Read Camels With Hammers At Patheos, Starting Today

This is my last post at Freethought Blogs–at least for the foreseeable future. All new Camels With Hammers for the foreseeable future will be featured exclusively at Patheos. After this weekend, all older posts will redirect automatically to the new site at Patheos. Once the archive of the blog is moved to Patheos, I will be shutting off the ability to comment here at the Freethought Blogs version of the blog because those comments would be lost to posterity anyway when the redirects kick in.

The url for the new Camels With Hammers is http://patheos.com/blogs/camelswithhammers

Please update your RSS feeds and/or make a point to come directly to the blog to read me. You will no longer be able to just discover my articles in the sidebars of other Freethought Blogs posts, so I hope you come looking for me. In the future you will have to be wandering the Patheos Atheist portal to just stumble on my writings.

Now, I know that some atheist readers are not happy with the idea of atheist bloggers joining up with Patheos. The majority of the ideas expressed on the total site are religious and theistic in nature. I am not going to like a lot of what the bloggers from the religious channels on the site say any more than many of you are.

But we adamant atheists have a seat at the table for discussion of religion at Patheos. Actually, better than that–we have our own table, and it’s growing in size and hopefully will grow in influence. I will continue to do my damnedest to counter faith, authoritarianism, irrationalism, superstition, dogmatism, fundamentalism, regressiveness, and all the other vices of the major existing religions and theistic philosophies. And the exciting part is that now all of this work will be somewhere where it’s a harder for religious people to ignore it.

When people interested in learning about religion go to Patheos, one of the internet’s central hubs for discussion and information about religion, and click on “blogs”, the first blogs they see listed are those of the Atheist channel and soon the first blog on the Atheist channel that they will see listed will be Camels With Hammers. And so, many of those people looking to learn about religion may just get exposed to my take on the subject first. I find that thought reinvigorating. I feel inspired to start ramping up my blogging rate to what it was during my most prolific periods.

I love the idea of being an ambassador for atheism on a comparative religions site. I want to do my constructive philosophical reasoning about ethics, religion, and atheism right where the religious and the doubters and the openminded can find me. I want to get into debates with the religious bloggers that are going to be surrounding me. I want you, my predominantly atheist readers, to be around and having my back as I tangle with the theists much more often than I have since being at Freethought Blogs. I still intend to write plenty of posts for my predominantly atheist readers. But it will be good for us to talk with others too. I want us to grapple with those who differ from us some more and have some really constructive debates that hopefully sharpen our own views and help to moderate or even obliterate the beliefs of our religious visitors.

I also intend to renew my commitment to blogging on philosophical topics with vigor. Too many people associate philosophical questions with religious answers or with religious sources of supposed information. They turn to religion to try to answer the most fundamental metaphysical, epistemological, metaethical, and ethical questions. While all of these questions can be (and have for centuries been) addressed in purely rational, and religiously neutral (or outright irreligious) ways, too many people do not know this. They will look for these discussions on a religion site. I want them to find rational sophisticated philosophy being done on that site and I want them to start to appreciate how much better the answers generated that way, as opposed to religious ways, are.

Let me say, as I leave, that I love Freethought Blogs a ton. It has barely even sunk in that soon I will not be able to think of myself as part of this network anymore.

I was stunned and elated when Ed and PZ agreed to take me on last year. I had e-mailed Ed the night before as a total shot in the dark and woke up in the morning bracing myself for rejection. Then, once I was accepted, I spent a month paranoid they’d either come to their senses or read some criticism I had written earlier about PZ and rescind the invitation on me. I couldn’t bring myself to fully believe they were giving me this tremendous opportunity and support until September 1 of last year when they linked to me on their blogs and Camels With Hammers became visible on the front page of the website. I have never stopped being incredibly grateful to Ed and PZ for the ways that they have shared the incredible platform that they built for themselves with me and with others so generously and with so much support.

