Teresa MacBain has a secret, one she's terrified to reveal.My guess is that her church is now wondering why they ever hired a female pastor in the first place.
"I'm currently an active pastor and I'm also an atheist," she says. "I live a double life. I feel pretty good on Monday, but by Thursday — when Sunday's right around the corner — I start having stomachaches, headaches, just knowing that I got to stand up and say things that I no longer believe in and portray myself in a way that's totally false."
MacBain glances nervously around the room. It's a Sunday, and normally she would be preaching at her church in Tallahassee, Fla. But here she is, sneaking away to the American Atheists' convention in Bethesda, Md.
Hypocrisy is the state of pretending to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that one does not actually have. Hypocrisy involves the deception of others and is thus a kind of lie. ...You might also see this definition of a hypocrite:
Hypocrisy is not simply failing to practice those virtues that one preaches. ... Thus, an alcoholic's advocating temperance, for example, would not be considered an act of hypocrisy as long as the alcoholic made no pretense of constant sobriety.
A person who professes beliefs and opinions that he or she does not hold in order to conceal his or her real feelings or motivesSo a Christian preacher is not a hypocrite just because he is a sinner. Christianity teaches that all men are sinners. A black man is not a hypocrite just because he is a Republican. A taxpayer is not a hypocrite just because he favors higher taxes. But a Christian preacher is a hypocrite if she secretly promotes atheism in her spare time.