Our latest podcast guest is Linda LaScola, co-author of the book Caught in the Pulpit: Leaving Belief Behind, which will soon be re-released with several updates and additions. LaScola is a research consultant perhaps best known for her work with philosopher Daniel Dennett in which they speak with pastors who may secretly be atheists. (You [Read More...]
Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 41: Linda LaScola, Co-Author of Caught in the Pulpit: Leaving Belief Behind
Via Bo Gardiner, we learn how upset some Christians were to learn that Ryan Bell‘s year-long “experiment” with atheism seems to have ended in the ex-shepherd’s conclusion that he does, indeed, no longer believe in God.
A commenter at the Christian Post fumed:
“This is nothing more than rebellion, and at the expense of many of the rest of us. What selfishness and irresponsibility, no matter what the personal struggle.
You need the Christian religion (and yes, Christianity is a religion, the true religion) to worship God, and God must be worshiped.
Those who have entered into a genuine relationship with Christ Jesus are the most loving people.”
As we see on this blog virtually every day.
It was almost a year ago when Ryan Bell, a professor and former pastor of a Seventh-day Adventist church, announced that he would “try on” atheism and “live as if there is no God” for 12 months.
I didn’t agree with his methodology at the time. I felt like he was just exploring an alternative option, not actually “becoming” an atheist. Hell, most atheists don’t even read books by Richard Dawkins or attend gatherings with other non-believers, so how would doing those things give Bell a real sense of what being an atheist was like?
But he got a taste of what being an atheist was like much sooner than expected. Less than a week after announcing his experiment, Bell was fired by his Christian employers at Azusa Pacific University and Fuller Theological Seminary because, according to Bell, “They simply feel they cannot have me as a part of the faculty while I’m am in this year long process.”
Readers of this site came through in a big way and helped raise more than $27,000 for his family as they coped with this sudden unemployment.
That year has come to an end. So what has Bell decided about God?