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Dennett and LaScola managed to find and interview five Protestant Given the liberality of today clergy, and the resistance of many nonbelieving preachers to participate in the study, this may be only the tip of the iceberg. Although some interviewees accept a numinous notion that might be termed none of them believe in the theistic God limned by the faith they profess. Here the testimony of a Southern Baptist preacher:

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“But if God was going to reveal himself to us, don’t you think it would be in a way that we wouldn’t question? I mean, if I was wanting to havepeople teach about the BibleI would probably make sure they knew I existed. I mean, I wouldn’t send them mysterious notes, encrypted in a way that it took a linguist to figure out.”

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Why do these canada goose outlet in uk preachers stay in the faith and on canada goose outlet us the job? Three reasons, mostly. One is financial: what else could they do with their training if they left the ministry? Often they have neither equity (living in church owned houses) nor pensions. Another, and perhaps more important, reason is that an admission of unbelief would shock and disappoint their friends and family. This is a very powerful motive, for facing the truth would rip asunder your network of social and family support. We encountered this before in the admission of Karl Giberson, still a professed believer, head of BioLogos, and someone who may be teetering canada goose outlet in usa on the edge of apostasy:

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There absolutely no doubt that faith, and religious institutions, have provided important help for those in need or in trouble. Some religions do this more than others. Sikhs, for example, seem to have a well developed system of intra faith welfare. Such help doesn of course, prove the existence of God or support canada goose outlet real any of the fact claims of faith, nor does it offset all the harms that faith has wrought on humanity. I haven yet read these. There are also (surprisingly few) comments by readers.

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I can easily envision a society where there is no need for altruistic acts and where there is no religious influence, and there is a casual link between the latter and the former.

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