Harvard University: God, Deader Than a Doornail


Assessment: In 1811, the first graduate program for ministerial candidates was organized; and in 1816, Harvard Divinity School itself was established to ensure that “every encouragement be given to the serious, impartial, and unbiased investigation of Christian truth.” The Divinity School, the first nonsectarian theological school.

Front Page Mag: When it became known that the new chief chaplain at Harvard University was an atheist, there was considerable international chatter. People wanted to know: Who is this atheist who has never seen the inside of a foxhole?

Greg Epstein, 44, author of “Good Without God: What a Billion Nonreligious People Do Believe, a 2010 New York Times bestseller, has been the humanist chaplain at Harvard since 2005. Epstein, who describes himself as a humanist/atheist, was elected President of the University Chaplains’ Organization by more than 30 of his fellow chaplains.

 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.” Psalm 14:1

His election was met by cheers from woke religious communities, especially ‘reconfigured’ Protestant Christian denominations that are now a shadow of their former orthodox selves. The Harvard Catholic Chaplains released a statement emphasizing the “administrative nature of the presidency,” a coy way of suggesting that administrators have no ideological power or influence but are there merely to arrange meetings, smooth out possible irreconcilable differences between people, give introductions at lectures and carry big briefcases as they go from place to place. God may be dead but the intricate business of humanity is endless.

The selection of Epstein as head university chaplain should come as no surprise. Read More