January 14, 2019

Editor’s Note:  This bestselling author, New Testament scholar and Clergy Project member has written quite a lot about Christianity from an academic perspective.  Now he tells us something about how his rejection of religious belief has affected his personal life. This is reposted from his blog, with permission.  /Linda LaScola, Editor ========================= By Bart Ehrman I’ve decided to answer a personal question in this week’s Readers’ Mailbag, about how my relationships with others changed as I went from being a very… Read more

January 10, 2019

Editor’s Note: Here’s another of the former Reverend Mercer’s blog posts written before he left the ministry and went public with his non-belief.  It provides a chilling look at the fear and frustration felt by some clergy who have shed their religious beliefs but are still in active ministry. /Linda LaScola, Editor ============================== By David Mercer I like checkers. I haven’t played in a while but I was unbeatable when I was in second grade. The game goes quickly and it’s… Read more

January 7, 2019

Editor’s Note: Hopefully our current political dark ages won’t last so long or do so much damage. /Linda LaScola, Editor ================================ By David Madison The ongoing rampage of damage The folks in the pews commonly assume that they have bragging rights about their religion. God is Their Mighty Fortress—we owe that image to Martin Luther—which itself a great good for humankind, but they assume that Christianity itself now stands as a fortress again the moral decay threatening our society. By the… Read more

January 3, 2019

Editor’s Note: Wow! This Clergy Project member and two others – John Compere and Gretta Vosper – were recently on an HBO “Vice News” segment about non-believing clergy.  Please watch it.  It’s 7:41 minutes long, plus a short ad at the beginning. It’s great press for TCP and non-believing clergy in general. The interview also inspired this blog post by Fresh LA, which he gave me permission to repost from his own blog. ==================== By Fresh LA Mic’ed up and with cameras… Read more

January 1, 2019

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December 25, 2018

Merry Christmas! From Santa Dan, Linda and Catherine! Baby Deniz, Bad Santa and crying baby too!   ==================================================   >>>Photo Credits:  http://denizcemonduygu.com/blog/2009/04/early-christmas-2/#sthash.sIDkazvG.dpuf <a href=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/oufoufsworld/4179976696/”>Joeckingham</a> via <a href=”http://photopin.com”>photopin</aref=”http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/”>cc</a – See more at: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/rationaldoubt/2014/12/bad-santa-day-4/#sthash.A6coOzj1.dpuf Read more

December 24, 2018

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December 21, 2018

The Christmas Season is here again! We hope you enjoy this re-working of the Twelve days of Christmas by Catherine Dunphy.  Incidentally this version has been republished in a book by Jerry Bowler, and Oxford University Press.   The Twelve Days of Christmas On the 1st day of Christmas my true love gave to me Dawkins Christmas Tree. On the 2nd day of Christmas my true love gave to me, 2 Trilobite fossils, and Dawkins Christmas Tree. On the 3rd… Read more

December 20, 2018

Editor’s Note: Here is Chris’s second gift: a short reflection that is more along the lines of the nature-focused essays that Chris loves to write (and we love to read). Starting with a mellow woodland walk, we savor the solstice before getting caught up in the commercial and religious Christmas that’s inescapable, except in the woods.  /Linda LaScola, Editor ========================== By Chris Highland, Solstice Season 2018 On a wintry walk along the brow of the Blue Ridge today the scent… Read more

December 17, 2018

Editor’s Note: No one could bring in Rational Doubt’s Christmas season better than a non-believing former minister born on Christmas day!  He has two gifts for us.  This is the first. / Linda LaScola, Editor ====================== By Chris Highland Author’s note:  While writing this essay I read that someone stole the fiberglass baby from the nativity of a local church.  Oddly enough, my first thought was:  I’ll help donate for a new Jesus, reasoning that the church should be commended… Read more

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