Spotlight on FFRF’s Sunday TV show plays on non-believers ‘caught in the pulpit’
The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Free Thought Matters” TV show this Sunday highlights a new off-Broadway play about disbelieving clergy that received applause from The New York Times.
“The Unbelieving,” currently playing at an off-Broadway theater at 59East59, is about clergy, ministers, and priests who lose their faith and become unbelievers. The play is based on interviews conducted for the book Taken to the Pulpit: Leaving Belief Behindwritten by Professor Daniel Dennett of Tufts University and researcher Linda LaScola (pictured in the piece).
Dennett, an honorary board member of the FFRF, is the author of many popular books, including the best-selling Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon. Dennett is also, along with FFRF co-chair Dan Barker and acclaimed thinker Richard Dawkins, co-founder of The Clergy Project, which helps pastors and ministers and rabbis and imams who find themselves caught in the pulpit. Dennett joins “Free Thought Matters” to talk about “The Unbelieving.”
Also on the show is the creative consultant and theater producer for “The Unbelieving.” Megan Kingery is a Broadway and film producer who served as executive director of the film “The Subject” and co-producer of the musical “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812.” Kingery is the person largely responsible for driving “The Unbelieving” on stage.
“Since I wrote the book Break the spell, I told people who will listen that religion is dying,” Dennett told “Free Thought Matters” co-hosts Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor. “Let him die gracefully. Let’s help injured people. Let’s take them seriously. Let’s console them if we can. Let’s respect them and help them get out of their fantasies. And I think this game will go far.
If you don’t live in the top quarter of the country where the show airs on Sunday, you can watch the interview on the FFRF YouTube channel. New shows come up every Thursday. You can also receive notifications when we release new episodes of “Free Thought Matters” by subscribing to the playlist on the FFRF YouTube channel.
Upcoming shows will feature actor John de Lancie (who plays “Q” in the new “Star Trek: Picard” series), ACLU’s Dan Mach and award-winning novelist John Irving (The world according to Garp). This fall season already features must-see interviews with Texas iconoclast Jim Hightower (who received the FFRF’s Clarence Darrow Award at its recent annual convention), constitutional abortion expert Professor Geoffrey Stone, Professor Anthea Butler and Katherine Stewart, incisive commentators on white Christian nationalism. , and Washington Post atheist columnist Kate Cohen.
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