And have I always felt so honored by the opportunity to help define what Freethought Blogs was by the way that I conducted my blogging, by the ways that I contributed to discussions about the nature and the future of the network, and by the unique ways in which I got to participate in the community. It was, and has remained, a serious rush to become colleagues and, in some cases I think, friends with a number of my blogging heroes. I was and remain a huge fan of PZ Myers’s knack for fisking terrible theological and pseudo-biological arguments with clarity, humor, and a gift for teaching, Zinnia Jones’s methodical logical rigor, thoroughness, and concision, Greta Christina’s way of making exercises in philosophical rigor feel so easy, breezy, personal, and conversational, Ophelia Benson’s immense passion and talent for chronicling and combating the suffering of women the world over, Ed Brayton’s moral clarity on civil liberties and his persistent principled resistance to double standards and partisan blindspots, Jen McCreight’s creativity, personability, and ability to tap into the zeitgeist and to change it, CristinaRad’s brash and hilarious defiance of dogmatists, and Matt Dillahunty’s master apologetic skills.

And in addition to all these incredible colleagues whose work I already admired, there were the people who I first really came to either discover or appreciate here. In particular I came to admire Stephanie Zvan’s beautiful way with words and her knack for knowing the most advantageous ways to frame arguments, Ian Cromwell’s consistently illuminating research insights and sense of humor, Hank Fox’s lyricism, exuberance, and infectious idealism, Natalie Reed’s dazzling analytical rigor, intense personal investment, and mind-opening clarity, Maryam Namazie’s amazing bravery, Taslima Nasreen’s righteous anger, Justin Griffith’s fearless honesty, compassion, tenacity, and sense of principle, and Al Stefanelli’s gift for telling impacting personal stories.

Were money not so perennially tight for me, I probably would not have even considered this move. But I am, at present, working at 4-5 schools a semester, teaching 7-9 classes and still in danger of defaulting on my student loans. And I am still unable to make it through the summer without accruing thousands of dollars in credit card debt. I have yet to be able to afford health insurance or had so much as a check up in my adult life. Because of a combination of unpragmatic decisions I made while I was in graduate school, exploitative labor practices in academia, my overbearing workload, and my penchant for using my sparse writing time to blog rather than to write academic papers, it is a realistic possibility that I will never publish enough in philosophy journals in time to land a tenure track job before my doctorate goes “stale” in the profession’s eyes. I will likely never have any job security as a full time professor.

This means that I need to make it on exploitative adjunct teaching wages, money from writing, and money that I make as a private philosophical counselor and tutor. Every dollar counts, especially if I want to build a self-sufficient practice as a philosophical counselor to either supplement my academic teaching or transition out of it. I want to be able to scale back my teaching hours to make that possible.

These financial reasons were what motivated me two weeks ago, after I wrote a post about my financial woes, to seriously think about moving to Patheos. I love Freethought Blogs and felt crummy immediately after committing to leaving the network. But I am also excited to have the chance to counter religious ideas at a place where they are so prevalent and to do open-ended thinking about the philosophy of religion in a place where that’s a natural fit.

There will also be a lot going on at Patheos’s Atheist channel. I will be joining a couple of my closest personal friends from the blogosphere, Richard Wade (of Friendly Atheist’s “Ask Richard” column) and Libby Anne (of Love Joy Feminism, and formerly of Freethought Blogs). I am very much looking forward to rejoining another good friend from FtB, JT Eberhard, so we can resume double teaming religious believers with our “good cop/bad cop” routine. And fellow former Freethought Blogs blogger Chris Hallquist and I will resume our parallel attacks on theism from our contrasting and yet compatible philosophical styles and perspectives.

I am also excited to be joining atheist blogging icon, Hemant Mehta and to blog side by side with the guys from Unreasonable Faith. I used to mooch so many subjects for blog posts off of UF in the early days. And they always patiently indulged me as I shamelessly flogged my blog posts in their comments section–even as I was directly flouting their explicit policy against doing so. It will be nice to share a blog network with them.

And, of course, I will still only be just a mouse click away from all my friends at Freethought Blogs and hope to stay in close touch. That’s the nice thing about “moving away” on the internet. You can still be as present as you always were. I intend to be a close friend to FtB going forward.

So that’s it. It’s been a blast, Freethought Blogs readers. I feel like I have both been challenged and grown a ton through having you here. Thank you to all of you who have contributed to my 1.2 million hits while here. I’m really grateful for all the efforts you have put into reading my writing and debating with me about it. I earnestly hope that I have earned your continued readership at my new Patheos home. I hope that this year at Freethought Blogs has only been the first of many we spend in dialogue with each other.

Your Thoughts?

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.

  • carlie

    I do think your blog will be a good fit there.

    I still haven’t made a Patheos account because I’m at my limit of how many accounts I can deal with, so commenting is out, but I visit over there weekly to read Fred Clark etc. so I’ll just read along.

