July 19, 2018

Editor’s Note: Ever since visiting the Grand Canyon, I wondered how creationists explained the numerous signs there that describe an ancient earth. You will understand after reading this. You’ll also understand what we need to do to stop poisoning young minds with creationists’ regressive beliefs.  We welcome this second postby an almost Clergy Project member, who dodged the bullet by dropping out of seminary to attend law school. / Linda LaScola, Editor ==================== By Luke Douglas I was a new… Read more

July 16, 2018

Editor’s Note: As we know from recent posts, this Clergy Project member has gone from evangelical pastor to accidental humanist. It turns out he’s been flying the whole time. Where or why, it’s sometimes hard to say. But he’s enjoying the ride.   /Linda LaScola, Editor =================== By Fresh LA Philosophically speaking, like Icarus of old, I’ve experienced both the thrill of flight and the pain of falling. Nonetheless, despite potentially crashing, I still love the thrill of risk-taking. To be honest, I’m… Read more

July 12, 2018

Editor’s Note: This careful reading of a famous 20thcentury social critic’s words makes a strong case for his posthumous nomination to a very elite 21stcentury group.  /Linda LaScola, Editor =========================== By Chris Highland My wife Carol and I made a secular pilgrimage through the South this summer.  For us, a secular pilgrimage is an educational mixture of Nature, Civil War, Civil Rights and local brews.  It can be both delightful and disorienting—a creatively disturbing combination. You may be familiar with… Read more

July 9, 2018

Editor’s Note: Don’t miss this Clergy Project member’s review of another Clergy Project member’s latest book.  I love it when this happens: one infidel openly writing about another.  Make that three, counting me. ======================== By David Madison A Review of John Compere’s book, Outgrowing Religion Pope Francis may, as a show of theistic solidarity, offer handshakes and hugs to leading Protestant, Jewish and Muslim clerics. Such posturing plays well with the faithful and the media. We’ve all seen the feel-good photo… Read more

July 5, 2018

By Linda LaScola, Editor Back in January of 2017, I wrote a post featuring photos from the Women’s March, held the day after Trump’s inauguration. Both my anger and my hope were high back then and I felt exhilarated marching with thousands of others with common concerns for the future of our country.  A year-and-a-half later, I’m much more concerned and a lot less exhilarated, to put it mildly. I’m especially disturbed by the recent focus on “civility” – which seems… Read more

July 1, 2018

Editor’s Note: Welcome to Chapter Two of the story about the evangelical ministerial staff who left both their church and their religion.  /Linda LaScola, Editor =========================== By “Fresh LA” Nothing was off the table. We could talk about anything and question everything. This was the beginning to an outcome none of us could have predicted. The small group that met on my backyard patio consisted of staff, church members, neighbors, friends of my teenage kids and sometimes even area pastors. My patio served as a… Read more

June 28, 2018

Editor’s Note:  Imagine my delight when this Clergy Project member told me that he had been a “secret reader” of the Rational Doubt blog before leaving the clergy. For me,  it was literally a dream come true. I had hoped that doubting clergy were finding solace here, knowing that they were not alone. I also hoped that once they determined they no longer believed, they could find more solace, as well as comradarie, in The Clergy Project.  Thank you, “Thomas”… Read more

June 25, 2018

Editor’s Note:  Here’s a first post by another recent Clergy Project member referred to the blog by Mason Lane.  Everyone’s story is unique, of course, but this guy takes the cake – and took his whole leadership team with him when he left religious belief.  We’re going to want more detail, but this is a good start. ===================== By “Fresh LA” I’m only human; what a statement in the making. As much as the masses pulled on me to be… Read more

June 21, 2018

Editor’s Note: This young man would have been become a member of The Clergy Project, if he had ever completed his seminary training.  Instead, he got a law degree, and went to work for conservative causes – for a while. Now he’s on fire for “human progress and dignity” as he puts it.  And just in time, given the Trump administration’s abhorrent policies on the Mexican border.  I hope we’ll be hearing more from him, here on the blog and… Read more

June 18, 2018

Editor’s Note:  This TCP member and regular blog contributor shares his thoughts on a recent Facebook discussion he was involved with on the subject of school prayer.  ===================== By John Lombard I recently participated in a Facebook post with a graphic that had a Christian praying to God, asking why he allowed so many school shootings.  And God answers,                            “What did you expect when you took me out… Read more

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