Coming (out) Soon – A Disillusionist


Editor’s Note: I recently had the pleasure of “meeting” another Clergy Project (TCP) member. I put “meeting” in quotes, because I don’t know his real name or where he lives. I do know that he’s for real, however, because I was put in touch with him through a TCP member who can vouch for him. [Read More...]

My Kind of Churches!

sarlat church market

In my recent travels, I’ve come upon several churches that have been repurposed to adapt to changing times and needs.   France is full of lovely old churches finding new ways to serve their communities. Here’s the Sainte Marie Church in Sarlat-La-Caneda that was first built in the 12th century. (Ignore the hunched gremlin in the [Read More...]

Bad Theology Keeps Us in the Dark

David Madison headshot

Editor’s Note: Theologians, with their deep academic knowledge, are equipped to make a strong case against religious belief – if they are so disposed. Bart Ehrman and Anthony Pinn have done it and now there is a new generation of theologians, including our next contributor, who after leaving academia, influence the way we think about [Read More...]

Breadcrumb Trail to Life Outside of Faith

Brandon Withrow

Editor’s Note: I suspect and hope that this new contributor to the blog is part of a trend of religious educators who leave the fold publicly, using their academic theological knowledge and strong desire to help people find their way out of religious indoctrination. ======================== By Brandon G. Withrow I was raised a Baptist pastor’s [Read More...]

What I Like About Donald Trump


Editor’s Note: In yet another foray into politics, former preacher Jim Mulholland has some smart things to say about The Donald. I noticed similarities between Trump and human perceptions of the Supreme Being, so am delighted to present musings from someone who has personally experienced a calling from God. Reprinted with permission from the author. [Read More...]

Psychoanalyzing God


Editor’s Note: Frequent commenter Elizabeth bravely takes on a difficult question: “What good cause did Jesus die for?”  To answer, she channels Carl Jung, Bill O’Reilly, Reza Aslan, Job, Chris Highland and YHWH himself. ====================== By Elizabeth “At least Jesus died for a good cause” as someone commented in last summer’s VBS series. Ever on [Read More...]

How I Avoided the Ministry and Broke the Spell of Religion

Clay Gibney

Editor’s Note: Unlike most contributors to Rational Doubt, this one is not a member of The Clergy Project. Lucky for him, he doesn’t qualify. He never became clergy, so he didn’t have a pastor’s struggles with how to handle his changed beliefs. He has certainly had religious struggles, though. After chatting with Clay Gibney over [Read More...]


Editor’s Note: Frequent contributor and Clergy Project Communications Chair, Drew Bekius, offers us insights from his personal “Atheists in Foxholes” experience. In addition to showing that God belief isn’t needed to face death, he describes how facing our human vulnerabilities can be inspirational and calming.  The following is a condensed version of a post from [Read More...]

Understanding Kim Davis [Pre- Pope Drama]

Same sex wedding

Editor’s Note: Building on an unintended theme of non-believing clergy expressing unexpected, controversial points of view on religious issues, here is Clergy Project member Jim Mulholland discussing his take on Kentucky county clerk, Kim Davis – BEFORE her latest drama with Pope Francis.  Note how Mulholland, like Bob Ripley before him, points out areas of [Read More...]

Final Papal Post #2 – Conscientious Objection & Vatican Clarification

Editor’s Note: Our resident former Catholic couldn’t restrain herself from writing one more Papal Post, given her additional thoughts on conscientious objectors and the additional news about the Kim Davis meeting with the Pope. ===================== “Conscientious objector” – hmmm – what does that mean? According to Merriam Webster, it’s “a person who refuses to serve [Read More...]