Linda LaScola is a research consultant perhaps best known for her work with philosopher Daniel Dennett in which they speak with pastors who may secretly be atheists. (You can read that paper here.)
She co-founded the Clergy Project — a site for religious leaders harboring serious doubts about their faith — and she is about to re-release her book on the topic, Caught in the Pulpit: Leaving Belief Behind, with updates and additions. She also blogs on Patheos at Rational Doubt, a site that features several articles by doubting pastors.
We spoke with LaScola about how the Clergy Project began, whether coming out as an atheist (when you’re a pastor) is a good or bad idea, and the surprising book that finally turned one pastor into an atheist.