July 9, 2020

Editor’s Note: In this thought-provoking post, the author tells me that he was looking for a way to inspire former pastors and current Christians to recognize that life provides many opportunities to make changes. It’s meant as an invitation for people to break the mold and change the course of their lives.  Note his use of the term “the watcher” — which is consciousness, but which Christians think of as the Holy Spirit.  I invite you – non-believers, believers and… Read more

July 6, 2020

Editor’s Note: This post, written by one of the few former “spiritualists” in The Clergy Project, helps explain how the concept of heaven is so fundamental to religion.  For me, after a while, the expectation of a contented and perpetual afterlife was all that held me to religion. I liked the idea of living forever and didn’t give much thought to how it would work out.  Also, I was sure I would go to heaven, even though I was no… Read more

July 2, 2020

Editor’s Note: I loved reading this because it gave me some insight into the Republican brain – you know, the brain that makes it hard for people to protect others from disease by wearing masks during a pandemic and the brain that continues supporting a madman. These issues are not addressed directly, but they are there.  See what you think. Helpful hint:  Whenever you see the word “faith” substitute “supporting Trump”. /Linda LaScola, Editor            … Read more

June 29, 2020

Editor’s Note: I’m eager to share with you my take on the fascinating podcast that Bart Campolo recently did with Bart Erhman.  Both Clergy project members, they have more in common than a first name and a change in beliefs. I originally noticed the podcast on Ehrman’s blog, along his commentary, which I’ve included here. I’ve also included my own commentary, in case you can’t immediately tune in to the podcast.  But you really should listen to it yourselves –… Read more

June 25, 2020

Editor’s Note: Leave it to a former Evangelical, turned atheist, to recognize an Evangelical response to COVID-19 and absolutely nail it.  Evangelical Christians are counting on God now, but if they get sick, they will gladly give the docs a crack at saving them. /Linda LaScola, Editor ============================= By Bruce Gerencser If it is God’s will that I get coronavirus, that is the will of the Almighty. I will not live in fear. — Robert Montanelli, Trump Rally Attendee in Tulsa,… Read more

June 22, 2020

Editor’s Note: You can practically taste the poignancy in this beautiful free-form poem inspired by recent and ongoing events. It’s author, who gave the blog permission to repost his poem here, also recently wrote a book about his experiences as a gay priest which was reviewed here on the Rational Doubt Blog.   The original formatting of the poem was unintentionally altered to fit this blog’s parameters.  The original can be seen here.  /Linda LaScola, Editor ** You are invited to an… Read more

June 18, 2020

Editor’s Note:  When this former preacher left his faith behind, he clearly maintained his ability to give a searing, secular sermon.  In this carefully crafted essay, he reminds us of what the USA purports to stand for and how it has systematically and continuously denied the less powerful among us. /Linda LaScola, Editor ========================== By RJ Twain You know what I miss most about Christianity? The do-over. No matter how badly we wreck our planet or hurt each other, God… Read more

June 15, 2020

Editor’s Note:  This former Seventh Day Adventist minister reminded me that his former religion has been expecting an apocalyptic event for over 100 years!  But, it’s fascinating to me how are they responding to it now that their dreams seem to be coming true. Lucky for us, this former Adventist is able to imagine addressing his former congregation as a humanist. /Linda LaScola, Editor =========================== By Scott Stahlecker Thirty-four years ago I resigned my position as an associate pastor of… Read more

June 11, 2020

Editor’s Note:  Here we get a taste of what this former minister would have preached about the pandemic at two different stages of his Christian beliefs: first as a conservative and then as a liberal Christian minister,who was struggling to believe.  Then he offers us some truly useful advice from a secular point of view. /Linda LaScola, Editor ========================= By David Mercer What kind of sermon would I have preached about the current pandemic? My old sermons come back to… Read more

June 8, 2020

Editor’s Note: When I asked Rational Doubt contributors to write a “pandemic” post in their voice at different stages of their religious belief, I wasn’t at all surprised that this ex-evangelical chose to preach from his fire-and-brimstone Bible-believing days.  The author tells me that this is best read imagining the voice of Burt Lancaster in “Elmer Gantry”.  Linda LaScola, Editor ======================= By Mason Lane Preacher: Welcome everyone to our worship service this beautiful and blessed Sunday! What a blessed congregation you… Read more

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