November 14, 2019

Editor’s Note: Amazing – I just learned about books written by a non-believing former minister whom I’ve never heard of before!  I even checked on The Clergy Project website and his books are not listed there.  They should be – they certainly fit the bill.  One is titled Four Disturbing Questions with One Simple Answer: Breaking the Spell of Christian Belief and another is How to Live a Meaningful Life: Focusing on Things that Matter. This blog post is a review… Read more

November 11, 2019

Editor’s Note: Now seems like a good time, right before the Trump impeachment hearings go public, to suggest to his most ardent followers, Evangelical Christians, that they may be over-estimating their own worth.  Perhaps it will start them thinking that they have way over-estimated the worth of the current occupant of the Oval Office. No one can make the case more strongly than a former Evangelical pastor turned atheist. /Linda LaScola, Editor ==================== By Bruce Gerencser According to the Bible,… Read more

November 7, 2019

Editor’s Note: Here is a truly heartwarming story about how six Clergy Project members found themselves at the same gathering.  By the writer’s description, it had as much or more “spirit” as any church service he’d ever attended – and all without a hint of supernatural forces. /Linda LaScola, Editor ============================= By Carter Warden As some of you may know I have been closely following and encouraging others to follow Dave Warnock’s “Dying Out Loud” tour and message. Dave is… Read more

November 4, 2019

Editor’s Note: The Rational Doubt Blog is completing its “TCP 1000 Member Milestone” series with an essay from Bart Ehrman, one of The Clergy Project’s original and best-known members. I first heard of him in 2005, well before TCP’s founding, when he wrote the bestselling book, Misquoting Jesus. I later met him at the 2011 American Humanist Conference, when he was receiving the organization’s Religious Liberty Award. He helped me find and properly approach seminary professors to be interviewed in… Read more

October 31, 2019

Editor’s Note: I have reposted many, many of Bruce Gerencser’s posts from his blog.  This is the first one he wrote primarily for the Rational Doubt blog, and at my request. It is also posted, with a few changes, on his blog, “The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser:  One Man’s Journey from Eternity to Here”. Thank you, Thank you, Bruce.  Your perspective on The Clergy Project is essential to the 1000 Milestone celebration. /Linda LaScola, Editor ====================== By Bruce… Read more

October 28, 2019

Editor’s Note: I didn’t tell Andy this (until now, assuming he’s reading), but he was the last person I interviewed in the Dennett-LaScola study of non-believing clergy.  It was in June of 2011, just a few months after The Clergy Project had opened its public website.  Meanwhile, as Andy told me and recounts below, one day while surfing the web, he learned about The Clergy Project and the clergy study at the same time – and got involved in both… Read more

October 24, 2019

Editor’s Note: I must admit that it still pains me to hear how religion has deeply hurt some very good people. For me, religion was a pleasant, unobtrusive aspect of my life that gently dissipated as I grew up.  For others, who dedicate their lives to it, religion can become a huge deadweight. Thanks to Dawkins and Barker for creating the idea of The Clergy Project, an organization that gives comfort and hope to people like the good person writing here. … Read more

October 21, 2019

Editor’s Note: This Clergy Project member came out in grand fashion – by writing a book after he retired from ministry. There were repercussions. He survived!  Linda LaScola, Editor ==================== By Bob Ripley It’s no fun being closeted. Whatever keeps you behind a closed door, whether it’s your sexuality or your secret, it is generally considered a good thing to come out.  Be who you are.  Be open.  Be honest.  Be authentic.  Celebrate who you are or, if it’s your… Read more

October 17, 2019

Editor’s Note: Today’s writer honoringThe Clergy Project’s 1000 milestone is one of the better known Clergy Project members.  This is not just because she’s written a book, With or Without God, that was a bestseller in Canada, but because she recently survived a heresy trial and continues as an atheist pastor in the United Church of Canada.  She is a natural preacher, as you will see below. /Linda LaScola, Editor ==================== By Gretta Vosper Remember when there was no one to talk… Read more

October 14, 2019

Editor’s Note: Get ready to hear the views of another big thinker.  He’d like to change the purposeful low profile of The Clergy Project to a more outreach-oriented organization.  This guy’s got vision and sees Milestone 1000 as a sign that The Clergy Project could be – and should be – much more than it is.   /Linda LaScola, Editor ======================= By John Lombard As The Clergy Project reaches the 1000 member mark, I’d like to take this opportunity not to… Read more

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