April 8, 2021

Editor’s Note:  “Life of Brian” became one of my favorite films when I first watched it about 10 years ago.  Before that, I had avoided seeing any Monty Python films after seeing one in which human waste was being pushed over castle walls to ward off the enemy.   Funny in its own way, I guess, but nothing I ever wanted to see, not to mention to pay money for. I finally watched “Life of Brian” as an antidote for Easter,… Read more

April 5, 2021

Editor’s Note: This post is very appropriate, given the recent Gallup poll showing that U.S. church membership has fallen below 50% for the first time.  People are getting tired, or uninterested, or whatever, in God’s demands.  The post also references the Old Testament Elijah story, which I read for the first time while rehearsing the Mendelssohn Oratorio.  A beautiful piece of music, it’s a gruesome story of starvation and death at the hands of a very angry and vengeful Jehovah…. Read more

April 1, 2021

By Linda LaScola, Editor Looking at my Easter music post from last year, I see that the focus was on how different life was, responding to the COVID pandemic.   I said: “I am really, really, missing Easter this year.  I know I’m not the only one, but I may be one of the few atheists to feel this way. Anyone who has read this blog with any regularity knows that I’m a big fan of classical church music and that… Read more

March 29, 2021

Editor’s Note: Here we are in another Christian Holy Week filled with the usual observations of the triumphal Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday’s foot washing ceremony and Good Friday’s reenactment of the Crucifixion of Jesus. This year, continuing pandemic restrictions mutes these ceremonies, which makes many Christians very sad.  Personally, I only miss the wonderful, plaintive Good Friday music usually offered at the National Cathedral and the equally wonderful festive Easter music that can be heard in any Christian church.  The… Read more

March 25, 2021

Editor’s Note: Jeremiah Johnson, the pastor who got it wrong about Trump’s re-election, has already set out on a new scam. Readers here should know about it, even though you’d never fall for it. /Linda LaScola, Editor ========================== By David Madison  “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.” So said John the Baptist when he spotted Jesus heading toward him, according to the opening chapter of John’s gospel (v. 29). This gospel was written… Read more

March 22, 2021

Editor’s Note:  The New Testament scholar and Clergy Project member certainly had no idea that a short while after reposting this commentary on Jesus’ sexuality on his blog, there would be a shooting done by a Christian self-professed sex addict.  Anyone can have a sex addiction, but evangelical Christians tend to feel guiltier about it and – turn to murdering women?  The writer also criticizes inaccuracies in the bestselling novel, The Da Vinci Code. Still, unlike the Bible, it’s classified as… Read more

March 18, 2021

Editor’s Note:  Like all writers, atheist or otherwise, they write because they have something they think needs to be said.  They write to express their creativity. They write because they can’t not write.  Unless they are already established authors or employed in journalism, they don’t continue writing for compensation – though they may hope for recognition or notoriety.  Such is the case with the many former-clergy writers of my acquaintance, including the one below, who is very deserving of his… Read more

March 15, 2021

Editor’s Note:  This was originally part of a 2014 series on Fundamentalism.  It’s by a former Southern Baptist minister who still peppers his writing with Bible verse. The difference is, that now he is using them to question religion, not defend it. He’s out of the ministry but still protecting his identity. Though he and many others have come a long way since this was written, it still bothers me that so many people still believe the way he describes… Read more

March 11, 2021

Editor’s Note: Another blast from the past, the following post was reprinted with permission from Clergy Project member and former pastor, Jim Mulholland. It’s a topic that has gained even more relevance since it was first published here in October 2014, shortly after this blog started.  Now there are more humanist communities popping up, as well as humanist student groups that provide the kind of social setting previously only afforded by religious institutions.  Now you don’t have to believe –… Read more

March 8, 2021

 Editor’s Note: Here is a blast from the past – an essay first posted here in May of 2014, demonstrating some of the differences between liberal and fundamentalist clergy.  These differences persist seven years later. In fact, I’d say they are more pronounced, as fundamentalism has become more entrenched in the US.  This is thanks to our recent past President, who while not professing any fundamentalist beliefs (I think he’s an atheist), has successfully used them to his own nefarious… Read more

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