Frank Schaeffer has a problem with Dawkins, Hitchens, Harris, Dennett, and the rest of the New Atheists—the self-anointed “Brights”. He also has a problem with the Rick Warrens and Tim LaHayes of the world—the religious fundamentalists. The problem is that he doesn’t see much of a difference between the two camps. As Schaeffer puts it, they “often share the same fallacy: truth claims that reek of false certainties. I believe that there is an alternative that actually matches the way life is lived rather than how we usually talk about belief.”
Sparing no one and nothing, including himself and his fiery evangelical past, and invoking subtleties too easily ignored by the pontificators, Schaeffer adds much-needed nuance to the existing religious conversation. “I discovered from the emails I’ve been inundated with since my memoir was published that there are more of us perplexed former (or currently) religiously inclined or religiously raised folks on a journey from past certainties to points unknown than I’d been aware of. We want to have faith in God in spite of our bad experiences with religion, oppressive family relationships, and/or doubts and questions. We too worry that we have been hoodwinked by a fairy tale. I hope that this audiobook will provide a meeting place for those of us who count ourselves among the scattered members of what I’ll call the Church of Hopeful Uncertainty."
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Essential read on the God versus atheism debate
What did you like most about Patience with God?
Frank Schaeffer exposes the flaws of evangelical Christianity, secular atheism and himself in this no holds barred analysis of all three.
What other book might you compare Patience with God to, and why?
As odd as it may seem to those who know their family history much of what I read reminded me of the work of Frank's father Francis Schaeffer.
What about Frank Schaeffer’s performance did you like?
Being the author Frank brought a personal quality and intimacy to the reading.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I found the book challenging, revealing and at times humorous.
Any additional comments?
Whilst not necessarily agreeing with much of the content I thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend this book.
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