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Turning To God or Turning Away: Two Divergent Faith Journeys

Posted on · Today, we revisit a pair of conversations from 2014 about turning to – or away from – organized religion. First, we meet Rev. Clay Lein, rector at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church in River Oaks, who was once a self-professed “angry atheist.” He tells Craig Cohen how he found himself leading an Episcopal congregation […]

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Are All Scientists Atheists?

Posted on · Are all scientists atheists? Do they believe religion and science can co-exist? These are some of the questions scientists answered in a recent survey conducted by Dr. Elaine Ecklund, the director of Rice University’s Religion and Public Life Program. She conducted a survey of scientists worldwide to examine their views on religion. The results defy long-held assumptions […]

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Mom, Dad, I’m an Atheist: A Conversation with David McAfee

Posted on · David McAfee grew up going to church with his family, but says he never really believed the stories of the Bible were true. But when he discovered that his family truly did believe them, instead of being driven away from religion he became obsessed with learning more about it – so much so that he […]

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How a Former Atheist Became an Episcopal Minister

Posted on · A few weeks back, Rev. Clay Lein delivered his first sermon as the new rector at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church in River Oaks. But he wasn’t always a religious man. He’s a former electrical engineer who was once a self-professed “angry atheist.” How did he find himself heading up a 4,000 strong Episcopal congregation in Houston? We find […]