I am still wondering whether I should read this. Any POSITIVE recs on this board?
For the record, I read Crazy for God a few months ago. My priest recommended it to me, certainly not for Schaeffer's theology, but since Mr. Ismi and I were making the Protestant-Orthodox crossover, he thought that we would find get a lot out of Schaeffer's writings. There were some lines that certainly delivered punch and hit my at my last evangelical nerve. He made a lot of great points, but I was also unnerved about some of the personal stories he chose to tell in the book.
About halfway through the book, I visited my priest again and briefly considered asking him if Frank Schaeffer even believed in God anymore. Only God knows his heart, so I leave that judgment up to Him, but it seemed to me like he was saying, "I picked Orthodoxy because it's so spiritual and leaves a lot to mystery so I can even wake up and not believe in God some days." Sounded like a wavering agnostic/Christian to me.
Not that I certainly haven't questioned God's existence myself, but if he's trying to "sell" Orthodoxy and how at peace he felt with his conversion, he failed. Instead, I just got a whole lot of anger at his upbringing, which I understand. But I do hope he really finds peace with that, because it's like a virus. His mood infects the entire book.
But I am fascinated with his criticism of Western Protestant, especially evangelical, culture in the U.S., because I did agree with him on a lot of those points. Wondering whether his writing style and tone changed after the publication of CfG.