Patience with God: Faith for People Who Don't Like Religion (or Atheism)

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Da Capo Press, Oct 27, 2009 - Religion - 256 pages
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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 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 conversation. “My writing has smoked out so many individuals who seem to be thinking about the same questions. I hope that this book will provide a meeting place for us, the scattered refugees of what I'll call The Church of Hopeful Uncertainty.”


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You ever get the feeling that Fundamentalist Christians and the New Atheists are two sides of the same coin, both steeped in literalism and blind to any other point of view? That's the basic premise ... Read full review

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Interesting book - the last few chapters I could have missed. Read full review


Title Page Dedication PROLOGUE
Where Extremes Meet
How the New Atheists Poison Atheism
How Many Ways Are There to Say There Is No God?
Why Does Dawkins Oppose Faith with Lapel Pins?
Determinism Religious and Secular Is the Ultimate Insanity Defense
Dennett Says Religion Evolved the Way Folk Music Did
Patience With Each Other Patience With
So Naked Before a Just and Angry
There Is More in Man Than the Mere Breath of His Body
That Truth Button Should Humble Everyone
How Do Spiritual Catalysts Work?
Shedding over Every Daily Task the Light of Love
He Never Left a Trace That Hed Been There
Much More Miraculous Than a Good Cup of Coffee

Hitchens Poisons Hitchens
The Only Thing Evangelicals Will Never Forgive Is Not Hating the Other
Spaceship Jesus Will Come Back and Whisk Us Away
First and Last Alike Receive Your Reward

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Frank Schaeffer is the author of the New York Times bestseller Keeping Faith and, most recently, the memoir Crazy for God, which was featured on NPR's Fresh Air. His novels, including Portofino, have been translated into nine languages. He and his wife, Genie, live in Massachusetts and have three children.

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