Saturday, December 01, 2007

Schaeffer and Schaeffer part 2

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

That's the book and I plan to get to it. When reviewers lay into Frank Schaeffer for railing against Pat Robertson and George W Bush and the Christian Right and the current war I don't really care that much if that becomes the basis of a middling to bad review. Conversely, if the people raving about the book are secularists or on the Christian left that does not necessarily mean I have a reason to actually read the book.

No, I plan to get to the book because it seems interesting. If Frank Schaeffer is guilty of blaming a lot of his problems on the legacy of his parents he won't be any different from most Americans I've met. We live in a society where blaming family for our own abject failure is an easy temptation. But I don't have to assume that's what Frank Schaeffer has done in his book because a few Christians who don't want the late Francis Schaeffer taken down a peg by his own son don't think I should read the book. Conversely, I'm not so set in my politics at either extreme that I have a reason to think Frank Schaeffer must be a moron for opposing the current war or thinking that evangelicals are a bad joke. If Schaeffer is as bad as an agnostic or an atheist as some reviews I've seen on the net seem to think he is that won't be a surprise but I'm not sure it's a foregone conclusion. I'd like to read the book for myself to find out what I think. If Frank Schaeffer feels his father was led down a bad path by his friends and kids who changed him from a gift to the Church into a windy political pedant then I will very likely see in Schaeffer's memoir what I have seen in the last twenty years done with Francis Schaeffer's work.

Plus some of the more scholarly tomes I've thrown myself into just aren't feeling that winsom right now. I'll get back to Augustine and Bauckham later. Right now I'm sticking with lighter or more personable literary fare.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

down time and more down time

the holidays are here and I am occupied. Yes, I know, lame. But I just don't feel inspired to blog. Then again, not lame. I have spent plenty of time with very good friends, some of whom I have not been able to visit in quite some time. That's better than blogging. While I have been repeating myself on a number 0f topics I consider worthy they shall most likely have to wait, again.