8th April 2010

“A study among clergy of the Church of England carried out by researchers from Bangor University five years ago also found widespread doubt. Although almost all Anglican clergy on the whole believed in the existence of God, a third doubted it.”

Robert Pigott

28 Responses to “8th April 2010”

  1. solomon Says:

    The one third lots=Atheists dressed in clergy’s

  2. John Says:

    Where is there any proof of a god?

  3. Holysmokes Says:

    Proof? Hell, I’d settle for a little evidence.

  4. Holysmokes Says:

    I suppose there is something to be said for job security. I suspect it’s the primary force keeping these clergy from leaving their jobs.

  5. CaptainZero1969 Says:

    1/3? I guess I’m surprised it’s not higher. It would seem that very many members of the clergy are closeted atheists. If it’s true in Christiandom, it’s almost certainly true in other faiths as well. For me its unsurprising that a member of the clerical class should be an atheist since it was my own study of the bible that ultimately led me to atheism. I think the following is appropriate:

    “Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived.”
    — Isaac Asimov

    Of course, in certain circles, Asimov was a liar and a “hypocrate”. You morons know who you are…

  6. Alavi Hossain Says:

    im one of those morons and “bluffers”. i would suppose it is actually higher, a lot of them were probably to afraid to say so or cannot break away from the thought of it, regardless of logicality, due to decades of indoctrination. the majority of clergymen accept evolution, which i see as a hard piece of evidence against a creator. it makes sense that so many would doubt the existence of a god.

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  8. Atheist MC Says:

    I’ve always assumed, though with no good evidence, that the higher up the priesthood someone gets the less likely they are to actually believe what they preach.

  9. steve Says:

    Doubt is healthy. If you do not doubt, you have stopped thinking.

    I have always assumed that the more educated or well traveled you become the more likely it is that you will have doubts about superstitions.

    I can certainly see how the more learned you become in theology the more that you would naturally entertain serious doubts. But these are people who take money and power by preaching things that they doubt. Cognitive dissonance, anyone?

  10. CaptainZero1969 Says:

    Steady pay check anyone? Heh heh. I belong to the Church of the Holy Doughnut. Our major tenet is that dough is at the heart of all religion. I’d prosthelytize here, but I have no way to send out invoices to the viewers. Relying on donations, after all, is tedious.

  11. Atheist MC Says:

    is there a custard vs jam schism?

  12. CaptainZero1969 Says:

    Not quite but there is disagreement which we who uphold the sanctity of the Recipe are working vigorously to suppress. But don’t get me started about those damned “Bagelists” with their starchy and unglazed depravity.

  13. steve Says:

    But Captain, the bagels are Baptized!

    You methodist dough nutters are so stingy with the sugar. And, let’s not talk about your sacramental Kool-Aid…

    The steady paycheck and job stability are outweighed only by the lack of heavy lifting!

  14. tech Says:

    You wonder why the Atheist is not taken seriously.Proof :Read the above comments.

  15. CaptainZero1969 Says:

    Are to gather then, Tech, that being a religionista requires one to be a humorless prune?

  16. CaptainZero1969 Says:

    And besides, I’m NOT an atheist. I’m a Doughnutter. You should try our transubstantiation rite wherein we turn plain old high fructose corn syrup into glucose within our very bodies! Talk about miraculous!

  17. steve Says:

    Fully 2 of 3 Doughnutters have doubts, and at least a fair percentage have been spotted in a glazed condition. But unlike some other religions, we welcome all, even those who are a little fruity. I happen to like nutty doughnutters.

    Dang, Captain, I still feel offended at your anti-Bagelist bigotry. You need to fully embrace the Holey Culinary Spirit and let her into your organs.

    Most of us really like Pasta as well.

    May you all be touched by his noodley appendage!


    Tech, when it is all made up, what is the difference? Why fight about it? Have some fun.

  18. The Heretic Says:


    Damn, now I am hungry. When’s dinner? Wine doesn’t quite go with the doughnutters though (maybe a cream Sherry?), but I could see a nice Barbera with the noodles, or a light bubbly with some Lox and Bagels? Hmm.

  19. Alavi Hossain Says:

    join the noodley church. u will find so much more purpose and meaning to your life! accept his noodliness as your savior, for it is only by his grace that you may gain wisdom!

    Noodle alone understands the way to wisdom; He knows where it can be found. R’amen.-Maruchan 18:14

  20. John Says:

    I’m gone’a have to go back on the sauce, all…

  21. Atheist MC Says:

    You wonder why the Atheist is not taken seriously.Proof :Read the above comments.

    Odd, most theists take humour very seriously.

  22. Steve Says:

    AMC… …they take it as gospel.

    At least, about two thirds of them.

  23. Greg Says:

    Yesterday Solomon wrote: “So you all say theres no God.So you want to prove Gods existence by science,experiments,evidence,theories or measurements?”

    Solomon, Solomon, Solomon….we don’t have to prove anything: you do. You see, we’re not making any claim, you are.

    But you know what, we’ll wait here while you accumulate that proof and bring it to us, k?

    Run along now, Sparky.

  24. Holysmokes Says:

    Sparky? What a great name for a doughnut.

  25. Steve Says:

    Or a hole.

  26. solomon Says:

    Dear Greg,
    “So you all say theres no God.So you want to prove Gods existence by science,experiments,evidence,theories or measurements?”
    Can’t you see the ‘???’ Question mark on my statement Greg?That means I’am just implying that you want to prove, not claiming.GOTCH YOU…

  27. Rozmarija Grauds Says:

    To Holysmokes— those Anglican clergy are doing a good JOB, it’s true. They don’t have to believe in a deity in order to keep “religion” on a smooth track. Believing in a God is “faith”, something personal to people so inclined. “Religion” on the other hand is not only a social construct, it is a business, and a Big Business when it comes to the RCC. Unless there are feet-on-the-ground clerics such as Anglican bishops who often seem atheist, one runs the risk of rampant Kool-Ade parties. As long as there are people with a mindset to desire the idea of an afterlife, there will be religions. Isn’t it better that conducting the business is in the hands of rational leaders?

  28. Greg Says:

    Nice try Solomon.

    But you can’t all of a sudden try to use your poor English skills as a defense against your stupidity. Hasn’t worked in the past, so there’s no reason why it should work now.

    “GOTCH YOU” – what, you’re calling me underwear now?