 years.

How I (and Other "Pro-Life" Leaders) Contributed to Dr. Tiller's Murder

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

The same hate machine I was part of is still attacking all abortionists as "murderers." And once again the "pro-life" leaders are busy ducking their personal responsibility for people acting on their words.

Big Time Evangelical Religion: Consumerist Individualism

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Frank Schaeffer

Evangelical/fundamentalist faith entertains. It makes money. It nurtures a celebrity culture all of its own with its own TV stations, radio stations, book publishers author tours, rock concerts, etc.