Frank Schaeffer on how Evangelical Christianity is ruining this country

September 18, 2009

In an excellent discussion on the Rachel Maddow Show about the harm that Evangelical Christian thinking has done to the United States, Frank Schaeffer, the son of the prominent Christian thinker Francis Schaeffer, speaks out about how extremist views in religion have led a third of our population to reject facts in favor of faith. As examples, he mentions young earth creationism, and how economic news, and world politics all seem to prove end-time Bible prophecy to Evangelicals. He contrasts this know-nothing version of Christianity with "authentic, historic Christianity." Among other culprits, he zeroes-in on Christian homeschooling, and Tim LaHaye’s   Left Behind book series. And he has a great line, something like:

You can’t reorganize the village to cater to the idiocies of the village idiot.

FYI, he’s the author of   Crazy for God: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lived to Take All (or Almost All) of It Back. Also FYI, his father, Francis Schaeffer, is author of the influential   A Christian Manifesto , which is seen to be a call-to-arms in direct response to   The Humanist Manifesto I and II , at least in part.


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