The First “‘Nuff Said” Award

I love posters who disagree with me and through doing so open up whole new questions and angles to pursue, so everybody please keep your thoughtful and insightful challenges and contrasting opinions rolling in in the comments section.

But every now and then there’s a different delight reading your comments and that’s the one that comes from a comment I agree with completely and can only reply with a tip of the hat and the words “’nuff said.”  Yesterday I was thinking it’s a little unfair and not a strong enough measure of my gratitude to some of these commentators that I have not reposted their remarks as prominently as I do those who challenge me when I base whole new posts on their challenges and begin those posts with reprints of their comments.

So, we begin remedying this with the “‘Nuff Said” series in which you commentators hit a nail on the head exceptionally well and I acknowledge it in a special post.  Hopefully we will see the day when traffic of great intellects is heavy enough that there are numerous great candidates per day who can vie for the distinction.   In the meantime, Dave and I will feature a ‘Nuff Said acknowledgment only occasionally when a remark strikes us as especially worthy of attention.

So, the first ‘Nuff Said winner is Oblio quoting one of his favorite literary works:

One of my fave authors, Robert Heinlein, wrote a novella in 1940 titled ‘If This Goes On…’ about a future USA where religion has become the government, ruled by The Prophet, and freethinkers are slaughtered and imprisoned for heresy. When a newcomer to the secular underground questions theeir motives, a leader says “When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, ‘This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know,’ the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives. Mighty little force is needed to control a man whose mind has been hoodwinked; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, a man whose mind is free. No, not the rack, not fission bombs, not anything – you can’t conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him.” These words written over 60 years ago are more relevant now than ever. Just found your blog recently and now pop in every day. Many thanks… keep up the pressure, baby!

Amazingly, immediately after I finished reading this inspiring post about the need to stand up and fight for freedom of thought, the song below came on on my i-pod, which I took as a sign from the God I don’t believe in that I should keep up my work attacking faith:

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Even COOLER—the next R.E.M. song on my ipod after that one gave me a strong indication that not only does the God I don’t believe in want me to continue blogging on behalf of atheism but that I might actually be Superman!

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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.