Support for atheist clergy
October 25, 2011 6:55 AM Subscribe
posted by Pater Aletheias (63 comments total)
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A year and a half ago we discussed
Daniel Dennett's study of clergy who had lost their faith. In the meantime, he and Richard Dawkins have teamed up to start "The Clergy Project
," an online community for clergy
who are considering leaving the ministry because of their loss of faith, and former clergy who have already made the transition out.Dawkins and Barker believe clergy need help in exiting the ministry, saying it is "near to impossible" to leave.
"If a farmer tires of the outdoor life and wants to become an accountant or a teacher or a shopkeeper, he faces difficulties, to be sure. He must learn new skills, raise money, move to another area perhaps. But he doesn't risk losing all his friends, being cast out by his family, being ostracized by his whole community," Dawkins writes on the website.
"Clergy who lose their faith suffer double jeopardy. It's as though they lose their job and their marriage and their children on the same day."