Category De-Conversion

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 […]

If History Is Fun: My Ordination’s Doctrinal Statement

If you think history can be fun, I have an exciting something for you. If you may find yourself enthused with religious history in particular, hold onto your proverbial hat. And if you enjoy digging into the backgrounds of deconverted religious leaders, then oh my shit, prepare to lose yours.  So I thought it would be […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hey, That’s Me: My Face on a Billboard for Atheism!

Something fun. And yet serious all at the same time. But for today, just gonna stick to the fun side… I’m on a billboard! It’s part of the Freedom From Religion Foundation‘s new “Out of the Closet” campaign to normalize atheism, an effort to help people see that atheists are normal everyday individuals. Not scary, not evil, […]

A Biblical Atheism

I may be an atheist. But at least I’m a biblical one. According to the breed of Christian faith that I once held to, it is a dangerous thing to rely on personal experience. You see, all that stuff, feelings, emotions, observations witnessed via the five senses, even the logic used by our minds to […]

Due Preparations: Diary of a Perfectionist

This is the story of accepting a challenge and then failing, even though it wasn’t really a failure, and of then using the pseudo-failure to create a new story of refocused redemptive moments. Okay, so it’s been awhile since I’ve spoken publicly about much of anything.  And by “spoken publicly,” I mean communication that is […]

Waking Up: A Story of Losing Faith but Finding Everything Else

This article was written for and originally appeared on TeresaMacBain.com November 7, 2014.  Since it reveals parts of my story that are often asked about, I am reposting it here on my site as well.  Enjoy!   UPDATE: In October 2016, Teresa MacBain returned to the Christian faith and repurposed her website for her new Christian […]

Sex & Dating

So this is a post about me debating whether or not to post about my experiences with sex and dating.  About relationships, etc. I’ve had some requests lately that I divulge any obstacles or adventures that I’ve experienced in my newfound post-Christian singleness.  Such a subject certainly falls under the very broad theme of my blog.  And since religion […]

Grieving God: A Hard Story That Ends Well

 Grief: n. Deep mental anguish, as that arising from bereavement.  I’ve always been an all or nothing kind of guy.  I learned in high school that I was horrible at sports.  Learned that lesson even earlier, actually.  I played basketball in the seventh and eighth grades and scored a total of two points both years combined. […]

From One World to Another

What Goes Into a Transition? And how do I figure out what life is supposed to look like on the other side? Transitioning from where and to what? Well, I guess that is the question… What does it mean when the mythic hero of your youth vanishes or disappears? How long does one wait for […]