Harvard Groups: Atheist Head ‘Chaplain’ Will Have ‘No Influence’ on Religious Life

Harvard Groups: Atheist Head ‘Chaplain’ Will Have ‘No Influence’ on Religious Life


Two faith-based organizations associated with Harvard University have claimed the New York Times story about the unanimous election of an atheist humanist as head “chaplain” at the school was mischaracterized since the role is “purely administrative” and has “no influence.”

The Harvard Catholic Center and the school’s Christian Alumni Society defended the decision of more than 40 chaplains to elect atheist Greg Epstein, author of Good Without God, to be its new president of the chaplains’ organization.

“There is a rising group of people who no longer identify with any religious tradition but still experience a real need for conversation and support around what it means to be a good human and live an ethical life,” Epstein told the New York Times, where he was presented as having arisen to the role largely because university students have grown increasingly secular.

“We don’t look to a god for answers,” he said. “We

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