About Linda LaScola

Linda LaScola is co-author, with Daniel C. Dennett, of Caught in the Pulpit: Leaving Belief Behind (2013) and “Preachers who are not Believers” (2010). She is an independent qualitative research consultant who works out of Washington, D.C. She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the Catholic University of America and is a co-founder of the Clergy Project.

Ever Wonder What Post-Theistic Church Looks Like?


Editor’s Note: As an “out” atheist and active pastor, Gretta Vosper is an anomaly. But she won’t be for long if her concept of a “post-theistic church with a values-centric message for all humanity” takes hold.  In this post, she tells us about how she got where she is and how she and her congregation [Read More...]

I Don’t Believe That Either


Editor’s Note: The following post is reprinted with permission from former pastor and Clergy Project member Jim Mulholland. I recently “discovered” Jim when I saw a link to his blog in a comment on another blog. We’ll be hearing more from him over the months.   I thought I’d start with a post about something I [Read More...]

No Such Thing as “Spiritual”


Editor’s Note: This essay, by John Compere, an early member of The Clergy Project, is derived from a chapter in his 2010 book, Towards The Light: A Fifth-Generation Baptist Minister’s Journey from Religion to Reason. It is also very timely given the recent release of Sam Harris’ book Waking up: A Guide to Spirituality without [Read More...]

Louisiana Humanist Community – More Publicity and More Threats


Editor’s Note:  This update to a recent post reports on an additional anonymous threat to a new, growing humanist community led by a member of The Clergy Project.  We hope our next update will be good news only.  =============================== By Catherine Dunphy Last weekend Jerry DeWitt, Humanist Pastor of the Community Mission Chapel in Lake [Read More...]

Atheist Morality: No Need for God


Editor’s Note: Frequent poster and commenter John Lombard spells out his views of a humanist morality in which people do more than survive – they thrive.  ======================== One of the biggest problems for religious leaders who have lost their faith is the question of morality. Many of us were taught as children that morality must [Read More...]

Liberal and Fundamentalist Clergy: Different even in their Disbelief


Editor’s Note: Former preacher Mason Lane muses on his lost time as a Baptist, the delight he finds in music and the vast differences between the mean God of the fundamentalists and the benign God of the liberals – who is supposedly the same Christian God. The post is derived from a chapter in his [Read More...]

The Importance of Being Honest


Editor’s Note: Our Atheist ex-pastor reflects on his first two days after publicly revealing himself as an atheist. Bottom Line: Not so bad. Actually good in many ways. Certainly very interesting. =============================== By Bob Ripley I yam what I yam and that’s all what I yam. Popeye the sailor man Speak what you think today [Read More...]

Newly Revealed Atheist Ex-Pastor Comforts Vacillating Non-Believer

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Editor’s Note: “Dave,” our atheist ex-pastor has come out publicly as a non-believer in a newspaper column he’s been writing for 25 years for IFP (special to QMI Agency) in Ontario, Canada. He is really Bob Ripley, former pastor of Metropolitan United Church in London, Ontario. As he told us in his original Rational Doubt [Read More...]

Identifying as Atheists — When Will We Grow Up?


Editor’s Note: Clergy Project member John Lombard expresses his personal views on the“Atheist Movement.” It’s a relatively new term and a subject of hot debate within “the Movement.” ========================= By John Lombard One of the more interesting discussions in the private Clergy Project forums recently has been over the issue of identifying as an atheist; [Read More...]

Humanist Communities – We Can’t Tolerate Intimidation


Editor’s Note: It’s encouraging that there are so many new humanist communities around the world, but troubling that one of them faces intimidation from so-called religious people. This post is includes an interim report on a new humanist community in the American South. We hope this story has a happy ending. ==================== By Catherine Dunphy [Read More...]