And here’s the table of contents; the book is clearly a combination of sociological analysis and personal testimony, and I’m looking forward to reading it.
Update from Linda LaScola
The study did not come out of the Clergy Project; it’s more like the Clergy Project (TCP) came out of the study. Most of the clergy interviewed in the book contacted us about the study before TCP existed. As we explain in the beginning of the book, the first members of TCP came from a list that Dan Dennett and I compiled for the study and a list of former non-believing clergy that Dan Barker, co-president of FFRF, had been compiling for many years. There are 30 current or former clergy in the D&L study and there are now over 500 members of TCP! While Dan Dennett and I are among the founders of TCP, we are restricted from the private website, which is reserved for conversation among current and former non-believing clergy. Dan and I do not qualify. Dan Barker, a former evangelical pastor, does qualify and I’m told is active on the private site.
I hadn’t realized that Dan Dennett and Linda LaScola’s (D&L’s) book has been out, at least in electronic form, for a month, but if I didn’t know it perhaps you didn’t either. At any rate, it’s one of the first publications (and the first book) to come out of D&L’s Clergy Project, whose aim was to identify unbelieving clergy, help them transition (if they wished) to leaving the church, give them a community of like-minded pastors and to study the reasons why someone can preach what they don’t practice.
The book is Caught in the Pulpit: Leaving Belief Behind. It’s $9.99 on Amazon U.S. (Kindle version only for now). It’s 243 pages long, and you can read Richard Dawkins’s Foreword and Dennett and LaScola’s Introduction free here.
It has a lovely cover: