What he said:

Daniel Dennett on the recent Pew study that showed atheists/agnostics scoring higher than most religious folks:
So the Pew results are no doubt actually somewhat stronger than they first appear: The more you know about religions, the less likely you are to believe religious creeds and myths and thus the more likely you are to be an atheist or agnostic, whether or not you are affiliated with, or even clergy in, a church.

Many of those who have thought long and hard about religions – and hence know the answers – don’t actually believe the doctrines that they rightly identify as belonging to the church they are affiliated with.

from The Unbelievable Truth: Why America has become a nation of religious know-nothings

The other line worth mentioning is from the closing of the article, where Dennett mentions his research involving nonbelieving clergy members:

when discussing our first pilot study of closeted non-believing (or other-believing) clergy, we often heard two jokes about the seminary experience that was part of the training of most clergy: “If you emerge from seminary still believing in God, you haven’t been paying attention,” and “Seminary is where God goes to die.”

hmmm. I think Jerry would agree with those two statements.

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