Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Oh boy, is the manure going to hit the fan

Frankie Schaeffer on the religious right and the Republican Party.

I have got to read that book. Have you read Crazy for God? What did you think?

Hat tip to This Changes Nothing.

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John Burgess said...

I let you read it and then tell us all about it! :-)

Sounds to me like this guy's working out issues he had with his father and the vehicle is that which his father holds dear. Tedious.

But, it's not a bad way to get the general public to pay your psychiatrist bills, so you have to give him that...

Janet said...

Might take me a while to get to it, but I do want to read it.

While I agree with you about his issues, I also think there is a lot of truth in what he said. The religious right allowed itself to get hijacked and has turned into something only vaguely related to Christianity. Too many things were accepted without question, and far too many Christians swallowed the tenets of neo-conservatism because it was presented as a package deal. For those of us who want to be Christians - and evangelical Christians - but have no desire to be associated with political movements and the nastiness and mean-spiritedness and partisanship that go with them, it has been very disconcerting. It has also been very disconcerting to see political dogma so tangled with religious dogma that they are held to be inseparable.

I read a lot of his father's books in my teens (and a couple of his mother's), so maybe it has more emotional resonance for me. And I also tend to think that the elder Schaeffer would be dismayed at the direction the movement has taken.


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