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Frank Schaeffer on Who Lost this Election and Why

Not everyone in the country is happy with the election results, but Frank Schaeffer argues that only two groups lost, the New Atheists and the Religious Right.

Frank, son of Francis and Edith Schaeffer, founders of La Brie and some of the initial architects of the Religious Right, has recently written a book titled, 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. The title pretty well sums up his current writing and work.

He writes on Huffington Post Wednesday:

Into the all or nothing culture wars, and the all or nothing wars between the so-called New Atheists and religion the election of President-elect Obama reintroduces nuance. President-elect Obama's ability to believe in Jesus, yet question, is going to rescue American religion in general and Christianity in particular, from the extremes.

Obama's ability to articulate the importance of his own faith and affirm the central role of the faith community in our country will erode the credibility of both religious and atheistic fundamentalists. He concludes:

President Obama is about to make reasoned faith fashionable again. It's about time.

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