The most recent issue (July 27, 2010) of the Christian Century hit my desk today. There are two very valuable articles on megachurches in it, about which I may have more to say later. However, what immediately caught my eye was a little piece title "False Shepherds." It reads as follows:
"For clergy, losing faith is not only an occupational hazard, it's often a huge and burdensome secret. If they remain in the pulpit, it's because they need a job, or to protect their own family or congregation from the secret they carry. In a study reported in the journal Evolutionary Psychology, a common denominator among pastors who claim to have lost their faith is exposure to historical-critical study of the Bible in seminary. These pastors are often protected from having to divulge their secret by denominational and congregational processes that scrutinize pastoral candidates for their pastoral and relational skills but only superficially test candidates' theological commitments (RNS)." ("False Shepherds," Christian Century [Juuly 27, 2010]: 8).