Dennett and LaScola’s new book on nonbelieving clergy

Jonathan:

I really have to read this book but I keep putting it off.

Correction: Linda LaScola has requested that the following changes to be made to Coyne’s original blog post. Although he made the corrections, I figure it’s worth highlighting them here, just in case readers skim read.

The book  has been available on Kindle just since Wednesday, Nov 26th in both the US and the UK. The print edition should be out in about a week. LaScola writes:

By the way, 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.
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Dan Dennett and I would be very grateful if you post this distinction at the top of you post so the confusion and misinformation is not perpetuated. We all know the trouble that was caused by editing errors and mistranslations in the Bible!

Oh, and by the way, the book is also available on the Amazon Canada kindle website. I just bought it for the usual $9.99.

Originally posted on Why Evolution Is True:

CORRECTION:  I’ve heard from Linda LaScola, who asked me to correct one error: the book below did not come out of the Clergy Project, but vice versa. I’m putting up her email (which she also put as a comment below), so that you can get the facts:

By the way, 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…

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4 thoughts on “Dennett and LaScola’s new book on nonbelieving clergy

  1. Hello Jonathan – thanks for your interest in the book that Dan Dennett and I just completed. There are a few importatn errors in Jerry Coyne’s blog about it that should be cleared up before it is reposted.

    If you read further down in the “Why Evolution is True” you’ll see my comment, reposted here: ”

    Hi, Jerry –

    Thanks for blogging about our new book – available on Kindle just since Wednesday, Nov 26th in both the US and the UK. The print edition should be out in about a week.

    By the way, 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.”
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    Dan Dennett and I would be very grateful if you post this distinction at the top of you post so the confusion and misinformation is not perpetuated. We all know the trouble that was caused by editing errors and mistranslations in the Bible!

    Thanks, Linda LaScola

  2. I appreciate all the fixing, Jonathan – and that you bought the book! Perhaps you’ll review it, when you’re finished reading it, either here on your blog or on Amazon.

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