“Disillusionist” Update – Coming Out Soon?

Editor’s Note: Last November, the Rational Doubt blog interviewed a Clergy Project member about his plans to “come out” publicly. It hasn’t happened yet, but in this Q&A, “Disillusionist” provides a lively and thoughtful update on his situation and I provide occasional asides in [brackets.] ================== 1. Four months have passed since we talked in [Read More…]

Pope Francis’s New Book – Everything you Need to Know

Editor’s Note: Our intrepid ex-Catholic reviews the Pope’s new book, using her skepticism and understanding of theology to guide the non-cognoscenti through his thinking.   By Catherine Dunphy DISCLAIMER: I have read Pope Francis’ new book, The Name of God is Mercy – a conversation with Andrea Tornielli, so you don’t have to. Francis has shown [Read More…]

From Religiosity to Morality

Editor’s Note: Morality is a very timely topic as the percentage of secularists grows in the US and as Americans weigh their choices in the presidential primary elections. While Republican candidates tout their Christian bona fides, Democrats defer discussion of religion unless asked, and then stress the importance of being moral. Just this past Sunday, well-known [Read More…]


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

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

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

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

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?”

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?

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…]