February 4, 2021

Editor’s Note:  QAnon again!  As more is known about QAnon and specifically about the its role in the insurrection at the US Capitol, it appears that we’ll learn more than we ever expected about the breadth of its influence. How could something like QAnon happen?  Then again, how could a sweet 2000-year-old story about a savior born to a virgin cause so much trouble in modern times? /Linda LaScola, Editor ======================== By David Madison We’re Still in Deep Trouble “Jesus 2020”… Read more

February 1, 2021

Editor’s Note: The author, a long-term Clergy Project member, has an intriguing view of Q-Anon.  Instead of focusing on its strong parallels with religion (as I do, which is why I’ve asked non-believing clergy to write about it), he focuses on its differences.  I can’t wait to get readers’ take on it! /Linda LaScola, Editor ==================== By John Lombard QAnon has dominated the news recently. Wild conspiracy claims that the Democratic Party is running child sex rings, lead by Satan-worshiping… Read more

January 28, 2021

Editor’s Note: Unfortunately, hatred in the name of religion is a recurring theme, recently heard during the 1/6/21 insurrection at the US Capitol. According to Christian writer, David French, some Trump supporters there were carrying a cross, praising Jesus and blaring Christian hymns on a loudspeaker.  French was appalled, betting that: “…most of my readers would instantly label the exact same event Islamic terrorism if Islamic symbols filled the crowd, if Islamic music played in the loudspeakers, and if members… Read more

January 25, 2021

Editor’s Note: While aware of Q-Anon, it’s only since the Capitol insurrection that I took careful note of it and found it astoundingly like fundamentalist Christianity.  Thus, I’ve asked some regular Rational Doubt contributors to write about it from their perspective as non-believing clergy.  This is the first one. /Linda LaScola, Editor =========================== By Chris Highland Hey, nonny, nonny:  “a nonsense refrain popular in English music during the Elizabethan era.” (sung in Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing”) One of my… Read more

January 21, 2021

Editor’s Note: Not surprisingly, this formerly fundamentalist, turned liberal Christian minister, turned atheist and Clergy Project member was appalled by the Capitol insurrection last week. He’s probably also not surprised that the weird-looking Viking guy said a “prayer” from the dais of the briefly-captured Senate Chamber. Leave it to the wackos to assume that God is on their side. By the time you read this, Joe Biden will be safely installed as US president, resuming a long, briefly interrupted, line… Read more

January 18, 2021

By David Madison Editor’s Note: There has been a tsunami of articles about screwed up religious beliefs and practices relating to the US Capitol insurrection.  This blog post, by a Clergy Project member, and originally posted on Debunking Christianity, represents them well.   For even more, click here, here and here. /Linda LaScola, Editor ========================== What can happen when a prophet gets it wrong The Prophet Jeremiah—not the one in the Old Testament—but the Prophet Jeremiah Johnson of North Carolina appears to… Read more

January 14, 2021

Editor’s Note: Good question, Bart, especially as Americans are suffering one way or another from the effects of the outgoing Trump presidency. Of course, Ehrman is referring to suffering as it is portrayed in The New Testament, which is his academic specialty.  He did a series on the subject on his blog in December 2020.  This is the last of the series (reposted with permission), which also serves as a teaser to read the whole series, available to members of… Read more

January 11, 2021

Editor’s Note:  While there are many accounts of the recent horrible events at the US Capitol, this may be the only one you read that was written by a former evangelical pastor. I’ve excised information that you’ve probably heard 100 times by now, in order to place more emphasis on the writer’s insights. His account is excellent – and scary! /Linda LaScola, Editor ======================= By Bruce Gerencser Much like every thinking American, I was struck with horror as the supporters… Read more

January 7, 2021

By Linda LaScola, Editor Were you glued to the tube yesterday?  I was. https://www.washingtonpost.com It was hard to believe what was happening at the Capitol, even though our soon-to-be-gone President certainly encouraged such bad behavior – officially questioning the outcome of the presidential election, which he lost, fair and square. The US Capitol is not just a building across town, four miles from my home. It’s where I worked as a tour guide for five years while attending graduate school. … Read more

January 4, 2021

Editor’s Note: Even those who haven’t recently attended holiday services (virtual or in-person) may have noticed an increase in Biblical verse quotes over the past month.  They come with the season. But truly, it seems like there are Biblical verses for every season of the year and every occasion.  The Bible seems to always have a relevant verse at hand, or does it? /Linda LaScola, Editor =========================== By Chris Highland Without a manual, could Faith function or Religion run? Manual… Read more

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