Update2: Comments which were posted to the Grace University site by Linda LaScola and Teresa MacBain and which also have not been posted.

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A  few corrections/additions: 

Jerry Dewitt is acting as volunteer director of Recovering from Religion.  He does not make a living at it.  Like most self-taught pastors, he read the bible thoroughly before branching out into other sources of information about religion and the universe.

Teresa MacBain left the pulpit when she publicly announced her atheism and now works as the public relations director of the American Atheist Association.

Dan Barker is also a founder of the Clergy Project and is a member of the group. Unlike Richard Dawkins and Dan Dennett, Barker was a trained minister for decades before becoming an atheist and co-president of the Freedom from Religion Foundation.

For more information about the clergy project, check out its public site at www.clergyproject.org

Linda LaScola

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Mr. Eckman,

I encourage you to research your topic carefully before you publish an article. You stated that Jerry DeWitt founded Recovering from Religion, and now makes his living via the organization. False. Dr. Darryl Ray founded the organization and Jerry works as a non-paid director. Next you stated that I was still actively pastoring in the Methodist Church. False. I resigned some time ago when I came out as an atheist. I was unemployed for a period of time, and now I’m employed as a Public Relations Director for American Atheists. I doubt the UMC would allow me to even serve a part-time appointment knowing that I’m an atheist.

Thank you for your time,

Teresa MacBain
FORMER Pastor
Public Relations Director, American Atheists, Inc.

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Many scientists begin their thinking with the proposition that there is a God; others do not.  For example, physicists and others who practice science have been looking for a “Theory of Everything,” a theory that explains everything in the universe.  That was the passion of Newton in the 17th century, Einstein in the 20th, and currently Brian Greene in the 21st century.  Greene’s contribution is the “string theory,” postulated in his important book, The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory.  He posits that the universe consists of a complicated combination of vibrating strands or strings.  He writes that his theory is “a framework with the capacity to explain every fundamental feature upon which the world is constructed.”  The language of his book resonates with the language of awe, majesty and near worship.  But he leaves out God.  I actually do not know Greene’s personal faith and I do not know if he is a professing atheist but I do know that the Bible would want us to begin our thinking about the “theory of everything” with God.  Colossians 1:15-20 depicts Jesus as the eternal God who created everything and who sustains His world.  To not include this truth as the foundation for your knowledge and understanding of the universe is to leave out the key element of truth.

Are there consequences to rejecting God, especially the God of the Bible?  Is it important to consider biblical revelation when studying science, or any other discipline of human knowledge?  In our scientific quest for the “theory of everything,” should we also think about ethics, theology and practical living skills?  Do we have evidence of what occurs when a person rejects not only the personal belief in God, but also the Bible and the ethics contained therein?  This edition of Issues in Perspective examines these very questions.

First, consider the “Clergy Project” of Richard Dawkins, the famous British atheist. The purpose of the Clergy Project is to provide “a confidential online community for active and former clergy who do not hold supernatural beliefs.” Further, it exists “to provide a safe haven, a forum where clergy who have lost their faith can meet each other, exchange views, swap problems, counsel each other—for, whatever they may have lost, clergy know how to counsel and comfort.” ...