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Frank Schaeffer

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...

God Doesn't Need Our Protection

Derek Penwell | Posted 08.12.2014 | Religion
Derek Penwell

God doesn't need the protection of black belt theological defenders. But to the extent that God gets a kick out of anything, I suspect it has to do with the love we show one another and the awe with which we behold the universe.

Frank Schaeffer: The God-Believing Atheist

Christian Piatt | Posted 07.11.2014 | Religion
Christian Piatt

One phrase comes to mind, time and again, when I think of Frank Schaeffer: 'THINK AGAIN.' Any time I think I have a handle on things theological, he seems to find the thread, hanging from the edges, and gives it a good, solid yank.

Getting Judaism, and Jesus, Wrong

Amy-Jill Levine | Posted 03.19.2014 | Religion
Amy-Jill Levine

Once again, in the attempt to make Jesus relevant to the twenty-first century, another of his followers winds up mischaracterizing first-century Judaism.

Defrocked Pastor Offered Job In California

AP | Posted 12.22.2013 | Religion

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A United Methodist pastor from central Pennsylvania who was defrocked after officiating his son's gay wedding was invited by a C...

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

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

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.

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.

God's Guidance of the Ethical Evolution of our Species

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 11.10.2013 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

Here's an excerpt from my new book And God Said, "Billy!" One may nurture, respect and love tradition and yet grow in the light of the logic of our ...

Why I'm Risking My New Book by Self-Publishing Even Though I'm a Bestselling Author

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 11.09.2013 | Media
Frank Schaeffer

  I'm self-publishing my new novel AND GOD SAID, "BILLY!" Where's my advance? What will I live on? The New York Times won't review a self-publis...

Of Those Who Doubt Loyally at Wild Goose

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 10.13.2013 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

We're not loyal to some idea of God based on correct theology, but to the hope that our spiritual longing herself is, might be, will be, a sign to us that truth and beauty exists to be longed for.

My Brand of Hope-Filled Christian Uncertainty

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 10.07.2013 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

The reason so many liberal churches are empty or mostly populated with aging rationalists who seem to have a somewhat embarrassed attachment to religion, is that trying to reduce spiritual experience to something verifiable is a dead end.

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.

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.

'Wild Goose': A New Kind Of Christian Revival

Posted 08.19.2011 | Religion

By Yonat Shimron Religion News Service DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) It's summer. It's hot. It's the South. That must mean it's time for an old-fashioned ca...

Frank Schaeffer's Sex, Mom, And God

Ben Daniel | Posted 08.13.2011 | Religion
Ben Daniel

In his portrayal of Edith Schaeffer, Frank is able to call out the nuttiness of the religious right and to humanize conservative and Evangelical Christians in the same narrative.

How the Bible's Strange Take on Sex Led to Crazy Politics -- and How I Learned to Love Women (and Jesus) Anyway

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 07.18.2011 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

My mother Edith Schaeffer herself was the greatest illustration of the divine beauty of paradox I've encountered. She was a fundamentalist living a double life as a lover of beauty who broke all her own judgmental rules in favor of creativity.

Changing What the Word "Christian" Means Into Something Good

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 07.14.2011 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

If you're not at the Wild Goose Festival this June you'll have missed the most important spiritual gathering in the US to take place in decades. Can a group of Christians save the reputation of Christianity from the "Christian" Right?

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.

Would Obama Speak For a KKK Prayer Breakfast?

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

Would President Obama speak at a prayer breakfast organized by the KKK? Would Jim Wallis and other "progressive" Christians attend? Then what will th...

Arianna: Pat Robertson Gives Religion A Bad Name With His Disaster Comments

Huff TV | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Huff TV

Arianna joined The Nation's Ari Melber and former evangelist Frank Schaeffer on The Joy Behar Show Thursday. The panel weighed in on evangelist Pat Ro...

Jason Linkins

Rachel Maddow, Frank Schaeffer Discuss The Latest In Thinly-Veiled Evangelical Christian Obama Death Threats

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Apparently, the latest thing in "Debasing The Institutions You Pretend To Hold Dear In Order To Suggest That President Barack Obama Should Be Murdered...

Patience With God: Taking on Atheists and Christian Fundamentalists -- An Interview with Frank Schaeffer

John W. Whitehead | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John W. Whitehead

Frank Schaeffer has some big problems with fundamentalist Christians. But he also has big problems with the New Atheists.

It's the People Who Got Small

Tom Sullivan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Sullivan

When town hall protests begin attracting large numbers of foot soldiers youthful enough and fit enough to engage in organized violence, be afraid.

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.