Welcome to Vacation Bible School – Rational Doubt Version

Editor’s Note: For the next few weeks, in keeping with a long-standing tradition of vacation bible school, Rational Doubt will be featuring blog posts by Mike Aus, former Lutheran and nondenominational pastor and current humanist community leader. Mike has given permission to reprint posts from his paganpreacher blog, which he started writing in 2011 as [Read More...]

Presbyterians: Please Confront Reality and Embrace Evolutionary Science

Editor’s Note:  After writing about Rev. John Shuck’s efforts regarding Evolution Sunday last week, I invited him to speak for himself – and he did!  Please read what he has to say.  I think he’s the future of the liberal church –if the church has a future. ================================  I am a minister in the Presbyterian [Read More...]

Seminary or Cemetery?

Editor’s Note: In his second post, Chris Highland tells us how graduate-level theological study eroded his faith. He is not alone: it’s a well-known saying among seminarians that seminary is the place “where faith goes to die.” =========================== When I entered seminary 35 years ago, little did I know that I was also entering a [Read More...]

Ask an Atheist Ex-Pastor – What about Me and Grandma in Heaven?

Editor’s Note: Welcome to our first “Ask an Atheist Ex-Pastor” column. “Dave” will answer religion questions you always wanted the answers to, but were afraid to ask (like mine below), Even better, Dave will give you straight answers you never got when you did ask your pastor.  Dave’s sensitive and serious answer to my question [Read More...]

Ask an Atheist Ex-Pastor – And He Will Answer

Editor’s Note: Dave, an atheist ex-Pastor with a “coming-out” book coming out in the fall, introduces a new feature on Rational Doubt.  If you have a question for Dave, please email him at askanexpastor [at] gmail [dot] com.  Check the Ask an Atheist Ex-Pastor tab above for answers to questions asked by doubting lay people [Read More...]

Obama – the First Atheist President! (In my Dreams)

  Editor’s Note: This article is part of the Public Square 2014 Summer Series: Conversations on Religious Trends. Read other perspectives from the Atheist community here: “Public Square 2014 Summer Series: Conversations on Religious Trends” http://www.patheos.com/Topics/2014-Religious-Trends.html and http://www.patheos.com/Topics/2014-Religious-Trends/Atheist.html I was one of the thousands of people cheering wildly on the National Mall as Obama delivered [Read More...]

Retired Pastor “Comes Out” Atheist – This Fall – in a Book

Editor’s Note: I first heard about “Dave” when I received a manuscript of his soon-to-be-released book about his deconversion. A member of the Clergy Project and an accomplished writer, he seemed ideal to be the moderator of a new feature coming soon on Rational Doubt.  It’s called “Ask an Atheist Ex-Pastor”and will be a forum [Read More...]

Unbelieving Pastor Justifies Staying in the Pulpit

Editor’s Note:  In his second post, Andy, a UCC pastor committed to a social justice ministry, asks himself if he is a con man because he makes a living, in part, by pretending to believe in “…the metaphysics some people find necessary to ground them.”   What do you think?  ================================  By “Andy” Steve Martin plays a [Read More...]

Presbyterian Minister and TCP Member Speaks up for Evolution

Michael Zimmerman, head of The Clergy Letter Project, reports that active Presbyterian minister, John Shuck, was unsuccessful in his recent attempt to influence the Presbyterian Church, USA (the progressive branch) to endorse Evolution Sunday.  This is a part of Evolution Weekend observed by many progressive churches. The Clergy Letter Project (not to be confused with [Read More...]

Why Study Non-Believing Clergy?

Editor’s Note: In this post, I explain what instigated the unlikely, oxymoronic study of non-believing clergy that Dan Dennett and I set off on a few years ago.  The post is derived from the “Linda’s Personal Story” section of Caught in the Pulpit: Leaving Belief Behind and is the first of an occasional series about [Read More...]