Editor’s Note: The next three posts will feature fundamentalist members of The Clergy Project, followed by a series featuring liberal clergy members.  As you know (and will see in these posts) fundamentalists and liberals have very different points of view about the Bible and religious belief and practice. The Fundamentalist view is the one most commonly known, perhaps because it is the simplest approach  – biblical inerrancy  – and perhaps because the fundamentalists are better and louder proselytizers than the… Read more

Editor’s note: Daniel C. Dennett is an esteemed professor, author and a co–founder of the Clergy Project.  Here he shares his innovative idea of how churches could embrace non-believing clergy, increase attendance and fatten the coffers. By Daniel C. Dennett In a recent OnFaith essay, “Pastors Who Don’t Believe:  Can Churches Support Them?” I discussed the issue of non-believing clergy: If you’ve ever been lured by your own basic goodness into a situation where you . . . must suffer unjustly, think how your predicament pales next… Read more

Great timing, Patheos, to schedule your fifth anniversary just a few days after Rational Doubt: The Clergy Project Blog started up. We’ve been “live” just 12 days, since April 24th, and already feel like a member of the family.  The Patheos team has been nothing but welcoming and helpful as the latest member of the “atheist channel” settles in. We look forward to celebrating anniversaries together for many years to come. Read more

That’s what I heard today while tuned in to live-streaming of the Drew Marshall Show in Toronto  – “Canada’s most listened to Spiritual Talk Show.”  Catherine Dunphy, a founding member of the Clergy Project and Operations Manager here at Rational Doubt, was a guest on the show, along with Thom Schultz, who offers “an innovative approach to ministry” and Paul Young, author of The Shack, Christian blockbuster bestselling novel. I tuned in about 10 minutes into the show to hear… Read more

 Editor’s Note:  Clergy Project member Mary Johnson is author of An Unquenchable Thirst, a memoir of her 20 years as a nun with Mother Teresa’s order.  This memoir was named one of the best books of 2011 by Kirkus Reviews.   Mary is currently working on a book about her move away from her religious beliefs, which evolved after leaving the convent.  Below, Mary comments on how the portrayal of atheists in the movie God’s Not Dead differs from her experience… Read more

Welcome to Rational Doubt –  with Voices from The Clergy Project This is the public conversation area of a very private* online-support group for clergy who no longer hold supernatural beliefs.  This public forum will allow people both to listen and participate; creating a dialogue between clergy and regular folks (“lay people” in church-talk) that is not easily available in real life. Religion is a touchy subject.  What clergy really believe is an even touchier subject – and a fascinating one…. Read more

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