What Happens When Pastors Become Atheists?

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, answers the question: What Happens When Pastors Become Atheists?

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the project — more videos will be posted soon — and we’d also appreciate your suggestions as to which questions we ought to tackle next!

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • http://snigsfoot.blogspot.com/ Rob Crompton

    I was fortunate as a minister of a very broad church where the liberal end of the spectrum of belief, though in a minority, was represented. Even so, it was not possible to be fully open about the position I took exc ept with a small circle of close friends. As a minister I took the view that it would always be impossible to persuade people to accept sweeping changes in a whole lot of beliefs. But the more modest goal of helping folk to move on one step at a time was far more realistic.

    Since retiring I neither preach nor attend church. But I continue to explore religious themes, far morefreely, in my writing.

  • Machintelligence

    Apparently the ones who are most angry are other clergy. Dan Dennett said it is the sort of anger stage magicians feel for those who explain how the tricks are done. More about the Clergy Project, which I gather has about 500 members now.


  • Karen

    The Clergy Project strikes me as being one of the most fundamentally kind operations in this country and beyond. It must be excruciating to be a pastor when you no longer believe. I recall a “scandal” in my Catholic church when I was young, when a priest we all loved abruptly quit the priesthood, got married, and (I think) ended up running a homeless shelter. I’ve no idea if he stayed Catholic or not, but I couldn’t help feel sorry for him, listening to all the ill-informed, vituperative, gossip that followed.

  • Cattleya1

    Another in a series of well done discussions. Good job, Hemant!