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Go to: Dawkins calls for 'Catholic' honesty

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Dear Professor Dawkins; As a former Roman Catholic Chaplain and member of the Clergy Project, let me say thank you for drawing attention to this persistent problem. Cultural catholics must awaken to the fact that their complacency is helping to sustain the Vatican and its medieval worldview that would leave us all subservient to antiquated theological musings.

Sat, 09 Jun 2012 01:48:55 UTC | #946482

Go to: [Update - WCTV Video] Teresa MacBain - coming out - American Atheists Conference March 26, 2012

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In response to your comment Quine, the goal of the Clergy Project is not to engage in atheist proselytizing or to de-convert Clergy that still fall on a believer spectrum. Rather, we want to make it know that, "a non-believing clergy community" exists and that we are here to support those active and former religious leaders who seek our help. I may be belabouring the point, but I do want to make it clear that all of our members concluded that atheism makes the most sense as a worldview through their own process and in their own time. We are confident that new members will seek us out as they discover us. When it comes to our members that are still active, as Teresa formerly was, we are working diligently to find ways to help them transition smoothy out of "religious life".

Fri, 30 Mar 2012 17:48:46 UTC | #931390

Go to: From Faith to Facts: Theology to Atheism an Unintended Outcome

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I want to thank everyone for their comments, they are much appreciated!

I also wanted to let you know that coming out as an atheist after spending so much of my time, energy and resources studying theology was really only made possible with the support of the community known as The Clergy Project. I have been a happy member of this group since its founding last year. I want to take this opportunity to thank all the members for their comments and courage: as well as the supporters of this project, such as RDF and FFRF for helping to make this community a reality.


Thu, 29 Mar 2012 13:08:11 UTC | #931156

Go to: When faith no longer moves mountains

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As a member of The Clergy Project, I would like to express my thanks to Dan Dennett, Richard Dawkins, Linda LaScola and Dan Barker! The clergy project has become a community and a haven for current and former unbelieving clergy.

I look forward to seeing how The Clergy Project will positively inform the dialogue between secularism and religion.

Tue, 20 Dec 2011 18:23:18 UTC | #901440

Go to: In Memoriam: Christopher Hitchens, 1949–2011

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The very title of his last article for Vanity Fair “The Trial of the Will” speaks to the testing of Christopher Hitchens willful determination during his battle with cancer. In his usual, frank and unadulterated tone he determinedly calls our bluff on the romanticism that all too often overtakes the reality of pain and suffering.

When one bumps up against immutable and seemingly unremitting pain, it becomes, as it appears to with Hitchens; a constant companion. The cancer which worked so throughly to unravel the health and function of his body did not diminish his will. “So far, I have decided to take whatever my disease can throw at me, and to stay combative, even while taking the measure of my inevitable decline.”

Our first instinct might be to idealize his fierce desire to live, but I would think that he would have none of that. His efforts to survive cancer were made in much the same way that every living thing clings to existence. Our goal is to go to perpetuate our genes, our ideas and in the example of Christopher Hitchens, his words.

There are many lessons we can thank Hitchens for teaching, the one that I am most appreciative of is his unapologetic call to be rational and thinking persons.

“Faith is the surrender of the mind; it's the surrender of reason, it's the surrender of the only thing that makes us different from other mammals”

Fri, 16 Dec 2011 19:28:59 UTC | #899952

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