Dennis Smith
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Dennis Smith replied to Kelsey Hayes's discussion 'Anyone out there?'
"Personally, I would encourage you to wait. However, how are you managing college? Are your parents helping pay for college? If so, there might still be an issue. As many in The Clergy Project have found, the consequences of "coming out"…"
Jun 10, 2012
Dennis Smith commented on Kayla T's blog post 'I Am Going To Read The Bible'
"The excuse or answer you will receive when you press these passage is "God's ways are higher than our ways, and his thoughts higher than our thoughts". Or that God's ways are mysterious and he can, of course, do anything so no…"
May 6, 2012
Dennis Smith commented on Kayla T's blog post 'I Am Going To Read The Bible'
"I think this is laudable. There are certainly some parts you can skim, like the genealogies. However, to be more familiar with it will enable you to present a more balanced perspective. Most Christians cherry pick the Bible focusing on the…"
May 6, 2012
Dennis Smith replied to Matt the Christian's discussion 'Religious experience?'
"It is also the case that for many of the clergy in The Clergy Project, divorce is the eventual outcome of their marriage relationships. There are some who are fortunate and their spouse also comes on board. For many, perhaps most, they can count on…"
May 5, 2012
Dennis Smith replied to Matt the Christian's discussion 'Religious experience?'
"I would agree. But then it's all wrong anyway."
May 5, 2012
Dennis Smith replied to Matt the Christian's discussion 'Religious experience?'
"I'm not sure exactly how the "X" justified seeking a divorce. She was the one who initiated it. I suspect it had to do with the clause regarding the unbeliever being unwilling to live with the believing spouse. If the unbeliever wants…"
May 5, 2012
Dennis Smith replied to Matt the Christian's discussion 'Religious experience?'
"I do thankfully. The children are not as fundamentalist as their mother and my son is an atheist as I am and a student of philosophy. He is going to University of Houston for an MA and is on a PhD track. The kids and I are close. They too question…"
May 5, 2012
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Apr 29, 2012
Dennis Smith replied to Bobby's discussion 'Another Defense of Christianity'
"It would all be speculation. What did people nearly 2000 years ago do or think or how were they motivated when you have nothing in any historical record other than the NT? How do you go about determining what they REALLY believed if it was different…"
Apr 29, 2012
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Apr 29, 2012
Dennis Smith replied to Matt the Christian's discussion 'Religious experience?'
"Fancy that!! I was ordained in the OPC from 1981 through 1997. I went to Westminster Theological Seminary from 1975 through 1980. What was your association with the PCA and OPC?"
Apr 29, 2012
Dennis Smith replied to Matt the Christian's discussion 'Religious experience?'
"Here is a longish, rather detailed account of my transition. http://agnosticpastor.wordpress.com/guest-writers/dennis-smith-going-going-going-gone/ It was a difficult transition. There are 200+ members of The Clergy Project who have gone throught…"
Apr 29, 2012
Dennis Smith replied to Matt the Christian's discussion 'Religious experience?'
"I was a fundamentalist believer for nearly thirty years and a ordained minister and pastor in a conservative, fundamentalist Presbyterian denomination for sixteen years. I'm now an atheist and a member of The Clergy Project. Without a doubt…"
Apr 29, 2012
Dennis Smith commented on Seth Hunter peterson's blog post 'Why does it seem that Atheism is mostly focused against Abrahamic religions?'
"With regard to the original question, the three Abrahamic religions are the ones most prominent in the West and the ones most vocal and proselytizing with the exception of Judaism which does not seem to proselytize. Both Christianity and Islam…"
Jan 15, 2012
Dennis Smith replied to Melchior Vulpius's discussion 'Should I Lie to Children?'
"The other response it to refer her to her parents. It's need your responsibility or even prerogative as a public school teacher to tell her whether god exists or not; separation of religion and state and all that."
Dec 1, 2011

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Atheist
About Me:
Was an ordained Presbyterian minister for 16 years and now an atheist.
Age
59-64
Relationship Status
Single
Why are you here?
Looking for community
The religion you left
Christian
Why you left your religion.
It's irrational. There is no evidence for the existence of any god much less Yahweh.
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The Clergy Project

Posted on October 14, 2011 at 4:03pm 0 Comments

The Clergy Project is a safe-house web site for both active and former clergy who no longer hold the beliefs of their religious tradition. The site is private and allows them an anonymous, protected place to voice their concerns and struggles. It also provides support as they transition out of the ministry.

I'm a member as a former minister. This is a compassionate and humanistic effort sponsored by the Richard Dawkins foundation and associated in various ways with the Freedom from…

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