March 18, 2019

Editor’s Note: Talk about timely!  This post was sent to me unsolicited and just BEFORE the horrible mosque shootings in New Zealand.  Too often these days, we find ourselves preparing for devastating emergency situations, realizing the need to plan how to cooperate with people of different religious perspectives.  What keeps us from responding just as humans? Here are some unfortunately timely examples of how it’s possible to work together, irrespective of religion, when something bad is happening. Hopefully this kind of response can… Read more

March 14, 2019

Editor’s Note: Get ready — this Clergy Project member is really worked up and he’s full of facts – which certainly cannot be said about the subject of his criticism. /Linda LaScola, Editor ==================================== By David Madison It’s alive, potent, and dangerous It isn’t hard at all to come up with a hundred verses in the gospels and epistles that would shock Christians. We would hear, “How can that be?” or “Well, I don’t believe that!” or “That’s not part of… Read more

March 11, 2019

Editor’s Note:  Dan Barker has written yet another book!  Alexis Record writes yet another lively review! C.S. Lewis rolls over in his grave! /Linda LaScola, Editor ============================ By Alexis Record Dan Barker once saved a baby. Now he has written a book about morality. Okay, I’m listening. Barker, previously known to me only as “Annie Laurie Gaylor’s husband”, has been a treasure in my journey out of arrant indoctrination. I came up from beneath an all-encompassing sea of religious faith… Read more

March 7, 2019

Editor’s Note: I’m so glad to hear from this former Methodist Clergy Project member. He addresses the kinds of issues I’ve been thinking about since the worldwide United Methodist Church voted to exclude openly LGBTQ members. This post makes a case for why liberal Christianity won’t survive unless its proponents drastically change their thinking – and their expectations of “God.”  I hope they are paying attention. /Linda LaScola, Editor ========================= By Paul Adams I used to work for a number… Read more

March 4, 2019

Editor’s Note: This is a new one on me!  I didn’t realize that fundamentalist Christian men were so restricted in their relationships with women.  Maybe that’s because so many guys don’t follow the rules. Obviously, the Clergy Project member writing this was a “better Christian” than the ones I’d been hearing about  — until he left, that is, and recognized how rich relationships with women could be without all the crazy rules. /Linda LaScola, Editor ================================= By Bruce Gerencser I… Read more

February 28, 2019

Editor’s Note: Our resident book reviewer brings a light touch to the weighty topic of free will, tempered by a helping of jazz and nacho fries. Hopefully this will help you understand it, at last. /Linda LaScola, Editor ========================= By Alexis Record Okay Dan Barker, I’m prepared to get Free Will Explained to me. I thought I was predestined to re-watch One Day at a Time tonight while eating nacho fries, but here we are. I already have quite a bit of… Read more

February 25, 2019

Editor’s Note: Fundamentalist Christian thinking gets bashed again in this post written by a Clergy Project member who is also a highly respected New Testament scholar.The following is reprinted with permission from his blog. ============================== By Bart Ehrman I’ve been looking for a scrappy question to tangle with, and I just received one! QUESTION: You make the case that we do not have the original New Testament manuscripts.  In fact, we do not have any complete manuscripts of books that eventually… Read more

February 21, 2019

Editor’s Note: We continue looking at former Christians’ various views of Christianity by considering the “secular Jesus” from the viewpoint of a former fundamentalist preacher.  If nothing else, this series  of posts shows that there could be as many different views among non-believers as there are among believing Christians.  To me it says something pretty mundane and not even religion related: People are different. We often change over time and we will express our changing views if we are free to do… Read more

February 18, 2019

Editor’s Note: I asked “Andy,” an active United Church of Christ minister and Clergy Project member,  to help inform blog readers who come from fundamentalist branches of Christianity about “liberal” religion.  It’s obvious that there is a big lack of understanding between the groups. I find it interesting that former fundamentalists/now atheists often chide the liberals for not following Christianity properly – as if there is only one right way of practicing the religion that they have determined is wrong. … Read more

February 14, 2019

Editor’s Note: I’m not at all surprised that Part I of this series riled up some strong atheist sentiment. I think many atheists are where a lot of religious people were a few years ago: eager to take on the wrong-believers.  Perhaps the religious apologists settled down because they’ve found that it’s an unfair battle: atheists have better ammunition. Could “freethinkers” have an even better way – ending the battle? Read on./ Linda LaScola, Editor ========================== By Chris Highland I receive… Read more

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