Crazy for God

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

Paperback - 2008
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Presents the autobiography of the son of evangelicals Francis and Edith Schaeffer, covering his career as an evangelical and the reason he left the faith to live a secular lifestyle.
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Press/Perseus Books Group, 2008.
Edition: 1st Da Capo Press pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9780306817502
Characteristics: 417 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 21 cm.


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Jan 29, 2016

Schaeffer loves to put himself in a good light, no matter who he steps on to do so. He is inconsistent throughout, alternatively portraying people and philosophies as ogres or saints, depending on his mood. You don't have to be an expert Calvinist to poke holes in his understanding of faith. In addition, his fact-checking is lazy. in a casual reading, I found a number of errors--ex. the Chinese missionaries who were friends of his grandparents (and were also friends of MY grandparents), were JOHN and Betty Stam, not STAN and Betty. They were decapitated by the Chinese and deserve the dignity of getting their names right, I think. Throughout, Schaeffer is histrionic, self-absorbed and downright nasty at times. Of course his parents weren't perfect, but they contributed a lot to the Christendom and culture and they don't deserve a smear campaign, least of all by their ingrate of a son, who is profiting from their fame, while dragging their name through the mud--nice. Don't waste your time.


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