The Evil Atheist Philosophy Professor Vs. A Piece Of Chalk

In response to a long running urban legend/chain intellectually insulting e-mail (which Snopes has a really good write up of here) comes this terrific comic stripization:

2009-07-01-chalk Chaospetdotcom

(UPDATE, MARCH 19, 2014: The chain e-mail satirized above has now inspired a feature film that is due in theaters this weekend. I have written a review of the trailer called “The Atheist Philosophy Professor Strikes Back”.)

The version of this story that deserves a separate cartoon of its own is a really disgusting one in which the professor’s closing challenge to God is to strike him down if he is real. And the student at the end is a MARINE JUST BACK from IRAQ and he walks up to the professor and knocks his lights out and says, “God was busy so he sent me.” (capitalization as it appears in the e-mail)

A perfect distillation of contemporary American right wing irrationalism, authoritarianism, and theocratic fantasies.

Thanks to Chaospet for permission to reproduce their cartoon.  Hat tip to The Philosophy Smoker for the find and for some interesting ranting about more apocryphal philosophy stories.

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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.

  • RobertDW

    The version of the story I like is where the “evil atheist professor” is also an unarmed combat instructor, who takes the marine down, then proceeds to lecture on how religious fundamentalism provokes violence because “true believers” are convinced they do God’s work, which excuses them from Man’s law.

  • Dan Fincke

    Dude, I gotta get on YOUR chain e-mail list!

  • BlackSun

    Yeah, it’s always something like a piece of chalk or a banana. Why can’t the lord of the universe do something impressive like carve out a new ocean, or raise up a new mountain overnight? Or stop a tsunami and save 240,000 lives?

    Absurd, and funny cartoon… thanks!

  • Daniel Fincke

    Something impressive? Don’t you remember, Black Sun the time there was that whole SECULAR football stadium that he inspired to break out into prayer after the PA announcement of a brave and GODLIY principal stood up for OUR RELIGIOUS RIGHTS!!!