Pat Condell’s Case Against The Catholic Church

After a tasteless joke early on, he’s justly scathing and deserves to be heard:

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Christians are too blithe when they distinguish the evils perpetuated by Christian institutions from those same institutions’ claims to moral and spiritual authority as founded by God or, at least, to their being the church of God at all. How in the world could a morally perfect God create institutions expressly for the purpose of spiritually and morally perfecting human beings and let them become so utterly indistinguishable from any other institutions in terms of their possible corruptibility?

You can’t have it both ways, you can’t believe an institution is divinely formed for transmission of divine truths and simultaneously concede that it is as fallible as the human beings who run it. Because then why not just draw the logical conclusion, that those who instituted were simply fallible human beings, all its claims are fallible, and that it itself has no intrinsic claim to moral or spiritual authority? What besides brainwashing from infancy into considering the church somehow set apart, somehow a holy institution and an authority, when there is not the slightest evidence of any such thing?

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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.


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