January 20, 2020

By Linda LaScola, Editor This past Saturday I attended the “Celebration of Life” of the brother of an old friend of mine.  I’d only met the brother once, but I’d heard about him often from my friend and more recently as he suffered multiple setbacks with various forms of cancer. I always intended to go to the funeral.  It was a no-brainer.  The family lived locally and I knew my friend would appreciate the support.  What I didn’t expect was… Read more

January 16, 2020

Editor’s Note: I believed in miracles when I was a kid, but I never saw one and never expected to. It seemed like they were only supposed to happen in Bible stories or to peasant children in other countries. This meant people like me were definitely not in the running. I do recall not being impressed with the Doubting Thomas story, mentioned below. It didn’t seem like asking too much to see the risen Christ’s wounds. I think we’d be… Read more

January 13, 2020

Editor’s Note:  It’s been a while since we did a post on Baptism, possibly since 2014 when Mason Lane wrote a hilarious piece about his fundamentalist upbringing, which necessitated a full dunking for soul cleansing to take effect. I was just rereading it, when the current post popped up in my in-basket. This  post is not hilarious, but it does describe more typical, fearful motivations to be baptized. It has a happy ending, though, which might make you eager to take… Read more

January 9, 2020

Editor’s Note: Although members of The Clergy Project have much to regret about their careers in ministry, there are happy times to look back on as well.  Seminary, for instance, isn’t all about learning philosophy and Biblical history.  Like any grad school experience, there’s often liberal libations involved.  /Linda LaScola, Editor =========================== By Chris Highland Fridays were all about TGIF under the bell tower of Geneva Hall before we herded everyone, students and faculty, down the hill to the tiny apartment… Read more

January 6, 2020

Editor’s Note: Hello, All, The Rational Doubt Blog has ended its annual lighthearted holiday content and is back into the real world. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, the world has gotten worse over the past few weeks, thanks to our belligerent, fact-repellent President and his congressional supporters. However, many readers and contributors here once believed a lot of things that they have since decided have no basis in fact. You’ve changed, I know. So have I. Although I was always a… Read more

January 1, 2020

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December 26, 2019

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December 25, 2019

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! From good Santa, Baby Deniz, Bad Santa and crying baby too!   ==================================================   >>>Photo Credits:  http://denizcemonduygu.com/blog/2009/04/early-christmas-2/#sthash.sIDkazvG.dpuf <a href=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/oufoufsworld/4179976696/”>Joeckingham</a> via <a href=”http://photopin.com”>photopin</aref=”http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/”>cc</a – See more at: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/rationaldoubt/2014/12/bad-santa-day-4/#sthash.A6coOzj1.dpuf Read more

December 24, 2019

The Christmas Season is here again! We hope you enjoy this re-working of the Twelve Days of Christmas by Catherine Dunphy.  Incidentally, this version has been republished in a book by Gerry Bowler, and Oxford University Press called Christmas in the Crosshairs.   The Twelve Days of Christmas On the 1st day of Christmas my true love gave to me Dawkins Christmas Tree. On the 2nd day of Christmas my true love gave to me, 2 Trilobite fossils, and Dawkins… Read more

December 18, 2019

Editor’s Note: I don’t mean to depress you at this traditionally joyous time of year.  Or maybe I do.  While my own life is going along just fine at the moment, I can’t help but be depressed about the mess the US is in with the impeachment trial looming and Trump acting crazier every day.  Maybe this is ultimately a good thing, in that he will leave the oval office as officially mentally deranged, if not criminal.  Or maybe not. … Read more

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