Growing up in a Christian community with L’Abri: a personal reflection.
Frank Schaeffer It’s embarrassing enough having any parent at all, but when your dad is regularly hailed as one of the greatest Christian thinkers of the past century, it must be unbearable. That, or a huge privilege. Frank, son of Francis, knows this embarrassment and privilege intimately, and, in 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, has blessed the rest of us with a eye-wateringly funny and poignant memoir of growing up in and beyond the L’Abri community. Yes, we really do have him (partly) to thank for right-wing fundamentalism. And yes, he’s really sorry. Now a successful novelist, it is a huge honour to have him at the festival, though his own kids will probably be squirming.