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Books in brief: ‘Caught in the Pulpit’ by Daniel Dennett and Linda LaScola

Do all priests believe in God?

By Jessica Abrahams   April 2014

Caught in the Pulpit by Daniel Dennett & Linda LaScola (Congruity, £8.56)

Do all priests believe in God? The answer, it turns out, is no; some lose their faith over time. This presents a dilemma: to stay in the Church, believing that what you preach everyday is a lie, or to leave, losing your livelihood, home and community?

The philosopher Daniel Dennett and sociologist Linda LaScola tapped into this issue back in 2010 with their paper “Preachers Who Are Not Believers.” As a result of their work, an online support group for atheist clergy…

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