  • http://criticallyskeptic-dckitty.blogspot.com Katherine Lorraine, Chaton de la Mort

    I just hate the Patheos commenting system, which is why I hate blogs going over there, but good luck.

    • http://freethoughtblogs.com/camelswithhammers Daniel Fincke

      Check back soon, I hear they’re going to do a vast rehaul of the commenting system.

  • John Morales

    This is my last post at Freethought Blogs–at least for the foreseeable future. All new Camels With Hammers for the foreseeable future will be featured exclusively at Patheos. After this weekend, all older posts will redirect automatically to the new site at Patheos.

    Good-bye, Dan.

    Shame that you’ve taken this path so that I shan’t read you again — but the, easy-come, easy-go.

    Please update your RSS feeds and/or make a point to come directly to the blog to read me.

    I read you because you were here; now that you are leaving, I shan’t.

    So: no. I shan’t update any feeds, and I make it a point not to support such sites as Patheos.

    Now, I know that some atheist readers are not happy with the idea of atheist bloggers joining up with Patheos.

    “Not happy”?

    Try dismayed and somewhat disappointed.

    (I thought you better than this; but I cannot deny reality)

    I am not going to like a lot of what the bloggers from the religious channels on the site say any more than many of you are.

    You’re making the bed upon which you will lie; I have no pity whatsoever for you.

    And the exciting part is that now all of this work will be somewhere where it’s a harder for religious people to ignore it.

    I will ignore it; you may as well have gone to the slimepit.

    (bah)

    I love the idea of being an ambassador for atheism on a comparative religions site.

    You could do that without leaving this place, you know.

    (I think you mean you love the extra moolah you will get from selling out)

    But it will be good for us not to talk with others too.

    Such disingenuousness!

    (Anyone can click here, you know; you are “talking” to no more people there than you are here (well, fewer in some senses, since I for one don’t go to that site))

    Let me say, as I leave, that I love Freethought Blogs a ton. It has barely even sunk in that soon I will not be able to think of myself as part of this network anymore.

    You don’t love it enough not to leave it.

    (Facts are facts)

    Your Thoughts?

    You really want to know?

    I think you’re whoring yourself and trying to justify it.

    Good-bye, and may you reap what you deserve.

    • http://notungblog.wordpress.com Notung

      That’s really unfair…

    • ACN

      It is exceedingly unfair.

      Dan was very clear that money is tight for him. Blogging is something that he clearly loves, and I don’t think there is anything wrong with moving to a network where his opinions are respected, his writing is visible, AND he gets paid a little more.

      Calling that “whoring” or “selling out” is a little ridiculous. If you’ve bothered to read JT/Hemant’s blogs before/after their location shift, nothing has changed about either blog. Patheos doesn’t dictate acceptable content, and both of them are as vocally critical of religion, and as supportive of secularism as they were before.

    • John Morales

      How is it unfair?

    • John Morales

      ACN:

      It is exceedingly unfair.

      Expressing my opinion when explicitly asked for it is unfair how, exactly?

      Blogging is something that he clearly loves, and I don’t think there is anything wrong with moving to a network where his opinions are respected, his writing is visible, AND he gets paid a little more.

      Yeah, but he loves this place too, or so he claims, yet he’s leaving.

      And no, there is nothing wrong with whoring oneself (though how you know his blogging there is respected when it’s yet to occur is beyond me) — but then, I never claimed there was, did I?

      Calling that “whoring” or “selling out” is a little ridiculous.

      How so?

      If you’ve bothered to read JT/Hemant’s blogs before/after their location shift, nothing has changed about either blog.

      What part of “I make it a point not to support such sites as Patheos.” was unclear to you?

      (Whyever do you imagine I would bother to do that which I’ve stated I make a point of not doing, unless you think I am a liar?)

      That said, their URL has changed, no?

      (That ain’t nothing; it’s something)

      Patheos doesn’t dictate acceptable content, and both of them are as vocally critical of religion, and as supportive of secularism as they were before.

      I wouldn’t know, I don’t read Patheos.

      Put it this way: why do you think blogging there entails leaving here?

    • hannanibal

      With us or against us eh? Grow up. The guy writes for a living. Someone offers him more money to write and he accepts. Is that whoring? Sounds more like making a living and supporting yourself to me.

    • carlie
      I love the idea of being an ambassador for atheism on a comparative religions site.

      You could do that without leaving this place, you know.

