June 11, 2018

  Editor’s Note: This is a very juicy, upsetting look into how some pastors talk among themselves and the repercussions it can have on members of their congregations. It is reposted with permission from his blog. ========================== By Bruce Gerencser Southern Baptist pastor Rick Patrick faced public outrage over comments he made in a private forum about women, sexual assault, and the #metoo movement. His words made it out into the wild, and Patrick was forced to apologize several times for his… Read more

June 11, 2018

Editor’s Note: This is a very juicy, upsetting look into how some pastors talk among themselves and the repercussions it can have on members of their congregations. It is reposted with permission from his blog. ========================== By Bruce Gerencser Southern Baptist pastor Rick Patrick faced public outrage over comments he made in a private forum about women, sexual assault, and the #metoo movement. His words made it out into the wild, and Patrick was forced to apologize several times for his offensive… Read more

June 7, 2018

Editor’s Note: Here’s an opportunity to experience the joy of a recent Clergy Project member who feels freed from the bondage of belief. Thanks to Mason Lane for referring her to the blog. ============================ By “Janelle London” “I was raised up believing I was somehow unique, like a snowflake distinct among snowflakes, unique in each way you can see. And now after some thinking I’d say I’d rather be, a functioning cog in some great machinery serving something beyond me” Helplessness… Read more

June 4, 2018

Editor’s Note: Listen as this former pastor expresses both humor and frustration while trying to get through to people.   Sometimes it’s just not worth it – except for the fun of writing about it later. ========================= By Kenn Nielsen Albert Einstein is said to have defined stupidity as performing the same experiment over and over and expecting different results.  I am afraid I will have to plead “guilty as charged” in my attempts to use scholarship and reason in my… Read more

May 31, 2018

Editor’s Note: Here is a very clever and very heartfelt public apology offered by an atheist to all the people he misunderstood when he was an evangelical Christian leader.  This originally appeared on Clergy Project member Fernando Alcantar’s blog. It has been been lightly edited and reposted with permission. // Linda LaScola, Editor ========================= By Fernando Alcántar I’m sorry. I used to challenge the veracity of your love and doubted your understanding of it on a regular basis. I believed you… Read more

May 28, 2018

Editor’s Note:  In celebration of his latest book, The Triumph of Christianity: How a Forbidden Religion Swept the World, Clergy Project member and celebrated author, Bart Ehrman, shares the beginning of the first chapter. It’s background on The Emperor Constantine’s role in the ultimate success of Christianity.  I found it to be fascinating. I bet you will, too. //Linda LaScola, Editor ===================== By Bart Ehrman Few events in the history of civilization have proved more transformative than the conversion of the… Read more

May 24, 2018

Editors Note:  If you need to be convinced that it makes sense to take care of our earthly home, please read this. If you’re already convinced, then read this for the sheer beauty of it.  //Linda LaScola, Editor ====================== By Brandon Withrow On the face of it, conservation seems like a no-brainer. Why wouldn’t we protect endangered species or land essential for an ecosystem? And yet, in the age of Trump, it clearly is not a no-brainer.When I was growing… Read more

May 21, 2018

Editor’s Note:  For those who say they believe in God – which god?  There are many to choose from, which this biblical scholar/Clergy Project member knows all about. Repostedwith permission from Debunking Christianity. //Linda LaScola                                                            ============================= By David Madison The God of the Bible could have rivals Science writer Timothy Ferris… Read more

May 17, 2018

Editor’s Note: Read this fascinating summary of recent research on fundamentalists who consider leaving religion but stay (like clergy whose beliefs change, perhaps?) Bottom Line:  They’re depressed.  This is reposted with permission from Bruce Gerencer’s blog and quotes an article  written for Religious Dispatches,by Andreea Nica.  I have also secured her permission to repost it here.  This is clearly a hot topic, because The Daily Beast recently published another article about this research that was written by Clergy Project member and Rational… Read more

May 14, 2018

Editor’s Note: Time for a little levity!  I got a kick out of it anyhow.  Not so sure church-going Christians will like it as much, because it pokes fun at their behavior towards clergy. Actually, I probably engaged in this kind of behavior when I was a church-going Episcopalian.  I think part of it comes from not knowing what to do when socializing with clergy. Should you be on your best behavior (no cussing)? Should you hide your nervousness by… Read more

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