à tout à l’heure, Shane

For those of you who have followed along this last week, Shane and I have volleyed back and forth 7.5 times in a vigorous, rigorous, and somewhat wide-ranging debate primarily aimed at establishing whether or not religious faith constitutes an illicit appeal to arbitrary authority and whether religions, therefore, can be denounced on epistemological grounds for cultivating bad habits of thought in people.  I said yes to these positions and Shane said no.

Shane is putting the debate on hiatus for the time being to return to his summer research with less distraction.  Hopefully, he will be back later in the summer or fall to pick up where we left off and go some more rounds.  In the meantime, I encourage you to catch up on any of the debate you may have missed and to utilize the comments sections to chime in yourselves on any of the threads of discussion.

Check tomorrow at 3pm for my response to a couple of remarks that Chris has made along the way.  That post will further lay out some of my fundamental qualms with believing on faith.  And some day, I will address comments from Evangelos and Dave which deserve their own separate blog posts.

Thanks again to everyone who reads and especially to everyone who contributes!

Objections to Religious Moderates and Intellecuals 1

Objections to Religious Moderates and Intellectuals 2

Objections to Religious Moderates and Intellectuals 3

Objections to Religious Moderates and Intellectuals 4

On Teleology and Intellectual Virtues and Vices (5)

How Faith Is Not Like Other (Revisable) Reflexive Assumptions (6)

Against Faith and In Defense of Naturalism and Induction (7)

Shane’s Last Word

And from outside of Camels With Hammers, on Facebook, Shane offers this extra retort:

Hey Dan, the 19th Century called, they want their epistemology back

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About Daniel Fincke

Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.