Editor’s Note: Read this fascinating summary of recent research on fundamentalists who consider leaving religion but stay (like clergy whose beliefs change, perhaps?) Bottom Line:  They’re depressed.  This is reposted with permission from Bruce Gerencer’s blog and quotes an article  written for Religious Dispatches,by Andreea Nica.  I have also secured her permission to repost it here.  This is clearly a hot topic, because The Daily Beast recently published another article about this research that was written by Clergy Project member and Rational… Read more

Editor’s Note: Time for a little levity!  I got a kick out of it anyhow.  Not so sure church-going Christians will like it as much, because it pokes fun at their behavior towards clergy. Actually, I probably engaged in this kind of behavior when I was a church-going Episcopalian.  I think part of it comes from not knowing what to do when socializing with clergy. Should you be on your best behavior (no cussing)? Should you hide your nervousness by… Read more

Editor’s Note: Is a miracle a supernatural event? Something only a god or other heavenly being could do?  That’s what I was taught in Sunday school.  Or is a miracle anything that is unexpected and inexplicable? That’s how I often used the term, e.g., “It’s nothing short of a miracle that….” Please read on to see what bestselling author and  Clergy Project member Bart Ehrman thinks about miracles. Reposted with permission. // Linda LaScola, Editor ========================== By Bart Ehrman As most readers… Read more

Editor’s Note: One of the recurring and very poignant features of Clergy whose religious doubt gradually becomes disbelief is the growing realization that prayer doesn’t work. Not their prayers for their faith to strengthen and not the many prayers of the people in their congregations.  They ultimately give up prayer and give up religion. Here, a Clergy Project member and biblical scholar dares believers to test prayer and gives them instructions on how to do it. I suspect that people who… Read more

Editor’s Note: the Rational Doubt blog proudly presents the review of the second book Dr. Karen L. Garst has edited. Why isn’t this book being reviewed by our resident reviewer, Alexis Record, you may ask?  It’s because Alexis is one of the authors – an indication of how worthy this compilation of essays is. ============================== By Teresa Roberts With a bold title like Women v. Religion: The Case Against Faith… and for Freedom, Karen L. Garst has once again provided… Read more

Editor’s Note: This is a report on a very special event that is happening more and more these days – a screening on a film about becoming humanist after a lifetime of being a religious believer.  It’s even more special to me because the secular student group that Carter Warden is involved with sponsored the event.  Not so long ago, Carter Warden (aka “Adam Mann”) was a closeted non-believing clergy.  Now he’s “out” and furthering humanism with the help of… Read more

Editor’s Note: After the recent heart-wrenching “Clergy Doubt” series, we could use a little levity. This post surely provides it. Like the other posts, this is a true story and it’s about a pastor’s changing beliefs – and, this case, a desperately needed change of clothes.   Enough – I don’t want to give it away!   //Linda LaScola, Editor By Mason Lane After many years of futility, I’d already resigned myself to the fact that the God I prayed to, always… Read more

Editor’s Note: I hope that some very sincere, committed Christians read this eloquent, poignant and even funny post – not to change their minds about their faith, but to let them see how committed this now-non-believing pastor once was to his faith and how hard he tried to fight his doubts – and how free he feels now that he’s “out.” This is the last post in this series on Clergy Doubt. But as long as clergy keep leaving the… Read more

Editor’s Note: The leader of The Clergy Project tells more of his story and displays more of his personality in these responses to the “Doubt” questions. Like many former fundamentalists, he is bitter about the time spent believing, but thrilled to finally be on “Atheist Highway.” /Linda LaScola, Editor ===================== What caused you to start seriously doubting your faith? Many of us are familiar with the chorus: “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus.” “I have decided to follow Jesus, I… Read more

Editor’s Note: Doubting is different for everyone and this religious historian had his own set of issues. As a teacher, he was naturally curious and eager to keep up with the latest academic information. Meanwhile, he was guiding his students to a career in a field that he himself was questioning more and more. Complicated! Listen as this former seminary professor explains how it unfolded for him. /Linda LaScola, Editor ==================== By Brandon Withrow What caused you to start seriously… Read more

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