Chaplain John Figdor has a divinity degree from Harvard. He counsels those in need and visits the sick. And he works with Stanford students under the Office of Religious Life.
So Figdor is the last guy you'd tag with the "A" word.
But, yes. The chaplain is an atheist.
are shocked when I tell them," Figdor said. "But atheist, agnostic and
humanist students suffer the same problems as religious students -
deaths or illnesses in the family, questions about the meaning of life,
etc. - and would like a sympathetic nontheist to talk to."
28, is one of a growing number of faith-free chaplains at universities,
in the military and in the community who believe that nonbelievers can
benefit from just about everything religion offers except God.
FWIW Stanford is first... but many are sure to follow... Chaplains who will give their unbelievers the full counsel of nothing at all...