Preachers Who Don’t Believe in God

On the weekend the CBC radio show Tapestry was about preachers who don’t believe in God.  This is based on work done in part by Daniel Dennett.  Listen.

A recent study from Tufts University tells the story of several pastors who no longer believe in God.  Most are still working in churches, still preaching sermons, and still counseling the faithful.  They are isolated and, in some cases, unable to confide even in their own families, for fear of what their newfound disbelief may do to their relationships.

We will speak with two pastors who took part in the study, as well as hear from Daniel Dennett,  professor of philosophy and co-director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University.  He is co-author of the Preachers Who Are Not Believers.

You can read the study here.

Daniel Dennett and his co-authorLinda LaScola are pursuing follow-up research. Clergy who are interested in participating can contact them through Dr. Dennett’s website.



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