“Hardly anyone reads the Bible. If they did, the whole thing would be in trouble.” Interesting words. Doubly interesting considering they were delivered by Mike Aus, the Lutheran pastor of 20 years at the Texas based Theophilus church. Aus was speaking on MSNBC’s “Up with Chris Hayes” as (at the time) one of the newest members of the Clergy Project, a confidential online gathering group for priests, pastors, preachers and ministers who can no longer delude themselves, or their congregations. Started in 2011 the group has witnessed explosive growth and now boasts over 400 former clergymen who’ve discarded the childish belief in a magical, silent, invisible sky being and chosen a more adult, rational approach to life, the planet, and cosmology. Such a rapid exodus cannot be understated. It’s the equivalent of once hardened, unwaveringly loyal military officers fleeing the field and defecting. Here we have the religious analogues of uniformed captains, majors and coronels throwing off their colours because they’ve not only recognised the unsupportable fragility of their beliefs, but also the regressive nature of the war they’d been raging on society. An army cannot survive without its commissioned officers, and the fact that religion is losing theirs at such an alarming rate is a sign the whole rotten (ageing) structure is crumbling from within.
See Mike Aus Video here (Thanks Lady!)
Linda LaScola (co-founder of The Clergy Project) suggests this video as well. It’s a 15 minute clip from a member of Aus’ new congregation who has followed him from the Lutheran church to Mike’s next church to his current atheist church. It’s good. Enjoy.