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The Problem With Trying On Atheism

The Problem With Trying On Atheism


Jan 9 2014
We’re confused by one California pastor’s “year without God.”

Bell is well-aware that adjunct faculty and church consultants must, as is the case with almost any faith-based non-profits, adhere to the faith of the institution. This isn't simply a high-minded idea, it allowed by law, per Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964: "religious organizations are permitted to give employment preference to members of their own religion."

Over at The Friendly Atheist, Hemant Mehta has, very kindly, set up a fundraising page to help Bell cover costs while he discerns his next step. I wish Bell well on this year of atheism, and I hope it brings him a deeper sense of understanding and clarity, and I do hope he finds compassion and joy in the church as well as without. But the repercussions of his speaking out make perfect sense to me, too. I'll just have to wait for the book.

Related Topics:Atheism; Doubt; Higher Education

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