Impatience with Fundamentalism and
Infatuation with Mysticism
Due to Studied Ignorance of the Protestant Reformation
While this is not a complete book review, just an examination of the Prologue which can be read for free on the internet, to Frank Schaeffer's latest book, some things are still a dead giveaway. Schaeffer still tells us what he thinks as bluntly as he used to in the old days when, as “Frankie”, an angry young evangelical, he wrote A Time for Anger, The Myth of Neutrality in 1982.
Now however, in his latest title of 2009, Patience with God: Faith for People Who Don't Like Religion (or Atheism), while Frank is beyond being crazy for God, he’s still crazy - as in irrational. (But that’s OK because it’s part of being both religious and experience oriented according to Frank.) His latest tells us of his irritation with and rejection of both evangelical and the secular “New Atheism” fundamentalism as opposed to his fascination with Kierkegaard’s philosophical existentialism, if not again Eastern Orthodoxy, which always hovers in the background.
Mr. Schaeffer is either genuinely ignorant of, if not that he deliberatively chooses to ignore, Biblical Christianity, at least as it was understood and confessed at the Protestant Reformation in the Reformed Faith by the Presbyterian and Reformed churches in concocting his rebuttal of fundamentalism. Of course, Mr. Schaeffer is entitled to his opinion on these matters; that is beyond question. That his arguments are new, of substance and persuasive is an entirely different matter. Consequently an examination and critique of both evangelical fundamentalism on the one hand and existentialism and Eastern Orthodoxy on the other is in order, as below and in contrast to Mr. Schaeffer's evasion of the orthodox and Biblical solution to the issues he raises.