Recapping Part 1: Links To Key Posts From My First 15 Days On FTB

There is a growing number of great comments on my previous posts which I want to address in blog posts, there are a handful of posts for which I have promised follow ups which are overdue, and there are a number of other new topics roaming around in my head which I want to get down. If my day and night jobs and my job applications did not have me so busy, I would keep churning out new posts this weekend.

But, alas, I need today and tomorrow to catch up with my responsibilities.

Fortunately today marks the 2 month anniversary of the day Camels With Hammers unofficially moved over to Freethought Blogs. Even though the site was not fully visible until September 1, I posted a few big posts. So this is a natural place to pause and put up a post encouraging you to catch up with the archives instead of offering you new material.

So, I have logged my first 61 days on the network and it has been an extraordinary experience for which I am very grateful. I am thankful to Ed and PZ for giving me this incredible opportunity, to my co-bloggers who have been forming a community I am proud to belong to, and to you readers who regularly challenge, impress, humble, and encourage me.

While I take the weekend to get my life in order, I offer you four posts over two days, listing of the highlight posts from the first 61 days ofCamels With Hammers on Freethought Blogs so you can catch up on whatever parts of the ride which interest you but which you may have missed the first time. I’ll be back Monday to regularly blog all next week. I hope to see you then and hope to be attending to more of your comments as time allows thereafter.

For new readers (both two months ago and today), here is my introductory message in which I explained what this site is all about: Hello Freethought Blogs!

Here is my invitation for you to ask me anything off topic (from the mundane to the revealing) about me that might interest you: Ask Me Anything. I will answer any questions left this weekend next week.

Ever wonder what I mean to refer to by the phrase “Camels With Hammers”? Ever feel like there is a double standard wherein the personal religious experiences of religious people are considered unquestionable in our culture but the personal religious experiences of those who abandon their faiths are disparaged as rude to religious people? Here I rail against having my religious experience marginalized just because it led me to apostasy: Apostasy As A Religious Act (Or “Why A Camel Hammers The Idols of Faith”)

August 23rd, I tried to explain Why Atheism Is Important To Advancing Proper Skepticism to skeptics who are frustrated with the growing conflation of the skeptic and atheist movements.

August 28th, I made the case for an atheist’s conception of humility without the pitfalls of Christian ones and how this might help someone recover from addictions without any false belief in a “higher power”: Will Power, Humility, And Discipline

August 29th, I realized I was guilty of Humblebragging.

August 30th, I floated the idea that we might reply to the canard that “there are no atheists in foxholes” with a counter-absurdity to highlight its absurdity. My suggestion was “And There Are No Christians In Med School”.

August 31st, I pointed out that since atheism could be a metaphysical conclusion, and not just a “lack of belief”, that Atheism Is Not Just A Subset of Skepticism. That same day I enumerated how even though atheism was distinct from skepticism, nonetheless it was of distinct value for skeptics, in my post Addressing Skepticism About Atheism’s Value To Skepticism.

September 1st, I officially launched and was visible site-wide. I began a series of posts overviewing my general views on key topics I regularly cover. I started with a post on What I Think About Metaethics in which I laid out my general views previously discussed on the blog on the foundations of objective morality and provided key links for further reading. That same day, I delineated the numerous ways that a political candidate should rightly be interrogated on his or her religious beliefs: 9 Vital Points About The Public Relevance of Political Candidates’ Religious Beliefs. And I covered a specific example of a politician reasoning badly in public based on poor religious thinking in a post on an acerbic Rick Santorum’s attack on homosexuality: Santorum’s Hypocrisy and Backwardness on Questions of Epistemic Authority. That same inaugural day on FTB, I quoted and elaborated on remarks from fellow new FTBers Greta Christina and Stephanie Zvan, and talked about the ways that certain forms of personal accommodation of people’s religions were tantamount to implicitly letting oneself become subject to those religions, even when one ostensibly did not believe in them: How Atheists Treat Religious Dictates As Holy.

September 2nd, I continued my introductory overview posts in which I summarized my views and provided links to important posts on those topics. That afternoon I covered What I Think About Faith And ReligionWhat I Think About The Existence of GodWhat I Think About The Relationships Between Science, Philosophy, and Faith, and What I Think About How To Engage Religious Liberals, Moderates, and Fundamentalists.

September 3rd, I talked about why we should not have an overly skeptical definition of knowledge that led us to overstate the limits of knowledge whereby we thought of ourselves as having none whatsoever in my key post: Mostly True, Not Mostly False.

September 4th, I defended atheist attempts to deconvert people and talked about how I thought we needed to go about it so that we could scrupulously avoid the vices of notorious religious evangelists, in my recap of previous posts with links: What I Think About “Evangelical Atheism”.

September 5th, I talked about (and provided copious links about) What I Think About The Need For Atheist Solidarity and Activism.

September 6th, I challenged the idea that always defaulting to refrain from belief rather than believe when there is uncertainty is not rational. We should strictly proportion beliefs to degrees of warrant, not prejudice ourselves always towards caution: Believing Too Little Is As Bad As Believing Too Much

 

 

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.

  • PEZ

    You always need to remember that when a scientist does a book or video for the general public, it is most often to present speculative ideas. This can lead to a program of research, the results of which can convince the majority of their fellow scientists of the probable truth of their ideas, but until this happens I would be leery of using the phrase the phrase “Science tells us that …”.

    • PEZ

      Oops. This comment goes with the Hawking video below, not the post above.


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