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04/09/2012 06:05 PM
Jerry Dewitt is the first pastor turned atheist to come out as an atheist after joining The Clergy Project. The Clergy Project is an online community forum begun March 21, 2011, on which nearly 200 current and former clergy who have abandoned supernatural beliefs gain support and advice for each other as they contemplate coming out as atheists. He now is the executive director of Recovering from Religion, an organization created to meet the needs of apostates—a cause very close to my own heart.
Dewitt gave the rousing talk below at the American Atheists convention:
Part of Recovering From Religion’s mission is to get formerly religious people in touch with therapists who will commit to thoroughly secular counseling which respects godless people’s disbeliefs instead of sending them back to church. If you are a therapist who atheists can trust to support them in their unbelief and cope with the social fallout from their loss of faith or lack of faith, please give your information to Recovering From Religion’s Therapist Project so they can add you to their lists.
Below the fold I am reposting “Atheist Preaching”, my review of the above talk from the day after I witnessed it live. Since my original posting of the article, Jerry was kind enough to write me enthusiastically and offer a gracious invitation to dialogue with him more about some of my potential reservations about his style which I considered and rose for discussion as part of my review.