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The Clergy Project, with Jerry DeWitt and Dr. Daniel Dennett

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Some might be surprised that there are preachers who are no longer believers.  Some continue to go through the motions; others leave the church.  For all, it can be a lonely existence where friends, relationships, and careers are threatened. There's finally a support organization that's called The Clergy Project.


Jerry DeWitt became an atheist after more than 25 years of Pentecostal ministry that began when he was just 17 years old. His ministry included evangelizing across the U.S. and being the assistant pastor of two United Pentecostal churches and one Apostolic church.


Jerry is a spokesman for The Clergy Project, a private, invitation-only “safe house” community of current and former ministers who no longer hold the supernatural beliefs of their religious traditions. The Clergy Project was started by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, philosopher Daniel Dennett, researcher Linda LaScola and former minister and author Dan Barker. 


Joining us in a special segment will be Dr. Daniel Dennett, Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University.  Dennett, dubbed one of the "Four Horsemen of New Atheism" along with Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens, is a philosopher, writer and cognitive scientist..  In March 2010, he and Linda LaScola published their research on “Preachers Who Are Not Believers."


We’ll wrap up the show with an excursion into the culture wars, where we'll hear about how jurors in a high profile civil case thought they should consult the Bible to determine the verdict, and the personal story of a woman who almost lost her life due to abortion restrictions in the days before Roe v. Wade.


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