April 6, 2020

Editor’s Note: Clergy Project members are very creatively applying their knowledge of religion to the COVID-19 pandemic. A couple of days ago, we heard from Andy, a working pastor, and now we have the musings, religious and otherwise, of a member who left religion decades ago. /Linda LaScola, Editor =========================== By Scott Stahlecker Up, up, up! The numbers of people dying seem to double every week. Since America is now expected to suffer the most casualties from COVID-19, I’d be… Read more

April 2, 2020

Editor’s Note:  Things have changed a lot since “Andy”, the atheist UCC minister, last wrote for the blog about his church’s nature-focused approach to Lent.  At that time, just a month ago, he was telling his congregation: “We’re leaving the bloody religion behind and luxuriating in the natural world.”  Little did he know that the natural world was bringing a plague our way. Needless to say, like all of us, and like most religious groups, he’s had to adapt to… Read more

March 30, 2020

By Linda LaScola, Editor My life has changed considerably over the past few weeks and I know yours has too – maybe more than mine. I’ve worked from home for years, planning market and public opinion research studies and then writing them up.  It’s only the actual conducting of interviews that sent me far and wide, familiarizing me with airports and hotels all over the country. These days, my main work is on this blog, which is all done at… Read more

March 26, 2020

Editor’s Note: Will ravages of the Covid-19 virus convince more people to give up on god and become atheists? Maybe, but I bet it will bring some people closer to the big guy too, because so often people like to think that being in good with power will help them steer clear of trouble.  It can happen in real life, so why not in religion? /Linda LaScola, Editor By David Madison Christianity’s debt to magical imagination When did belief in God… Read more

March 23, 2020

Editor’s Note:  Welcome to Part 2 of this Clergy Project member’s thinking on the weighty issue of religious belief. Anyone who left the clergy has given this subject a lot of thought. This guy lays it out pretty clearly and convincingly – and finds a  COVID-19 link too.  /Linda LaScola, Editor =============================== By Scott Stahlecker In an earlier post titled “The Troubling Mathematics of Belief” I emphasized that if we’re looking to find the truth to life we’ll never find… Read more

March 19, 2020

Editor’s Note: As I was reading through the comments on a recent NY Times article about the dreaded Coronavirus, one comment popped out that sounded like something The Rational Doubt Blog’s resident naturalist might say.  So I sent it to him as food for thought.  It worked! Chris Highland sat down and pumped out this lovely essay that calmed me down and cheered me up.  May it have a similar effect on you.  /Linda LaScola, Editor ============================= By Chris Highland… Read more

March 16, 2020

Editor’s Note: I knew I could count on TCP member, Bruce Gernecser to report on reactions to the Coronavirus in rural Ohio.  As it turns out, Bruce got all the fuel he needed with the Republican Governor’s church-friendly official statement on the virus.  I confirmed that the statement was still in effect on March 14th when this post, reprinted with permission from Bruce’s blog, went to press here on the Rational Doubt Blog.  Meanwhile, the Pope has cancelled live Holy… Read more

March 12, 2020

Editor’s Note: Last autumn, Alexis Record and Tom Rastrelli appeared together in one of many blog posts here that commemorated The Clergy Project’s 1000 Member Milestone. I thought they were a good example of the variety of religious backgrounds that people who leave religion come from. Now they are back together in what I think is even a more interesting way – a former fundamentalist reviewing the memoir of a former Catholic priest.  /Linda LaScola, Editor ============================ First, with permission… Read more

March 9, 2020

Editor’s Note: Did you know that New Testament scholar and TCP member, Bart Ehrman, received the “Emperor Has No Clothes” award from the Freedom From Religion Foundation?  I just learned it while perusing Bart’s Blog for posts to use here.  And it happened in 2014!  How could I miss such an event?  Don’t know, but will try to make up for it by posting his blog post that announces the honor and includes a YouTube of his acceptance speech.  It… Read more

March 5, 2020

Editor’s Note: This essay, originally published last summer in Debunking Christianity is especially relevant now, given that the Supreme Court is taking up the issue and President Trump has asked two liberal female justices to recuse themselves. /Linda LaScola, Editor ============================= By David Madison I was a teen-age Bible geek, way back in the 1950s, in rural northern Indiana. My devout mother was not a fundamentalist, however, so I escaped that infamy. Quite the contrary, even at that early age I… Read more

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