July 22, 2019

Editors Note: This 20thcentury religion seems a lot worse than the most oppressive forms of Christianity, though they have a lot in common. /Linda LaScola ========================= By Bob Ripley I watched director Alex Gibney’s Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief. This 2015 two-hour documentary is loosely based on Lawrence Wright’s book of the same name. Going Clear uses archival clips and interviews with eight former Scientologists such as screenwriter Paul Haggis (who first joined the church in my city,… Read more

July 18, 2019

Editor’s Note: This Clergy Project member reminds us of how a mere change of clothes can change us in our own eyes and in the eyes of the people around us. It’s an experience most of us have had, clergy or not. /Linda LaScola, Editor ========================= By David Mercer In the past few years, I’ve gone from preacher to teacher to deli worker.  I know it shouldn’t matter, but I was embarrassed by how different I look in the mirror… Read more

July 15, 2019

Editor’s Note: It’s not just part of the US electorate that wonders why the other part doesn’t seem to accept science; biblical scholars are wondering about it too.  Well, maybe not all biblical scholars, but certainly those who are members of The Clergy Project, like the best-selling author and New Testament professor writing here.  /Linda LaScola, Editor =====================  By Bart Ehrman We appear to be living in an age where science no longer matters.  As you may know, the English… Read more

July 11, 2019

Editor’s Note:  Yes, David, there are “normal” Christians; they just don’t pay much attention to the details of their religion, that you obviously know a lot about. If they thought more about these things, a lot more of them might leave, just as you did. /Linda LaScola, Editor ======================== Or do they? By David Madison Am I allowed to indulge my fantasy that there are normal Christians? By which I mean folks who love their families, go to work every day, plan their… Read more

July 8, 2019

Editor’s Note: I’m so happy to reprint this article (with permission) from the current edition of FreeThought Today, published monthly by the Freedom from Religion Foundation, Inc. My colleague, Dan Dennett, wrote this for it’s most recent edition. It’s an update on the play we’ve been working on, which I’ve previously written about here. Now you can hear about it from the guy who made it happen, thanks to an insight from his wife.  /Linda LaScola, Editor ========================= By Daniel C. Dennett… Read more

July 4, 2019

Hello, everyone.  Here I am in hot, muggy Washington, DC, ready for another hot, muggy Fourth of July.  I’ve experienced many, but nothing quite like this one, taken over by Trump’s obsession with the military. Usually I’m deciding whether or not to go downtown based on the weather report.  This year, I’m studiously avoiding looking like a Trump supporter.  It shouldn’t be too hard.  There should be plenty of protestors and I hear that USS John McCain hats will be… Read more

July 1, 2019

Editor’s Note: Going out on a date with a new person can be rough under any circumstances. It gets even harder when you’re a gay guy open to dating a religious guy. /Linda LaScola ======================== By Fernando Alcántar I went out on a date the other day–yup, with a guy. I know, scandalous. The Starbucks wasn’t the most romantic location, and he wasn’t all that I was hoping for, but in times of crisis I decided I’d give him a chance…. Read more

June 27, 2019

Editor’s Note: Not all Evangelical Christians are extremists. At least that’s what they will tell you and what they believe themselves.  But you’ll learn something different if you confront them directly with their beliefs, as described below. /Linda LaScola ======================== By Bruce Gerencser I often write about the extreme right of Evangelicalism, the end of the Evangelical spectrum inhabited by churches and sects that nice, friendly Evangelicals like to call fundamentalist nut jobs. However, as I clearly show in my post… Read more

June 24, 2019

Editor’s Note: This post is a lot more than a walk in the park in beautiful Italy.  It’s a journey through the most trying moments of this Clergy Project member’s life’s and his decision to live life fully. You need to read it.  /Linda LaScola, Editor ==================== I’m sitting on a park bench in Positano, Italy. I’m told it’s the crown jewel of the Amalfi coast, and I tend to believe it. It’s stunning, breathtaking, awe-inspiring — all the words…. Read more

June 20, 2019

Editor’s Note: Even though this Clergy Project member writes very well, it’s sometimes hard for me to revisit his past melancholy and conflicted days as a Methodist minister. Please read this thoughtful piece and offer your own thoughts about his predicament.  I will say, that it’s quite a relief to know that he’s finally out of it. Hopefully clergy still in similar positions can see from this that change is possible. /Linda LaScola, Editor ===================== By David Mercer I wrote… Read more

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