Welcome to the website, I'm glad that you're visiting!
I'm Brian Worley. I started Ex-Minister a few years after leaving
the ministry. I graduated from Tennessee Temple University majoring in
Pastoral Studies and was on church staffs in Tennessee and California.
one of the earlier post-Christian skeptic writers before the New
Atheist's barged in with their religion dismissive attitude. Frankly,
I despise atheism's muscle and attempts to set the tone on how the
rest of us should view religion. Confession here, I like religion and am
convinced that our literal criticism of the Bible doesn't justify the
destruction of religion. I'm cognizant of the fact that religion is a
foundational aspect of advanced society. Religion doesn't need to be destroyed, it
needs to re-focus and get better without the distractions from the
spent a few years in the post-Soviet Union (Latvia) observant of a
society that had essentially dismissed God for a 50-year period opened
my post-Christian eyes. I somewhat feel like the George Bailey character
(James Stewart) in "It's a Wonderful Life" having gained the
perspective of seeing what life would be like if they (religion in this
case) wasn't around.
world's greatest problems are of a spiritual nature (attitudes of the
heart). Secularism has great promise in many venues but it isn't
suited to address the problems that religion and the clergy engage in
like to work full-time upon the subject matter expressed upon this
website. Can a loving, nurturing secular perspective attract necessary
funding, or does it only go towards those taking a destructive path?
I've staked a positive dualistic (mutual secular/religious)
non-hostile disposition for those in society that have left religious
practice behind. Ideologically, I believe Ex-Minister's
position should be the prevailing view of secular society!
reality is that money sets the public agenda of our world.
Give Ex-Minister a portion of atheism's resources and we
believe we will make a positive impact upon society! Would you consider
helping us get there?
assists clerics, seeking to utilize their talents within society
to build bridges and find peaceful solutions to problems exacerbated
by secular or religious strife.
If you like religion so much, why be critical? Seems like your
positing a hypocritical stance, why not shut things down for the good
Why take a negative view of criticism? Every decent Bible school
teaches Biblical criticism in its Hermeneutics classes. Those that
are ineffective are likely to produce fundamentalists; those that
teach it well are likely to produce common good difference makers in
has its own paradox; we call it fundamentalism. Virtually no one
objects to a good citizen whose belief in God makes them a better
person. However, the "wrapped too tightly" crusader invokes consternation
to those around him. Simply put, no fundamentalists - no
is true in love is also applicable with religion; the group 38
Special expressed it well in the lyrics of its hit single "Hold on
on loosely... but don't let go... .if you cling too tight
babe... your gonna lose control"
problem with religion & skepticism is that some cling too
tightly to it and become truth crusaders. Rather than being a good
thing, it denigrates into a belligerent destructive force that
invites a never-ending circle of retaliation. Religion isn't the
problem; Fundamentalism (skeptical and religious versions) is what ails
you didn't ask me, someone needs to be critical of skepticism as
well or else
they will continue to wreak unfettered
havoc upon religion. Someone within skepticism needs to "have the
back" of good religion and do some of their "dirty work" for
pragmatic, common good reasons.
Q: What do I
consider to be the most important issue we face and how do we resolve it?
A: The toppling
of our "institutions of convention
Durant solemnly warns that the tussle
between secularism and religion ultimately destroys society. A
bunch of liberal/progressive fools that are ignorant of history have
instigated a culture war that threaten the institutions of convention
and morality. Please, read the previous link if you want the rest of
is a decidedly secular organization consisting of men and
women that were once church leaders, missionaries, politicians, or former
clergy members. We understand and support post theism clergy and encourage them to use their
talents in a constructive manner to build a better
organization goes back into the world we left behind
(frequently in areas of conflict) with the perspective and
knowledge taken from the best that both worlds can offer to
find elusive solutions for complex issues.
a humanist organization, we would rather trumpet reason and
not be distracted from our pursuit of the common good with
unnecessary strife. Unfortunately, a number of individuals
that leave the faith desire to wage warfare against it.
Suddenly those that were once allies quickly become
adversaries in the "god wars." We don't understand
this type of thinking. People of faith shouldn't be viewed
as our enemies but as co-laborers for the better world that
we seek. Things work best when we continue practicing our values, check our egos and focus upon what we have in
common, rather than where we differ.
common good doesn't have a theology; it is what both of us
have in common. We discover that the "other side" isn't
as bad as we had imagined them when we start working
together. Ex-Minister gets them together through mutual
approach to religion vs. religion conflict is a bit
different, we prefer to build humanity rather than fight
theology. When these "in house" conflicts spill over
into the secular arena and involve human rights; this is
where an "unplugged" specialist
a theology background like Ex-Minister would enter into the
picture as a peacemaker. Clergy frequently distrust other
clergy or clergy peacemakers. This hampers dialogue and
often reinforces a harder line position to be taken that
exacerbates the problem.
will Ex-Minister International do once we get funding?
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a first timer visits this website and were to ask me what best exemplifies our ideas and
work; I would suggest these pages:
Aggressive Secularism Does to Society
I am not an atheist - A Skeptic's Case for Belief in God