Category Atheism

‘Rise & Fall’ is On Its Way!

An update on my new book, which seeks to foster greater dialogue between those of faith and those without. Use it as a tool for dialogue with friends and family. Amazon preorders releasing soon.

Recovering from Religion Interview

My interview with RfR’s Scott and Emily where we discuss The Clergy Project and my new book The Rise and Fall of Faith.

The Religion of Nice

A story about my introduction to a man named Dr. Bill who invented a religion called The Religion of Nice. (Also includes an update on other events.)

Post-faith Clergy in Community: A Response to Albert Mohler on The Clergy Project

As the famed evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins once said of the world’s religious leaders, “It is hard to think of any other profession which it is so near to impossible to leave.” These words begin a welcome letter that Dawkins wrote to The Clergy Project’s charter group of fifty-two participants as its private online forum launched […]

The Story of The Clergy Project

As I’m guessing almost everyone reading this already knows—but I’ll state it again just to make sure—I volunteer my time as the communications director at The Clergy Project. And given the incredibly lean all-volunteer staff that we have at TCP, being communications director means I do a lot of things single-handedly. One project that’s been occupying […]

In Memoriam: A Post-Faith Grief Story

Grief. It’s never easy. Or fun. Or comfortable. Ever.  But it’s yet another one of those things that gets even more complicated for the post-faith crowd. As an evangelical pastor, I had always reminded our community that grief was a normal part of being human, that God had created people with a breadth of emotions […]

A Book Review: Sneddon’s ‘A’ is for Amazing Encyclopedia of Atheist-Stuff

I suppose it may be possible that we as a people are more accustomed, because of the reality of the internet, to the ability to look up random definitions for every anything that is out there waiting to be looked up. I know for myself at least, I’m constantly googling new words, like seriously almost […]

Speaking This Weekend in Chicago!

Happy Monday Everyone! I apologize again for not getting over here to post very often. But exciting things are going on. Not just with my new Life Enhancement & Career Coaching firm Next Level Coaching, but also with several other endeavors of interest to you as well. More on some of that in the near […]

Disillusionist: A New Blog in Town

There’s a new blog in town. A member of The Clergy Project is preparing to come out publicly as an atheist over the course of this next year. But apparently he’s not your typical closeted atheist pastor. According to the first post of his new blog, he’s a well known evangelist who’s traveled the world […]

Facing Death: Still an Atheist in the Foxhole

So this is the post where I talk about my recent hospital stay, about brushing up against death, and about whether or not I cried out to God at the last moment… I’m guessing we’ve all heard the repeatedly overstated “There’s No Atheists in Foxholes” argument. The claim of course being that in war, every soldier turns […]

On Rational Doubt Blog: Vacation Bible School

Remember Vacation Bible School?Otherwise known simply as VBS? It’s that time-honored tradition that nearly every church in American seems to perform each year while students all across the country are on Summer Vacation from their public school systems. You’d be invited by the local church on your block to run up the street every day […]

Catherine Dunphy & The Clergy Project

Wednesday afternoon, I locked the door to my Uptown apartment, and slid down the elevator on my way to a quick shift at the steakhouse. On my way out the front door, I stopped to check my mailbox, and that’s the moment I saw it. Right there waiting for me in my little mail slot […]

Deconversion Extended: Additional Chapters for Rise & Fall

So the book is advancing rather well. For various reasons that I won’t bother expounding upon, I had set the editing of my second draft on hold for a good several months. And then, after finally picking it up again at the turn of the new year, I finally finished the revision last week. But as […]

Video Interview: A Seminary Project on Atheism

A group of seminary students recently completed a project on how to effectively counsel an atheist. They are studying in a Masters program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Chicago’s Moody Theological Seminary, and yep, that’s the very same school that I had attended. And one of the students working on this group project had grown […]

“Your Dad’s a What!?” The Day My Daughter’s Class Discussed Atheism

I’m thankful this week that atheism in America is becoming less taboo and beginning to sound a little less scary. And I’m also thankful this week for a particular sixth grade teacher who was willing to speak honestly and openly about it.* It was just a few days ago—so I’m told—during a new social studies segment on […]

Why the U.S. Has Never Been a Christian Nation

Yes, a full third of the American population self-identifies as evangelical or ‘born again’ Christian, by far the largest religious group in America. But nearly one half of their neighbors subscribe to another Christian tradition, be it Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Mormon, or mainline protestant, etc. All told that’s 8 in 10 Americans who are Christian […]

Dr. Jenna Jacobs Gets Taken to the Woodshed; And Others Too

I am rejoicing right now in a grand appreciation for logic and wit. And it all began as I stumbled upon a video placed on my Facebook newsfeed. Given my fond affection for The West Wing and the good reputation my friend has for sharing great content, I pushed play and sat with eager anticipation. By the end of […]

Forgiving Satan: The Day My Daughter Asked Even Bigger Questions

“But Daddy, what about Satan…” THINKING THIS MORNING of a conversation I had with my eldest when she was only seven years old. This is the one who was crushed when Hillary Clinton had lost the 2008 primaries and then predicted that at least we’d have another shot next time.* But I’m thinking this morning of a conversation from […]

They Spoke in Such a Way: How Evangelism Training Undermines the Faith

  You’re likely to have seen a banner such as this flying boldly over certain corners of the Social Media Universe: “I’ve studied the Bible. And that’s why I’m an atheist.” And sure enough, my own experience has proven this fascinating little claim over again and again, and from many angles. But just one of […]

An Even More Wonderful Life

Watched It’s a Wonderful Life this afternoon. Unlike your typical American, this was only the second time I’d seen the film, with the first being just five years or so ago. So no, for me this isn’t the annual Christmas tradition that it is for other people. Was more of a spontaneous indulgence instead. Most likely you’re not aware. […]