September 20, 2019

Editor’s Note: In this post, the original secret Clergy Project Forum Moderators celebrate TCP’s 1000 milestone.  I asked them to address the following issues relating to their early involvement: How you got involved; what was it like working on this new idea; how you felt then, how you feel now; what opening day of the secret blog was like; how your activity/interest changed over time; your thoughts on the group now having 1000 participants. Here are their responses.  /Linda LaScola,… Read more

September 18, 2019

By Linda LaScola Wow! I must say I never thought this day would come.  The Clergy Project, that I helped to found, along with Dan Dennett, Richard Dawkins, Dan Barker, Carter Warden (formerly known as “Adam Mann”) and “Chris”, now has 1000 participants. This comes after starting as a private website in 2011 with 52 people, where non-believing clergy could converse with each other. To them, it was a way to share their stories, and to find camaraderie, solace and practical… Read more

September 16, 2019

Editor’s Note:  When this blog post first appeared on the Rational Doubt blog over four years ago, it caused quite a stir among readers.  While the Bible hasn’t changed, and never will, attitudes about homophobia and many other things are changing.  This is thanks to the new leadership in the US, which depends greatly on support from religious fundamentalists. This merits another look at the ongoing issue of homophobia –in the Bible and in our lives. /Linda LaScola, Editor =============================== By “Andy” While… Read more

September 12, 2019

Editor’s Note: This best selling New Testament scholar and professor and original Clergy Project member impresses me again.  This time, it’s with his desire to know more – not just about his own field, but all sorts of other things. Just reading about it makes me want to expand my horizons – or take a long nap.  Not sure which.  Maybe both. /Linda LaScola, Editor ================= By Bart Ehrman I am constantly awed by some fellow scholars, who have not… Read more

September 9, 2019

Editor’s Note:  Here, one of The Clergy Project’s earliest members tackles a question I have often wrestled with:  What’s up with liberal Christians? I hope we get some responses to these well-formulated thoughts from some current and former liberal Christians in the comments section. /Linda LaScola, Editor =============================== By Bruce Gerencser An increasing number of Evangelicals find themselves emotionally, theologically, and politically at odds with Evangelical Christianity. And it’s not just people in the pews either. Evangelical pastors, evangelists, missionaries,… Read more

September 5, 2019

Editor’s Note:  Pretty soon, no one knows exactly when, there will be 1000 members of The Clergy Project! Current count is 994. Here on the Rational Doubt blog, on that soon but uncertain day, we will mark the occasion with posts from multiple Clergy Project members, but it will start with a post from me. The current post is a preview, from TCP’s President, reposted with permission from The Clergy Project’s public site. If you’re a religious professional who does not hold supernatural beliefs,… Read more

September 2, 2019

***ATTENTION*** This is the same as the post published earlier today, except that this one has comments enabled.  Technical snafu – sorry for the confusion. Editor’s Note: With Labor day, comes the end of summer and thus the end of Vacation Bible School. It seems like the memories of VBS  that stick the most involve Kool-Aid and cookies.  Still, the stories are memorable, too and the 21stcentury, secular twists on them are priceless!  This lesson has been published for VBS… Read more

September 2, 2019

  **ATTENTION READERS** Please disregard this post and see an identical post, just online at 1:55 pm 9/9/19 with with comments enabled.  Sorry for the confusion Editor’s Note: With Labor day, comes the end of summer and thus the end of Vacation Bible School. It seems like the memories of VBS  that stick the most involve Kool-Aid and cookies.  Still, the stories are memorable, too and the 21stcentury, secular twists on them are priceless!  This lesson has been published for VBS… Read more

August 29, 2019

Editor’s Note:  Here is the promised review of the book mentioned in the previous post.  Written by Dennett-LaScola Pilot Study participant, then known only as “Wes the Methodist”, it demonstrates another way that the thinking of a clergy person who does not hold supernatural beliefs can evolve.  Thanks to Alexis Record for writing another thoughtful book review and for agreeing to keep “Wes’s” real identity a secret until the review was published. /Linda LaScola, Editor ===================== By Alexis Record What did… Read more

August 26, 2019

Editor’s Introduction: Soon, the Rational Doubt blog will review Zero Theology, a book written by a participant in the original 2010 Dennett-LaScola pilot study, Preachers who are not Believers.  In that article, he was called “Wes the Methodist”- one of three liberal Christians who participated in the initial study along with two fundamentalists.  While I’ve kept in touch with “Wes” over the years, he has kept a low prolife.  He is one of three of the eventual 27 clergy participants… Read more

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