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 happy ending. ==================== By Catherine Dunphy Community! [Read More...]

What Can We Learn from Nietzsche’s Madman?


Editor’s Note: Now for a more philosophical look at religion, from a religious scholar, turned non-believer.  Professor Shults compares having  “the talk” about the origins of religion to parents having “the talk” with their children about where babies really come from. ==================== By F. LeRon Shults Most of my life I found it relatively easy to ignore [Read More...]

What Happens in Seminary? Insights from the Research


Editor’s Note:  This is a follow-up to the very stimulating conversation in the last post, prompted by Maine Skeptic’s question to Dave, the Atheist Ex-Pastor, about how pastors can teach things that they have learned in seminary are not factual.  This is the very question I asked myself before setting off with Dan Dennett on [Read More...]

Humanistic Judaism: Modernizing an Ancient Religion

Editor’s Note: In the last of our Rabbi series, we hear again from Jeff Falick. This time he tells us in some detail how the Humanistic Judaism movement got started and how he got involved with it. ===========================  By Jeff Falick What’s an atheist rabbi to do? That was the dilemma that confronted me when [Read More...]

So How Does It Feel Not To Wear a Kippah?

Editor’s Note: Former Rabbi Levin reflects on his life as an observant Jew via his experiences with and without a “Kippah.”   We hope to hear more from him as he continues to adapt to secular life.  He left his congregation earlier this summer. ========================== A kippah is a head covering worn by Orthodox Jewish males [Read More...]

Atheist Orthodox Rabbi – for a Lifetime

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series on Rabbis. We’re starting with “Sherm” an active Orthodox Rabbi who muses on belief and non-belief. Then we’ll meet Shlomo Levin, an Orthodox Rabbi who recently resigned and we’ll hear again from Jeff Falick, the Humanist Rabbi who recently wrote about the Exodus myth.  All are [Read More...]

The Apostles Creed – Revised For Humanists

Editor’s Note: Mary Johnson, Clergy Project member and former nun with Mother Teresa’s order, gave Rational Doubt permission to reprint this post from her website. Thank you, Mary, and thanks for the enticing offer to readers to write their own variant of the creed. =================== By Mary Johnson I don’t believe in God, an imaginary [Read More...]

Truth Is Stranger Than Truth

Editor’s Note: Well, it’s back to Vacation Bible School!  This time, in the spirit of Ecumenism, we’re hearing from a Rabbi. I can’t find any Google reference to Jews doing Bible school, but if they did, I’m not sure this lesson would make the cut. It was originally posted on “The Atheist Rabbi” blog on [Read More...]

Lesson #6 in Vacation Bible School: Biblical Inspiration? Not So Much

(Originally published 3/8/12, by Mike Aus, aka paganpreacher) ==================== Editor’s Note: Mike picks out some of the ugliest parts of the Bible, questioning why so much of the “good book” would contain such gruesome material.   Just a little inspiration from the “Good Book” to bless your week: “When a man sells his daughter as [Read More...]

My Weekend at the World Humanist Congress, Oxford, UK

Editor’s Note:  Catherine Dunphy, Clergy Project member and operations manager of this blog, shares her enthusiasm about her recent experience with humanists from around the world.                                                           [Read More...]