A prominent humanist who does not believe in God has been slated by Harvard University to be its new lead chaplain.
Yes, you read that correctly. The chaplain of a university that was founded to train American ministers in the “Truth for Christ and the Church” is now an atheist.
This week, The New York Times reported that Greg Epstein, who has already served as the school’s humanist chaplain for years, has been promoted to president of the organization of chaplains.
Epstein is also the author of the book, “Good Without God.” His election to the post was reportedly unanimous.
I'm obliged and honored to share personal news: I've been elected president of my @HarvardChaplain colleagues, and the brilliant @emmabgo wrote about it for the @nytimes. Will add a 🧵here, later today.
"The New Chief Chaplain at Harvard? An Atheist."https://t.co/m5rZEqHnQV
— Greg M. Epstein (@gregmepstein) August 26, 2021
The new chief chaplain will be responsible for coordinating the activities of the over 40 university chaplains, who serve the school’s Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, and other faith denominations.
“Maybe in a more conservative university climate there might be a question like ‘What the heck are they doing at Harvard, having a humanist be the president of the chaplains?’” Margit Hammerstrom, the Christian Science chaplain at Harvard, told the Times. “But in this environment it works. Greg is known for wanting to keep lines of communication open between different faiths.”
“Greg’s leadership isn’t about theology,” student Charlotte Nickerson said of Epstein’s influence on the student body. “It’s about cooperation between people of different faiths and bringing together people who wouldn’t normally consider themselves religious.”
Epstein holds the humanist ideals that, as the title of his book states, one does not need to believe in God to be good to others and chooses to encourage students to develop relationships with each other which the Times says has influenced many to examine their own faith more deeply.
“We don’t look to a god for answers,” Epstein says. “We are each other’s answers.”
This may be well and good to humanists, but to those who fear the God of the Bible, it is both blasphemous and foolishness.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Pro. 1:7)
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