The Pastor Who Came Out As An Atheist On MSNBC

The day after the Reason Rally, Chris Hayes devoted his entire MSNBC show to atheism. Here he interviewed Mike Aus, a pastor who came out as an atheist through the Clergy Project. After the show, Richard Dawkins introduced him to the American Atheists conference and he received a standing ovation. Below is the video of his discussion. That same day Jerry DeWitt, another pastor-turned-atheist graduate of the Clergy Project and the first to go public, gave a memorable presentation for atheists in his southern Pentecostal preaching style. I reviewed that talk the day a week and a half ago.

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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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    I did not know that Hayes did that. Good for him and MSNBC for allowing it. The more stories of Pastors that have left their religions and become atheists that make the national news the better. I think it is safe to assume that the decisions that men like Aus and Dewitt have made and their reasons could serve to inspire other people to draw the same conclusions. I wish we had more news stories like that and less of the type that Nicholas Kristof wrote in today’s NY Times titled “Learning to Respect Religion”.


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