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...]

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...]

How Can Seminary-Educated Pastors Preach the Bible?

Editor’s Note: Our Atheist ex-pastor answers a question posed by one of our frequent commenters, Maine Skeptic, about the supposed divine origins of the Bible.  ========================= Dear Dave: I’ve been listening and reading works by Bart Ehrman, who is often criticized by professors and authors at Dallas Theological Seminary. While they paint Ehrman as attacking [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...]