Harvard University, the elite institution founded by Puritans to train ministers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, has selected a devout atheist to serve as its chief chaplain.
Greg Epstein was named president of the chaplains for the religious community at the school after serving as Harvard’s “humanist chaplain” since 2005, the New York Times reported.
The university, with the motto “Truth for Christ and the Church,” was founded by in 1636 and named for pastor John Harvard.
Epstein, 44, was ordained as a Humanist Rabbi by the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism. He’s the author of a 2010 book titled “Good Without God: What A Billion Nonreligious People Do Believe.”
He explained to the Times that being a humanist rabbi means combining “Jewish culture with the belief that this world is all we have.”
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