A New Blog for Pastors Who Are Secretly Atheists

The Clergy Project — an online home for about 550 current clergy members who secretly don’t believe in God — is embarking on a very exciting new project.

It stems from the fact that we don’t usually hear anything about these secretive members until they’re ready to announce to the world that they don’t believe in God. (Teresa MacBain and Jerry DeWitt are “graduates” of the project.)

That’s about to change. Clergy Project members who are not out to the world yet will now have a chance to share their thoughts in the public square, writing for a new Patheos blog called Rational Doubt:

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American Atheists’ David Silverman Addresses Crowd at Mass Mormon Resignation

Yesterday, while the 184th Annual General Conference of the (Mormon) Church took place nearby, two atheist groups led a mass resignation for Mormons who wanted to leave the Church for good.

Atheists of Utah and American Atheists (national) led the 75-person march around Temple Square. Afterwards, AA President David Silverman spoke to the crowd:

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With Help of Atheists, Mormons Will Resign from Church En Masse This Weekend

This Sunday, as the 184th Annual General Conference of the (Mormon) Church takes place in Salt Lake City, two atheist groups will be leading a mass resignation nearby for Mormons who wish to leave the Church for good.

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Is It Harder to be Gay or Atheist?

Seen at PostSecret:

It’s hard to comment since I don’t know the whole story, but at least anecdotally, I’ve found that people who do come out (as gay or atheist) tend to be much happier afterwards than those who keep it to themselves.

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What Have We Learned from Pastors Who Secretly Don’t Believe in God?

Four years ago, philosopher Daniel Dennett and researcher Linda LaScola released a groundbreaking study of pastors who no longer believed in God yet were still in the pulpit. It was a project that led to the formation of The Clergy Project, a private discussion forum for closeted atheist pastors.

Dennett and LaScola released a book last November explaining what they discovered and learned from their study called Caught in The Pulpit: Leaving Belief Behind:

Now, the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science has uploaded a video interview (in two parts) with LaScola in which she goes more in depth about her research:

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