Debate On The Existence Of An Afterlife

The other day, I posted a fantastic, must-see (and must-spread) rebuke from Christopher Hitchens to those who harass and bully dying atheists in hospitals in hopes of converting them. I have had a couple requests for the full video from which the clip comes, so by popular demand, I offer it here (sight unseen) for those interested:

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The topic is “Is There An Afterlife?” and the video features Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, David Wolpe, and Bradley Artson.

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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.

  • Stevarious

    Sweet! Thanks!

  • http://triangulations.wordpress.com Sabio Lantz

    This was fantastic. Thanx for posting it.

  • http://edthemanicstreetpreacher.wordpress.com/ manicstreetpreacher

    Two overriding memories from this debate:

    1. Harris’ opener about how the afterlife is a concept aimed at trying to convince ourselves that 9 million children dying each year before they reach 5 years old has some kind of ultimate purpose; and

    2. Hitch’s steamrollering of the rationale behind evangelicals attempting to convert people on their deathbeds.

    Classic!


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