Women in Secularism Conference – With Voices from Women Clergy

This past weekend, I was in Arlington VA, speaking at and attending the fourth Women in Secularism conference, sponsored by The Center for Inquiry (CFI). It was a rousing affair with spirited talks and panel discussions featuring secular luminaries such as Maryam Namazie, Sarah Haider (both speaking about Islam), Robyn Blumner (CEO of the Richard [Read More…]

Women Beyond Belief – A Book Review

Editor’s Note: Here’s another excellent review by Alexis Record, who keeps up with secular literature and is kind enough to share her reading experiences with us. I wish I had read this book when I was interviewing non-believing clergy. It would have confirmed what I was finding – all deconversion stories are not alike. Why [Read More…]

Beyond the Trumpery: A True, Progressive, Freethought Candidate

Editor’s Note: Many thanks to frequent contributor, Chris Highland, for bringing both levity and gravity into this horrendous US presidential campaign season. ======================= trumpery (Webster’s): worthless nonsense; from the Middle French tromper, meaning “to deceive”; synonyms: balderdash, baloney, blah-blah, blarney, blather, blatherskite, blither, bosh, bull [slang], bunk, bunkum (or buncombe), claptrap, codswallop [British], crapola [slang], [Read More…]

Is Religious Humility Possible?

Editor’s Note: We’ve all heard claims of religious humility and maybe even seen examples of it. This poster, however, makes a case for humility and religiosity being mutually exclusive. ====================== By Jim Mulholland While I’ve met many humble people who happened to be religious, I can’t remember ever meeting a strongly religious person who was [Read More…]

How I Answer Theistic Arguments For the Existence of a God

Editor’s Note: Sounds like this Clergy Project writer has no problem with people in the “in-between” space of religious belief described in the last post. It’s those damned fundamentalists who screw things up! He ought to know – he used to be one. Here he shows us how he straightens them out. [Reposted with permission [Read More…]

Where are Gretta Vosper’s Clergy Defenders?

As you may have heard by now, Clergy Project member, Rational Doubt contributor and United Church of Canada minister, Gretta Vosper, has been recommended by her denomination as “not suitable to continue in ordained ministry” i.e., she should be defrocked. It’s a well-known story in Christian and atheist circles. You can read about it here [Read More…]

Review: Ten Tough Problems in Christian Thought and Belief

Editor’s Note: Here is the promised review of Clergy Project member David Madison’s new book, by Clergy Project member Alexis Record. We certainly have talented people in The Clergy Project, don’t we? ====================== By Alexis Record Ten Tough Problems in Christian Thought and Belief is a first-time compendium on the subject from scholar, and former [Read More…]

Living Between Belief and Unbelief

Editor’s Note: Elizabeth gamely takes on what it means to her to dwell somewhere between religious belief and nonbelief. It seems to me to be a hard, complicated place to be. Maybe not a “place” at all, but I think a lot of people are there, or at least spent some time there before moving [Read More…]

Brian, Like Christ, Has Eternal Life

Editor’s Note: Now, for a little levity, we turn to “The Life of Brian” – that wonderful satirical movie of the Life of Christ. Not being a Monty Python fan, I didn’t see it when it first came out in. But I made a point of watching it in 2006 – the first Christmas that [Read More…]

The God Who Takes His Own Sweet Time

Editor’s Note: As we head into the more serious pursuits of autumn, we’re taking a look at the Bible for what it really is, instead of pointing out how wrong it is, as we did in Vacation Bible School. In this excerpt from his new book, Ten Tough Problems in Christian Thought and Belief: A [Read More…]