      Well no, he can’t. All the religious people are over there. They don’t come here regularly enough and in enough numbers to make any difference.

    • http://freethoughtblogs.com/camelswithhammers Daniel Fincke

      I dreaded you would have this reaction, John. You will be missed.

      But no as far as “supporting such a site” as Patheos–ignoring religious sites won’t make them go away. When Belief Blogs came out I naively hoped for much more academically critical and atheist blogging there as part of the conversation. It’s part of the conversation influencing at Patheos. Vyckie Garrison’s blog deprogramming women who are trapped in quiverful patriarchy is hidden right in there with all the other “spirituality” blogs as a corrective influence. It’s a better situation where such people are there than not. It’s a better situation where someone such as I is there, rather than not. I certainly do not see myself as selling out until I start changing my content to appease the person paying my checks. That won’t happen.

      Anyway, in all sincerity, you will be missed. I’m sorry we do not see eye to eye on this.

    • http://www.skepticblogs.com/musingsfromtheskepticalleft/ bluharmony

      Does the place Dan chooses to blog change the quality of his blogging? No. I hope you continue to participate John or, at least in my opinion, you will be missing out on a lot of his intelligent and well-written posts. Patheos is a great network, and I fully support Dan in his decision, whatever the reasons behind it may be. I have just recently started reading CWH, but my distaste for the behavior frequently exhibited at FTB often made me reluctant to come back. I will no longer be facing that problem, so personally, I’m very happy with Dan’s decision, and I also hope that it results in additional income for him. He deserves it. Congratulations, Dan.

    • Bart Mitchell

      So, the content isn’t really important. It’s just where you read it that matters. How erudite of you.

      I shan’t be bothering reading any of your comments, wherever I might find them.

  • Doug Kirk

    Bye Dan, I’m a lurker but I’ll keep checking in on you, just like I do with JT. I particularly enjoy reading your posts when you come down on a slightly lighter shade of grey than I am usually comfortable with, but you defend and argue your point very clearly and give me something to think about (needless to say, the language policy posts have been great to me).

    I don’t blame anyone for moving on for more money when they’re not already comfortable. I’d say you’ll be missed, but it’s not like it’s impossible to find you. Good luck on patheos, but be ready for catholic-philosophy trolls. Good no-god are there a lot of those…

  • B-Lar

    I seem to be finding more and more reasons to check pathos nowadays!

  • ACN

    I’ll still be reading you after the move, I don’t always comment but I always enjoy your blogging, Dan!

    It was really fun having almost all of “the good guys” in one place while it lasted, though. And while some of you (Libby Anne, JT, you) have had to move, the nice thing about the web is that you’re as easy to visit when you live in a different country/city as when you lived in the old neighborhood. :)

  • Max Tian

    The url for the new Camels With Hammers is http://patheos/blogs/camelswithhammers.

    You missed a “.com” after “patheos”. Might make it harder for the casual readers to track you down.

  • hannanibal

    Good luck at Patheos. I would say something about rats leaving a sinking ship but I don’t think you’re a rat.

    • John Morales

      It ain’t a sinking ship, either. :)

    • hannanibal

      *snigger* Oh, if you say so…..

  • grumpyoldfart

    I went to patheos.com and it seemed to be all about religion. Is there an easy way to find the atheist blogs at that site?

  • birdterrifier

    You are being incredibly harsh for such a routine step. To act as though Fincke is selling out because he wants to get paid demeans the term. Selling out means that a figure is watering down their message or subverting it in order to make money. When Fincke does this, then you can call him a sell out.

    I will not avoid Fincke because he is associated with religious perspectives. I will follow Fincke because of his penchant for delving deep in to topics and not allowing others to bully him in to a position that he does not subscribe to. I will follow him because of his ability to respond reasonably to emotionally charged subjects and because he is open to cool and persuasive arguments. Thank you Dan.

    I hope that Patheos helps you toward your goals (EVEN FINANCIAL GOALS) and you have a great time being surrounded by vastly different views.

  • http://teethofthebuzzsaw.blogspot.com Buzz Saw

    And they always patiently indulged me as I shamelessly flogged my blog posts in their comments section–even as I was directly flouting their explicit policy against doing so.

    Then I am just this one time going to say you are stupid for leaving FtB! :)

    No, seriously, good luck over there. But I’ll be honest in that I don’t follow the atheist channel over there as “devoutly” as I do FtB. Then again, with a growing atheist channel, perhaps that will be changing.

