This Could Actually Turn Me Catholic

As any one who knows me knows I find the idea that there is something supernaturally powerful and life saving, even god-incarnating, about Doritos pretty freaking compelling. Based on my experience with Doritos and my experience with communion wafers, only the former make any sense as a possible conduit in which Jesus comes back to a physical body.  I could also believe that the Dorito is God since I know most of my body comes from Doritos and I have many moments in which I ecstatically unite myself to them.  I even committed to them while attending a religious school and I have long been inclined to evangelize about them, even to my students.

So I don’t get why Catholics are upset. (And, in all seriousness, both the conservatives and the liberals among them alike, if they have any sense of humor, should welcome the discussions of the merits and limits of modernizing practices to make mass more appealing and should contemplate why a wafer is any more sensible, logical, realistic, or less blasphemous, material to say God inhabits than a Dorito is). And, of course, even if Catholics or other Christians do find this blasphemous, that should not be a curb on what other people feel entitled to do. As I argued just the other day, you don’t get to be a major cultural institution without affecting other people and thereby giving them the right to artistically express their own thoughts, even satirical or simply silly as in this case, about you.

Also, there’s a way to vote for this commercial to play during the Super Bowl and for the love of Almighty Dorito I beg you to do so!

(All links about this commercial above courtesy of your Friendly Atheist. )

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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.

  • Jeff Sherry

    I don’t know Dan, one would have to really enjoy Doritos to envision the Pope replacing the host. Maybe the Graham cracker would be a better replacement if you consider it was invented to curb sexual cravings (Graham was probably a protestant).


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