Harvard University just chose an atheist who supports the killing of unborn babies in abortions as its new head chaplain.
The Blaze reports Greg Epstein, a well-known atheist and bestselling author, now is in charge of coordinating activities with the university’s 40 other chaplains and leading undergraduate students in discussions about faith.
Epstein, 44, was raised Jewish but now identifies as an atheist. He has worked at Harvard since 2005 as a “humanist chaplain,” which, according to The Blaze, included “educat[ing] students on how to center their relationships around themselves and one another rather than with God.”
“There is a rising group of people who no longer identify with any religious tradition but still experience a real need for conversation and support around what it means to be a good human and live an ethical life,” he said after the university announced his new position.
Part of his job will be working with other Harvard chaplains who lead the Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist and other religious groups on campus. He also plans to host dinners with undergraduates to discuss questions like “Does God exist?” and “What is the meaning of life?”, according to the report.
His biography on the Harvard website states that Epstein was “described as a ‘godfather to the [humanist] movement’ by the New York Times Magazine,” and named “’one of the top faith and moral leaders in the United States’ by Faithful Internet, a project coordinated by the United Church of Christ with assistance from the Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society, for his efforts to bring together atheists, agnostics, and allies, as part of an ancient and ever-evolving ethical tradition that can be called humanism.”
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He “deeply” believes “in a changing world where faith in humankind has become more difficult to maintain, it is more important than ever to fight for our common humanity, and for each other,” according to his biography.
Epstein also supports abortion. On his podcast in November, he expressed concern about the U.S. going back to the days of “unsafe, illegal abortion,” according to his Twitter account.
And in May 2019, he defended abortion as a woman’s decision and shared how his mother had several abortions before he was born. He wrote: “My mother had multiple abortions when she was young, before I was born. Who can say for sure it was the ‘best’ decision?. But it was HER decision. And she was an amazing mother who had the wisdom to teach me women’s bodies are their own & that’s good news for men too.”
The issue of abortion and unborn babies’ rights has support and opposition from people of all faiths and no faith. There are pro-life atheists and pro-abortion Christians, but it is no secret that the pro-life movement has strong support among Christians. Christianity teaches that every human being is valuable because he/she is created in the image of God and Christians are called to protect and defend the most vulnerable in society, including children.