May 10, 2018

Editor’s Note: Is a miracle a supernatural event? Something only a god or other heavenly being could do?  That’s what I was taught in Sunday school.  Or is a miracle anything that is unexpected and inexplicable? That’s how I often used the term, e.g., “It’s nothing short of a miracle that….” Please read on to see what bestselling author and  Clergy Project member Bart Ehrman thinks about miracles. Reposted with permission. // Linda LaScola, Editor ========================== By Bart Ehrman As most readers… Read more

May 7, 2018

Editor’s Note: One of the recurring and very poignant features of Clergy whose religious doubt gradually becomes disbelief is the growing realization that prayer doesn’t work. Not their prayers for their faith to strengthen and not the many prayers of the people in their congregations.  They ultimately give up prayer and give up religion. Here, a Clergy Project member and biblical scholar dares believers to test prayer and gives them instructions on how to do it. I suspect that people who… Read more

May 3, 2018

Editor’s Note: the Rational Doubt blog proudly presents the review of the second book Dr. Karen L. Garst has edited. Why isn’t this book being reviewed by our resident reviewer, Alexis Record, you may ask?  It’s because Alexis is one of the authors – an indication of how worthy this compilation of essays is. ============================== By Teresa Roberts With a bold title like Women v. Religion: The Case Against Faith… and for Freedom, Karen L. Garst has once again provided… Read more

April 30, 2018

Editor’s Note: This is a report on a very special event that is happening more and more these days – a screening on a film about becoming humanist after a lifetime of being a religious believer.  It’s even more special to me because the secular student group that Carter Warden is involved with sponsored the event.  Not so long ago, Carter Warden (aka “Adam Mann”) was a closeted non-believing clergy.  Now he’s “out” and furthering humanism with the help of… Read more

April 26, 2018

Editor’s Note: After the recent heart-wrenching “Clergy Doubt” series, we could use a little levity. This post surely provides it. Like the other posts, this is a true story and it’s about a pastor’s changing beliefs – and, this case, a desperately needed change of clothes.   Enough – I don’t want to give it away!   //Linda LaScola, Editor By Mason Lane After many years of futility, I’d already resigned myself to the fact that the God I prayed to, always… Read more

April 23, 2018

Editor’s Note: I hope that some very sincere, committed Christians read this eloquent, poignant and even funny post – not to change their minds about their faith, but to let them see how committed this now-non-believing pastor once was to his faith and how hard he tried to fight his doubts – and how free he feels now that he’s “out.” This is the last post in this series on Clergy Doubt. But as long as clergy keep leaving the… Read more

April 19, 2018

Editor’s Note: The leader of The Clergy Project tells more of his story and displays more of his personality in these responses to the “Doubt” questions. Like many former fundamentalists, he is bitter about the time spent believing, but thrilled to finally be on “Atheist Highway.” /Linda LaScola, Editor ===================== What caused you to start seriously doubting your faith? Many of us are familiar with the chorus: “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus.” “I have decided to follow Jesus, I… Read more

April 16, 2018

Editor’s Note: Doubting is different for everyone and this religious historian had his own set of issues. As a teacher, he was naturally curious and eager to keep up with the latest academic information. Meanwhile, he was guiding his students to a career in a field that he himself was questioning more and more. Complicated! Listen as this former seminary professor explains how it unfolded for him. /Linda LaScola, Editor ==================== By Brandon Withrow What caused you to start seriously… Read more

April 14, 2018

By Linda LaScola, Editor Much has already been written in the short time that David Silverman, President of American Atheists was suspended and then quickly removed from office. You can find articles here, here and here. Please read them for additional information. Rather than repeat anything already written, I’m using this space to support and applaud the women who came forth with personally embarrassing stories to make a case against Silverman as a sexual predator. I don’t think this would have happened without… Read more

April 12, 2018

Editor’s Note: Meet the rare ex-clergy whose road away from religion did not start with doubt. It did not involve doubt anywhere along the line. When I asked him to respond to the “doubt questions” I’ve asked others, he rightly declined. The questions simply didn’t apply to his experience. Instead, he answered in this much more satisfying stream-of-consciousness manner. / Linda LaScola, Editor ==================== By Dennis Augustine My path away from religious belief wasn’t just one thing and didn’t start… Read more

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