Quantcast
Connect with us

Atheist blogger seeks donations to help pastor who was fired for ‘giving atheism a try’

Published

on

A former pastor at a Seventh-day Adventist church who decided to perform an experiment in which he would be an atheist for a year has been fired by his current employers, Azusa Pacific University (APU) and Fuller Theological Seminary.

According to a post on his blog, on the fourth day of his “experiment,” Ryan Bell found himself “without any employment.”

He writes that the administrators at both Christian institutions “simply feel they cannot have me as a part of the faculty while I’m am in this year long process. Both APU and Fuller welcomed a conversation with me at the end of the year to see about my future work with their institutions. The Deans of both schools encouraged me and said they felt my project was bold and even important and necessary.”

ADVERTISEMENT

Atheist blogger Hemant Mehta had been critical of Bell’s methodology, writing that he’s not “trying on atheism” so much as just “doing what all people should do and exposing himself to an alternative perspective.” However, he’s sympathetic to Bell’s plight.

“All he did was voice the idea of giving atheism a try—even if only superficially—and it was enough for his Christian employers to cut all ties with him,” Mehta wrote.

According to Bell, his “savings will run out in about two weeks and I’m scrambling to find immediate work doing.” He’s willing to do “anything—manual labor, waiting tables, other teaching and consulting, or whatever I can find.”

So Mehta decided to help him, setting up a fundraising page
for him that, as of this writing, has already exceeded its original goal by 15 percent.

“I think it’s important to show that, unlike the Christian organizations, we support someone who’s willing to put his own beliefs under the microscope,” Mehta wrote.

ADVERTISEMENT

“Furthermore, we’ll support his experiment even if he doesn’t end up becoming an atheist.


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

LISTEN: Mourners sing ‘Amazing Grace’ outside the Supreme Court to celebrate Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Published

on

Heartwarming videos were shared on social media on Friday night showing the spontaneous gathering at the Supreme Court following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The large crowd, with many people wearing masks, sang the hymn "Amazing Grace."

Here are some of the videos of the scene:

A moving moments as dozens join in to sing “Amazing Grace” on the steps of the Supreme Court. pic.twitter.com/NGZyZi4YR4

— Mike Balsamo (@MikeBalsamo1) September 19, 2020

Continue Reading

2020 Election

Here’s how Mitch McConnell could lose his leverage to replace Ginsburg after November

Published

on

According to a report in AZCentral, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's plan to rush through a replacement for the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg could encounter an unexpected roadblock if he tries to hold a confirmation vote after the election.

Continue Reading
 

Breaking Banner

WATCH: Trump reveals how he can manipulate Democrats to help him put Ted Cruz on the Supreme Court

Published

on

President Donald Trump spoke about his plans for the Supreme Court during a Friday night campaign rally in Bemidji, Minnesota.

Trump took the stage before news was announced that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died and appeared to not know of the Supreme Court vacancy.

Trump explained to his audience why he had put Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on his shortlist for a Supreme Court nomination.

“I said, you know, I have to have someone that we’re going sure we get approved and the only one I could think of is Ted, because he’s going to get 50 Republican votes and he’s going to get 50 Democrat votes — they’ll do anything to get him out of the Senate," Trump said.

Continue Reading