June 14, 2021

Editor’s Note: This essay, by John Compere, an original member of The Clergy Project, is derived from a chapter in his 2010 book, Towards The Light: A Fifth-Generation Baptist Minister’s Journey from Religion to Reason.  It was timely when it first appeared on this blog in 2014 given the release then of Sam Harris’ book Waking up: A Guide to Spirituality without Religion.  It is still timely as people continue to call themselves “Spiritual but not Religious” without knowing (and perhaps not… Read more

June 10, 2021

By Linda LaScola, Editor This past Sunday, my husband Art and I took our regular Sunday walk in the morning instead of the afternoon. It was supposed to get into the 90’s later, so the AM seemed like the only reasonable time to go.  Even then, it was hot. As we drove to a nearby wooded area near the Potomac, we passed two “houses of worship”.  I didn’t notice their denominations, but couldn’t help but notice all the people sitting… Read more

June 7, 2021

Editor’s Note:  This post is even more relevant now than it was when it was originally written four years ago.  Since the Black Lives Matter demonstrations, spurred by the police killing of George Floyd, it seems like racial issues, which have always existed in the US, are now front and center, where they belong.   On a related subject, I remember that when Dan Dennett and I were looking for non-believing clergy to participate in our study, we tried hard… Read more

June 3, 2021

Editor’s Note: I’m reposting this from Bruce Gerencser’s blog in part to try to enhance his chances of finding the guy he’s looking for. Also, this post really got me thinking about the possible negative effects people could have inadvertently had on other’s lives. In my case, not so much as a researcher, because I always started out the interviews making the process very clear.  But, knowing the influence pastors have, I wonder about my time as an MSW psychotherapist. … Read more

May 31, 2021

Editor’s Note: This post deserves wide attention, as atheism becomes more mainstream, because of the increasing number of “nones”.  I’ve noticed that my own attitude has changed from “Religion is way too powerful” to “Religion is dying on its own – no need to try to hurry it along.” But this post makes me realize the importance of continued vigilance and that complacency could lead to more religious influences in our lives. /Linda LaScola, Editor ================================ Making the world a better place By David… Read more

May 27, 2021

Editor’s Note: Daniel C. Dennett, esteemed professor, author and a co–founder of The Clergy Project, shares his innovative idea of how churches could embrace non-believing clergy, increase attendance and fatten the coffers.  This was originally written in 2014 and is still a good idea. Maybe it’s even a better idea now, as churches reopen after lengthy pandemic closures and decreasing religious affiliation.  Also, The Clergy Project, which started in 2011 with 52 members, now has over 1,000 members – with… Read more

May 24, 2021

Editor’s Note: Now for a respite from Christianity, we have wisdom from an ex-spiritualist.  “Scott” is one of the few Clergy Project members who is not a former Christian, Jew or Muslim religious professional.  He reminds us of that some problems apply to any religion that requires faith in the supernatural – which is most religions (but not Ethical Culture and Unitarianism). /Linda LaScola, Editor =========================== By “Scott” “Those who do not know their opponent’s arguments do not completely understand… Read more

May 20, 2021

Editor’s Note: To be accurate, the title should have the addendum “According to the Bible.” To be completely accurate, it should also say “according to the calculations of 17th century Christian apologist, James Ussher.” Granted, science was not as developed then as it is now, but that wouldn’t stop some present-day Christians from believing this as “gospel truth.”/Linda LaScola, Editor ============================= By Bart Ehrman We appear to be living in an age where science no longer matters.  As you may… Read more

May 17, 2021

Editor’s Note: Remember when you’d proudly add “and a half” to your age when you were a kid? Well, those days are gone!   I think I dropped the ½ when I reached my goal of becoming a teen-ager.  How time flies!  Still, it seems that no matter how old we are, we’re self-conscience about our age. Here’s a guy who is not yet eligible for Medicare who is feeling old.  He has lots of reasons – his circumstances changed… Read more

May 13, 2021

Editor’s Note:  This is in response to a post that first appeared on Clergy Project member Chris Highland’s  personal blog, and I understand that it’s being discussed on the Clergy Project’s private site, as well.  It struck a nerve among some former fundamentalists – people who make up a substantial portion of the author’s colleagues in The Clergy Project. Why are there so many former fundamentalists in The Clergy Project?  I opine it’s because they are more likely to completely… Read more

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