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.

INTERVIEW WITH GOD: ZIKA VIRUS

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Editor’s Note: Our last post clarified how cruel, evil and petty the God of the Bible can be. This post depicts God as lazy, grumpy and irresponsible. But the Bible (i.e., God’s word) is not the source of the information presented here. Instead, it’s a mock interview with God by a mock, but very entertaining, [Read More...]

God – The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction – Reviewed

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Editor’s Note: I am pleased to present a review of  Clergy Project co- founder Dan Barker’s latest book, released today by Sterling Publishing. I’m guessing this will be the most detailed review, since it’s written by a former Bible teacher who is also a Clergy Project member. Even she found some (gruesome) surprises. ======================= By [Read More...]

Wonder Evolves “Beyond Atheism” – Student/Teacher Conversation

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Editor’s Note: As promised, TCP member Mark Rutledge has provided feedback on the class he’s teaching called “Beyond Atheism” at Duke University’s Life Long Learning Institute (for adults 55+). After reading Chris Highland’s recent review of Diana Butler Bass’s book, Grounded, Mark decided to include it in his class reading materials. The following is an [Read More...]

In Service to an Impotent God

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Editor’s Note: This Clergy Project member shares his heart wrenching experience dealing with his daughter’s cancer and the powerlessness of prayer. ===================== By Dave Warnock I spent over thirty years believing in a God who was personal – a God who listened to my prayers and answered them. I cannot count the hours I spent [Read More...]

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – An Atheist Seminary Grad’s Critique

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By Catherine Dunphy Star Wars is more than just a movie. It’s a spectacle and storytelling of the most ancient variety. It presents the human conflict between good and evil. Fans of Star Wars speak of its backstory as canonical, with each hero or villain advancing the central struggle: light vs. darkness. Episode 7 – [Read More...]

Snow is Wonderful Enough or “Why Add God to the Snow?”

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Riffing off our most recent post, it’s quite clear here in the Washington, DC area, that nature, in the form of a huge blanket of snow, is wonderful.   It’s wonderful to experience it from  indoors, looking out. **Sunday AM  1/24/16 update**  Sun shining on the snow and blue skies above. And it’s wonderful that so many [Read More...]

Why isn’t Wonder Wonderful Enough?

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Editor’s Note: When I read Grounded, Finding God in the World, by well-known liberal Christian author Diana Butler Bass, I thought it would be perfect for a nature lover like Chris Highland. I was right! He read it overnight and reviewed it the next day. The two of them are so close philosophically, it seems [Read More...]

Unlike Bible, Clergy Project Website Fixes Errors — Fast

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While poking around The Clergy Project (TCP) website the other day, I noticed that the “History” page had been changed since my last visit and that one section on how TCP was formed had incorrect information. Horrors! Although I know how well-meaning people can get information jumbled after a while, I also know how important [Read More...]

David Bowie and Jesus

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Editor’s Note: This former Bible teacher applies her learning and her evolved relationship with the supposed Son of God to the recent death of one of her totally human idols. ======================= By Alexis Wesley I heard about David Bowie’s death seconds after it hit the Internet. I first knew him as Jareth in Jim Henson’s Labyrinth. [Read More...]

“The Revenant” Review – A Study in 19th Century Violence, Grunts and Revenge

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**Update**  This post was written before The Golden Globe award ceremonies in which The Revenant won for best drama and Leonardo DiCaprio won for best actor.   The opinions expressed below still stand.   Good thing for this movie that I’m not on the nominating committee. ** Spoiler Alert** I had my hands over my eyes during [Read More...]


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