An Atheist in the Chaplain’s Foxhole
The Wall Street Journal has a fascinating article about Navy Chaplain (Lt) Terry Moran and his armed escort, Chaplain’s assistant RP2 Philip Chute.
Chaplain Moran is a Seventh Day Adventist. Specialist Chute is an atheist. The subtitle says it all: “This Chaplain is Protected by God…and by an Atheist…at War.”
Lt. Moran takes the Bible at its word, rejects the evolution of species and believes the Earth to be 6,000 years old. He carries a large Bible with him into the combat zone, while RP2 Chute totes writings of Richard Dawkins, the evolutionary biologist and fierce critic of the notion that God designed the universe.
If nothing else, it appears the two have a respect for their relative roles:
RP2 Chute was senior among Lt. Moran’s possible assistants. More importantly, he already had two combat tours under his belt, while Lt. Moran hadn’t yet seen a bullet fly. In the end, Lt. Moran says, he chose experience over faith…
“It’s frustrating to listen to him tell people things I know not to be true, but I know it’s not my place to get involved when people come to him for help,” [Chute] said later.
The article seems almost intentionally unflattering to Chaplain Moran, but the story is worth the read.
Via the Military Chaplains Association.