August 13, 2018

Editor’s Note: Clergy Project member, David Madison is on a roll during this hot, hot, summer season, with his second secular VBS story. This one is also geared more to adults than children. Who knew there was still so much to learn from the Bible? /Linda LaScola, Editor ====================== By David Madison It’s probably politically correct to call the earliest Christians a “breakaway Jewish sect,” but this is actually too polite. I prefer the word cult, and there are texts to… Read more

August 9, 2018

Editor’s Note:  Welcome back to VBS, Rational Doubt Blog style.  This year, we’re looking a whole new set of Bible stories, as told by Clergy Project members who have deep knowledge of the Bible.  In my case, growing up Catholic, I was spared much biblical interpretation and was instead steeped in Catechism.  I’m beginning to think I was lucky!  Some of these Bible stories are pretty scary. I’m glad that numerous TCP members have agreed to sort them out for… Read more

August 6, 2018

Editor’s Note: This blog post was written three years ago when the writer, a Clergy Project member, was still a pastor.  It was rough going for him, but he finally got out, went public and wrote about it here.  He wrote the post below, however, during a very different time, when he was suffering openly during a Sunday service that he was leading.  I’m glad those days are over and hope that pastors going through something similar right now can… Read more

August 2, 2018

Editor’s Note: So let’s say there’s not a Christian god, or a Zeus or a Great Spirit, etc. But there could still be something out there, right? Perhaps there’s a god that scientists haven’t discovered — yet.  /Linda LaScola, Editor ================== By David Madison Science writer Timothy Ferris has fantasized about an atlas of the entire Milky Way Galaxy. What would it look like? If each star system—with all of its planets—were summarized in just one page, he points out… Read more

July 30, 2018

Editor’s Note: Recently, President Trump asked attendees of a VFW meeting not to trust their own eyes and ears:  “Just remember,” President Trump said on Tuesday in Kansas City, Mo., “what you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening.” Although he regularly casts information that he doesn’t like as “fake news,” this latest exhortation was more blatant and more dangerous. He’s telling people not to believe their own eyes.  It’s crazy, and, as Clergy Project member and best-selling author Bart… Read more

July 26, 2018

Editor’s Note: The first time I read the Ten Commandments carefully, about 13 years ago, I was appalled to realize that the first four focused on who’s in charge: I am the Lord thy God, thou shalt have no other gods before me.  Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain. Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy.  Why did the most powerful being in the… Read more

July 23, 2018

Editor’s Note: Here’s a Q & A between a regular Rational Doubt contributor and a regular Rational Doubt commenter – on one of my favorite religious subjects – Catholicism.  I ever cease to be amazed at how much misunderstanding other Christians have about the religion of my youth.  This will clear up some of the confusion – at least from the perspective of a fundamentalist pastor who eventually becomes atheist!  This is reprinted with permission from his blog. / Linda LaScola, Editor… Read more

July 19, 2018

Editor’s Note: Ever since visiting the Grand Canyon, I wondered how creationists explained the numerous signs there that describe an ancient earth. You will understand after reading this. You’ll also understand what we need to do to stop poisoning young minds with creationists’ regressive beliefs.  We welcome this second postby an almost Clergy Project member, who dodged the bullet by dropping out of seminary to attend law school. / Linda LaScola, Editor ==================== By Luke Douglas I was a new… Read more

July 16, 2018

Editor’s Note: As we know from recent posts, this Clergy Project member has gone from evangelical pastor to accidental humanist. It turns out he’s been flying the whole time. Where or why, it’s sometimes hard to say. But he’s enjoying the ride.   /Linda LaScola, Editor =================== By Fresh LA Philosophically speaking, like Icarus of old, I’ve experienced both the thrill of flight and the pain of falling. Nonetheless, despite potentially crashing, I still love the thrill of risk-taking. To be honest, I’m… Read more

July 12, 2018

Editor’s Note: This careful reading of a famous 20thcentury social critic’s words makes a strong case for his posthumous nomination to a very elite 21stcentury group.  /Linda LaScola, Editor =========================== By Chris Highland My wife Carol and I made a secular pilgrimage through the South this summer.  For us, a secular pilgrimage is an educational mixture of Nature, Civil War, Civil Rights and local brews.  It can be both delightful and disorienting—a creatively disturbing combination. You may be familiar with… Read more

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