I have said beforeCaught in The Pulpit: Leaving Belief Behind
by Daniel C. Dennett and Linda LaScola
A book of interviews with clergy that have lost their faith and become atheists.
Andy Thomson interviews LaScola
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =z7TCW_BGG1oXX&feature=pla yer_embedded
A lot of these clergy became atheists in seminary...because of what they were learning in seminary...yet continued on to become clergy anyway.(Personally, I don't understand this, but it does happen.) More just accepted what they learned in seminary by rote, but began to think for themselves later in their careers. Interesting listening.
I was taught that the illiterate masses, the poor,(the lower classes) need something to believe (in) to give then confidence and hope, to ease the burden of their miserable life.
I was taught "Faith" in faith
I can give you excuses (I was accustomed to belief as comfort) but the bottom line is I carried on even though I was presented with clear evidence for the source of the dogma, clear evidence that there never was a god on the earth.
I took it : at this time, that there was no reason to think any god existed, but I continued to serve the needs of the unfortunate.
Hypocrisy is that which "turned the tide" for me
the hypocrisy of the church
the hypocrisy of the fold.