What Closed-Mindedness and Open-Mindedness Actually Entail

Yesterday, I offered 10 tips for religious people who want to reach out to atheists. Joseph wants me to mention one more thing:

Very good! One thing that you missed and would have lived to see is the accusation from theists to us heathens that we are narrow minded or closed minded. This drives me nuts, because they are the ones that choose 1 specific flavor of the religion out of 10′s of thousands as being the only write religion with the 1 true interpretation of their ‘holy’ book, while all the other ones are wrong. They try to lay that one on us for the reason that we Atheists call for independently verifiable evidence and call BS on their supernatural claims.

Yes, this is quite a good point, so below is my favorite resource for explaining to the faithful who think we skeptical people are closed-minded what true open-mindedness entails :

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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.

  • Joseph Brauer

    Now the blog went from good to wonderful and was happy that you used my rant. At that time, I just got done debating a creationist and was really agrivated. Seing that I am not the only one that is driven nuts about this, makes me feel better.

    I should have done a little proof reading before I posted. I can see a number of typos. LOL! When I get going, my grammar goes into the garbage.


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