20 Christian Academics Speaking About God

So many religious believers I encounter want to cite the existence of smart religious people as proof enough that their beliefs are rational. Below is a video just demonstrating how unintelligible, contradictory, or explicitly anti-reason many otherwise brilliant and highly credentialed scholars sound when they start actually explaining the religious beliefs that laypeople want to rely on their intelligence to vouch for as rational. It’s a brilliant idea:

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One religious believer, with a PhD himself and an exceptional scholarly record in his field, once tried to pull this fallacious trick on me by pointing out that Thomas Aquinas was a greater philosopher than I am (and admittedly, he definitely is) as a way to just wave away an argument I made to him that Aquinas was wrong but which he himself could not refute. So, you know, since Aquinas was really smart, everyone who has reinvestigated the questions he considered and come up with different answers than the ones he did for 700 years is just wrong. (And, of course, this ignores the existence of philosophers smarter than Aquinas.)

Thanks to Jefferson for the link.

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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.


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