I just started reading Frank Schaeffer’s new book, “Why I’m an Atheist Who Believes in God.” I’m fascinated by the title and so curious to see where he goes with his premise in the book.
I have read some angry blog posts by Frank over the years. He has been a strong voice speaking against Evangelicalism. I am familiar with his parent’s ministry through L’Abri and was very touched by Frank’s tribute to his mother when she passed away last year.
So when I saw blogger Benjamin L. Corey post this interview and link to get Frank’s book free on Kindle (yesterday and today only–so hurry!), I was intrigued.
I think it is important to hear from people of differing perspectives. Many Christians are taught to fear people who have drawn different conclusions than they have. Yet Scripture says to test things. How often do we fully consider a point of view that is different from our own?
I know plenty of people who have been wounded by Christians whose character in their treatment of others didn’t match the Gospel of grace that they preached. It is beautiful to see Frank Schaeffer, who bears palpable wounds from a brand of Christianity that holds Truth on a higher pedestal than Love, speak affectionately about his parents and God. It is a struggle to find the right balance between Truth and Love, and I am encouraged to see Schaeffer’s honesty about his struggle.
I appreciate what he says about the content of our character being more important than our theology. I appreciate what he says about spiritual journeys and combatting hubris in dogma. We are all on a spiritual journey, either moving nearer to or farther from God. May we all embrace the paradox of our belief and our unbelief. God is big and mysterious and present and active and we are precious to Him. “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7). May we all keep asking, seeking, and knocking.
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