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Jerry DeWitt: An Ex-Pastor’s Journey from Belief to Atheism



Jerry DeWitt, author of the book “Hope After Faith: An Ex-Pastor’s Journey from Belief to Atheism,” tells the riveting story of losing his faith while in the pulpit, then losing almost everything else after his community turned on him. Join FFRF Co-Presidents Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor as they interview Jerry, a member of The Clergy Project. (You won’t want to miss Jerry’s example of “freethought preaching.”) Learn more about the Freedom From Religion Foundation at ffrf.org.

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myp410up
myp410up
8 months ago

Wonderful and poignant presentation. Very inspirational and uplifting, too. Thank you. (Parody of "The Sound Of Silence" by Simon & Garfunkel) Hello, Science my old friend You have enlightened me again A hopeful vision that's worth keeping Waking up a world that is still sleeping Clinging to ancient outdated lies So unwise Let's hear the sound of Science In darkness we lived for many years Our lives ruled by superstitious fears With clerics and their hateful preaching Kept us from the stars that we're now reaching Till our eyes were opened with a flash of intellect Now we accept The… Read more »

Rlammbo
Rlammbo
8 months ago

Haven't seen Jerry for a while and was actually scared he went back to the church. What a relief.

You too
You too
8 months ago

Born into a mormon family in Louisiana so living in the Bible Belt i had a heavy dose of mormonism AND Christianity. I believed in all that stuff with a little doubt and skepticism here and there which only grew more and more AFTER i left the mormon church and joined a non denom church. Today i call myself agnostic.

Cathy Gruman
Cathy Gruman
8 months ago

Love you Annie and Dan. Jerry Dewitt is one of my faves too. Great interview.

godless glk
godless glk
8 months ago

It would be interesting to see how “Pentecostal” atheist talk or debating a Theist. I am open-minded when people say how they got out of
the pulpit.

Y34RZERO
Y34RZERO
8 months ago

He's brave for doing this. I live about 20 minutes from where deridder is. I have never told anyone here I'm an Atheist. I did at another place before I moved here that was still in the same Parish. I had threats of harm just for saying I didn't believe. I didn't argue religion. Just for the statement I had threats and harassment until I moved to another town across the parish. I'm still here but stay silent because of how some people would react to it.

Matt Barton
Matt Barton
8 months ago

Jerry has been an inspiration to me.

Chris Hollis
Chris Hollis
8 months ago

You go Jerry!

Ticotech Houston
Ticotech Houston
8 months ago

Ron Reagan? wow!

Rolf Simonsson
Rolf Simonsson
8 months ago

To me it was an easy thing to shake off religion. But I can see the difficulty in Ethans situation and therefore I look up to his bravery and ability to open up his mind to reason. A true hero in my book!

Sydney V.
Sydney V.
8 months ago

I was raised Roman Catholic, I was 14 the first time I attended a service with a neighbor and saw someone fall on the floor speaking in tongues, I thought he was having a medical emergency and panicked. I tried to hold him still so he wouldn't hit his head and was about to make sure his airway was clear when he snapped out if it and stated yelling at me, the congregation was not amused. I left through the side door and was not invited back.

Mike Perkins
Mike Perkins
8 months ago

Shepard's fleece, fk and eat their flock.
They promise you heaven to steal this world.
The religious are an obtuse lot of sheep.

Neil Forbes
Neil Forbes
8 months ago

A faith healer who healed himself of faith…. classic line!

David Sabillon
David Sabillon
8 months ago

Such a powerful story. I too really believed and it took me about ten years to admit to myself I didn't believe, never mind my family. Thank you for sharing 🤝

Jaime P
Jaime P
8 months ago

loved Kristina's segment!!!

Scott Worthington
Scott Worthington
8 months ago

Great to see Jerry DeWitt out and about after stories of some recent unpleasantness. You've got a lot of friends, Jerry. Friends you've never met. Friends that are part of your community. Friends that are ready to help, if asked.
Know that you are loved, Brother Jerry.

ntr10me
ntr10me
8 months ago

Thank you for having Jerry on the show. This was a very satisfying interview. I wish you guys all the best.

John Wright
John Wright
8 months ago

Mr. DeWitt saw the real light at the end of the tunnel and that is atheism.

jmaniak1
jmaniak1
8 months ago

Thank you Dan, Annie, and Jerry for exposing religion as the harmful waste of time it is. Because I grew up at a time without internet I didn’t know there were others with the same questions and doubts I had. The quality of life is so much better without religion and knowing the skeptical community is growing. Superstitious beliefs will forever be irreconcilable with reality.

Bob H
Bob H
8 months ago

Great show, everyone. Very interesting. 👍 👍 👍
However, Pentecost (from the Greek) means "fiftieth," not "forty/fortieth." Pentecost refers to the Jewish festival fifty days after Passover (Feast of Weeks, or The Feast of Fifty Days, in rabbinic tradition).
Just to clarify.

dineshdharme
dineshdharme
8 months ago

What a wonderful interview!! Now onto binge watching Jerry DeWitt's videos on YouTube. Thanks for doing this. It helps a lot to others.

RDE Lutherie
RDE Lutherie
8 months ago

Jerry DeWitt is cool; Love the preacher act. If there was any truth to religion, they wouldn't need all of the persuasion tactics, force, and fake authority. Most people, have a natural sense of rationalization, and simply handing them a bible with the words "Read it, for yourself, and make your own conclusions", should be enough for anyone to see that it's full of crap! Sadly, one of the main focuses of religious indoctrination is to thwart natural development of rational thought and replace it with a false sense of security and blind trust of authority at a very young… Read more »

James Skelton
James Skelton
8 months ago

Brother Jerry Good to see him again

D D
D D
8 months ago

Are you sure there is no god? I mean with time standing still for Annie Laurie and her apparent lack of signs of aging.

Robert Brazzell
Robert Brazzell
8 months ago

Great show as always.

RhondaH
RhondaH
8 months ago

Great to see Jerry. Another Louisianian here. Thanks for having him on.

Gracie Cat
Gracie Cat
8 months ago

"LOVE YOURSELF FIRST!" Darwin!

Gracie Cat
Gracie Cat
8 months ago

Jerry is one very handsome man!

SunnySews
SunnySews
8 months ago

Wonderful Interview and Christina put into words everything that I've been thinking! #FFRF

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