• View from the Pew: Dispatches of a Church-going Atheist–Church-That-Must-Not-Be-Named

Fifth in an ongoing series of dispatches from the pew (Week 1–Mormon Church, Week 2–Jehovah’s Witnesses, Week 3–Christian Science, Week 4–Seventh Day Adventist, Week 5–Roman Catholicism).

Part 1 is all of my live tweets from Sunday service at Church-That-Must-Not-Be-Named.

Part 2 gives my impressions of a brief (not nearly brief enough!) conversation with the local head chaplain about his experience converting to the faith and church finances.

Part 1

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• View from the Pew: Dispatches of a Church-going Atheist–Roman Catholic

Fifth in an ongoing series of dispatches from the pew (Week 1–Mormon Church, Week 2–Jehovah’s Witnesses, Week 3–Christian Science, Week 4–Seventh Day Adventist).

Part 1 is all of my live tweets from a Roman Catholic Easter service.

Part 2 gives my impressions of a brief conversation with the parish’s deacon about church finances and evidence for its claims.

Part 1

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• View from the Pew: Dispatches of a Church-going Atheist–Seventh Day Adventist

Fourth in an ongoing series of dispatches from the pew (Week 1–Mormon Church, Week 2–Jehovah’s Witnesses, Week 3–Christian Science).

Part 1 is a catalog of my live tweets from a Seventh Day Adventist Sabbath service. Keep an eye out for the Sabbath surprise…!

Part 2 is my impressions of a conversation with a former Adventist deacon about the church’s finances and evidence for its claims.

Part 1

After the service:

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• View from the Pew: Dispatches of a Church-going Atheist–Christian Science

Third in an ongoing series of dispatches from the pew (Week 1–Mormon Church, Week 2–Jehovah’s Witnesses).

Part 1 is a catalog of my live tweets from a Christian Science sermon titled “Reality”.

Part 2 details my impressions of a brief conversation with two Scientists (!) about the church’s finances and evidence for its claims.

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• View from the Pew: Dispatches of a Church-going Atheist–Jehovah’s Witnesses

Second in an ongoing series of dispatches  from the pew (you can find my first dispatch–from a Mormon church–here).

Part 1 catalogs my live tweets from a Jehovah’s Witness Sunday service. Part 2 details my impressions of a brief conversation with a Witness about evidence for the church’s claims and its finances.

Part 1

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• View from the Pew: Dispatches of a Church-going Atheist–The (Mormon) Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

I am embarking on a new project to encounter religion directly on its own turf. Today I visited my erstwhile church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church) for Sunday service (Sacrament Meeting)–you can read about my journey out of the Mormon Church here.

I’m sharing this experience by tweeting live (and objectively as possible) from the pew: @DIYThinking

Here is a “transcript” of my live tweets today, followed by brief commentary (I spoke directly with the pastor and Mormon missionaries about Church finances, evidence that supports the Church’s claims, etc.):

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