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From faithful Catholic priest to atheist psychologist: leaving the fold to find real joy in this life - U can 2 - "The more joy you find, the more joy WE find."

Background Information

As a naive young priest, Father Uhl believed and preached the standard Catholic beliefs and traditions for almost ten years after his ordination. Then, following much study, meditation, and a near fatal accident, he realized he had become a sincere agnostic about the old supernatural "truths" learned in his pre-rational youth.

On leaving the Benedictine monastery and priesthood, he earned his Ph.D. in psychology. His private practice thrived as he enjoyed helping his clients shuck their old guilts and fears--as he taught them to drop their harmful habits and outdated superstitions.

His book, Out of God's Closet: This Priest Psychologist Chooses Friendly Atheism, shows how thinking persons can likewise enjoy the enlightened selfishness that drives them to make our shared world more friendly; thoughtful, enlightened selfishness, without any supernatural supervision, makes a modified Golden Rule most practical for our small planet.


Academic degrees conferred:
1958---S.T.L. in Theology, Catholic U. of Am., Wash., DC
1975---Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, Loyola U., Chicago, IL

Licenses, certificates, and memberships:
1954---Teaching Certificate, Secondary (IL)
1956---Ordination to Priesthood (Catholic Church)
1973---Certified School Psychologist (IL)
1976---Full Member American Psychological Assn.
1976---Full Member American Orthopsychiatric Association
1977---Full Member American Society of Clinical Hypnosis
1977---Member Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis
1978---National Register of Health Service Providers in Psych.
1982---Admitted as Fellow in American Orthopsychiatric Assn.
1986---Certified Stress Management Trainer (Institute for Personality and Ability Testing)
1989---Preferred Provider for Gen. Psych. Services, Wash., DC
1992---Listed in Who’s Who Among Human Services Professionals
2003---Member Society of Southwest Authors

Additional Information

When I learned I had prostate cancer, I began writing an intimate letter to my extended family. This developed into my 2009 book, Out of God's Closet: This Priest Psychologist Chooses Friendly Atheism. The little book shows how I did and how everyone can shuck supernatural superstition and find joy in helping others find joy in this the real world.

Contact Information
Golden Rule Publishers
13401 Rancho Vistoso Blvd. Unit 174
Oro Valley AZ 85755   USA
Contact Author: Stephen Uhl
Favorite Links

Out of God's Closet
This site concentrates on acquainting others with my recent book and links to other sites working to spread progressive and friendly atheistic values.

No Gods No Guilt (podcast)
The author of Out of God's Closet reads consecutive sections of the book for easy listening by everyone.

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