September 16, 2021

Editor’s Note: Hello! The Rational Doubt Blog is back — with one of the things it does best: featuring Clergy Project members.  In this case, a member reviews a book that another member wrote.  May you enjoy the book as much as you enjoy this excellent review of it.  /Linda LaScola, Editor ========================== By Alexis Record Ten Things Christians Wish Jesus Hadn’t Taught: And Other Reasons to Question His Words by David Madison is a well-reasoned missive that doesn’t back down…. Read more

July 11, 2021

Editor’s Special Note: You may have noticed the blog has been featuring a lot of “oldies but goodies” lately.  The purpose of that is twofold: to lighten my load and to honor the past before the changes that are coming to the blog in the near future.  Soon, this blog, while continuing to feature members of The Clergy Project, will feature a new editor: Charles Hill, Chair of the TCP Communications Committee.  It will also feature a format that will… Read more

July 8, 2021

Editor’s Note: In a book store for the first time in over a year, I came upon a book about getting your religion back and thought it would be perfect for Alexis Record to review for the blog.  I was right; except it turns out she prefers a conversation to a book review.  /Linda LaScola, Editor ============================== By Alexis Record Forget my usual book review format; let’s have a whole conversation about Faith After Doubt: Why Your Beliefs Stopped Working… Read more

July 5, 2021

Editor’s Note: Tired of doom and gloom?  I am.  Unfortunately, there’s a lot of doom and gloom out there, that I can’t stop reading or thinking about.  However, I CAN stop writing about it.  So here’s a lovely nature piece, originally featured in 2015 before things went to hell (Oh, sorry – the urge to catastrophize is hard to quell.)  Anyhow, hope you enjoy this pleasant Independence Day, long weekend diversion. /Linda LaScola, Editor ============================ By Chris Highland                                       “[You ask]… Read more

July 2, 2021

By Linda LaScola, Editor 7/2/21 update:  This is what’s known in the blogging world as an “evergreen post” – one that maintains its freshness over time. It came to mind because of all the horrible recent events – the fires and heat wave in the west; the Florida condo collapse – and what seems to be a natural desire for people to ascribe their good luck to supernatural forces, while discounting the bad luck of others.  We’ve been discussing it… Read more

July 1, 2021

Editor’s Note: There are probably plenty of people wondering about God’s presence during tragedies since the collapse of the apartment building in Florida.  Was it a miracle for the few who survived or simply were not there that night? If so, were the other cursed? How does God fit in to the whole thing? People who are determined to believe will try to figure it out and even if they can’t, most of them will still believe. Some residents who… Read more

June 28, 2021

By Linda LaScola, Editor Please watch this 30 minute video: It was made a few days ago by Dave Warnock, Clergy Project member and Rational Doubt blog writer who was last featured here in 2019 when he wrote about the joys of travel since his diagnosis of ALS. Here are a few excerpts from that post, written from Positano on the Amalfi cost of Italy: “To all the people walking past me in this paradise, I look normal. Healthy. But… Read more

June 24, 2021

 Editor’s Note:  Here’s an extremely poignant example of the kind of pain this and other clergy experience as they try to preach the gospel and comfort their congregation at the same time.  It was written in 2014 when he was immersed in the turmoil of preaching while no longer believing – trying to comfort his flock while feeling incredibly uncomfortable himself. Thank goodness those days are over for him.  /Linda LaScola, Editor  ========================= By David Mercer There’s a story of… Read more

June 21, 2021

Editor’s Note: I found this accidently, by going way, way, back in Bruce Gerencser’s Blog looking for some of his earliest writings as an atheist.  What I found is something that rarely happens – a minister telling people openly that he left the ministry because he no longer believes.  Most slip away quietly – either because they want to or because they are strongly encouraged to leave quietly by others who have left.  Society is still not at the point… Read more

June 17, 2021

Editor’s Note: I read this with amazement and great interest, and think you will too. With amazement, because I somehow always figured that such a fine scholar as Bart Ehrman would not have chance, not to mention tragedy, as major factors in his academic success. With great interest, because he is such an expressive writer and because it made me think about how so much of life is an accident – even life itself.  In terms of career issues, it… Read more

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