  • briane

    I’d never heard of Patheos until Chris Halquist went there. As you describe it, it doesn’t sound like an interesting blog collective.
    I wish you well. I have read your blog on FTB, but I don’t forsee following you anywhere else. Best of luck.

  • bertilak

    How is patheos.com funded? Any Templeton money?

    I see that the Atheist channel at patheos is lumped under Faith Channels: comprehension fail!

    • Aratina Cage

      Wouldn’t it be most likely that it is funded by ads? (Which are probably most of the same ads you see here at FTB what with all the religious crap I end up seeing advertised here!) Here is what Wikipedia says about it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patheos

      And their “About Us” page:
      http://www.patheos.com/About-Patheos.html

      Templeton does not appear to have anything to do with it.

  • plutosdad

    I already subscribe to the athiest channel feed from patheos so I’ll be reading you right away!
    I also enjoy a few others there, like Exploring Our Matrix.

    good luck.

    If I can ask what is a philosophical counselor? or do you mean like a career counselor in philosophy?

    I am not sure why anyone would be upset, of course the one person who said he’s upset also admitted he doesn’t read the site, so he probably doesn’t really understand it.

    There are plenty of awful blogs there, of course, but hey, I don’t read every FTB blog either.

    • http://freethoughtblogs.com/camelswithhammers Daniel Fincke

      If I can ask what is a philosophical counselor? or do you mean like a career counselor in philosophy?

      Helping people with their problems by looking at their values, beliefs, and priorities issues in ways that philosophical methods of analysis are particularly helpful.

    • http://delphipsmith.livejournal.com Delphi Psmith

      The town of Corigliano d’Otranto in Italy has created the position of Municipal Philosopher.

      Resolution No 72, which cited the aforementioned thinkers, created the new post of municipal philosopher, stipulating that the first holder of the office, Graziella Lupo, would be available for consultation at the town hall “between 15.00 and 19.00 on Fridays”.

  • roggg

    Hey Dan…FWIW, I’ll be reading you still after the move. Good luck with it, and I hope it works out.

  • gshelley

    oh well, good luck there
    You will no doubt lose most of the people who follow you here – there are I think a small number of major draws at ftb, which bring in the majority of viewers who then will look at other posts that strike them as interesting, either from the main page, or by being linked from the blogs they came to see, and these people won’t be going to Patheos just for one blog, but from what you and others have said, it is a bigger network and you should have more viewers overall

  • Aratina Cage

    Freethought Blogs won’t have the same vibe without you (your blog and the camel) listed up there at the top, which is saddening. You’ve created some really good content with your blog, and I wish you the best with continuing that over at Patheos!

  • http://heartheretic.blogspot.com/ Lance Armstrong

    Patheos is not one of my current habits, but I imagine I’ll pick it up. Hope you’l keep promoting your posts on FB.

  • http://www.NoYourGod.com noyourgod

    SELLOUT!

    j/k – really….

    CwH is probably one of the best fits for a site that hosts both believer and atheist blogs. From the comments to your announcement I hope you’ll wear your asbestos undergarments, as it sounds like Patheos has its share of ranting radicals. I’ll probably make a visit or two to Patheos to see what it is like.

    Good luck over there, and I do hope the money comes in handy (there are many worse reasons to shift sites, and $$$ is not a bad one – especially with your stated financial situation).

  • http://quinesqueue.blogspot.com Quine

    Good luck, Dan, I will read you over there. You filled a void, here, in philosophical grounding.

  • Michelle

    Dan I think this is a fantastic move. The way for us to move forward and make change happen in the world is to forge new paths and get into conversations with people who challenge and disagree with us. It is comfortable preaching to the converted but it doesn’t move anyone forward. The reality of money is a side issue- I think you are moving to a place where you can have more impact and I will definitely be following you. I am really disappointed by the negative comments here – I hope you ignore them. Those who won’t follow you into more challenging territory and have your back there are no true friends and no true loss.

  • SuperMental

    Dan,
    As an atheist, I’m glad that I am still able to read your work. I have learned much from you.
    Respectfully yours

  • http://exconvert.blogspot.com Kacy

    I actually like the Patheos commenting system better the the FT blog commenting system, which is why I seem to find myself commenting on Patheos blogs more than on FT blogs.

    I keep seeing all my favorite FT bloggers moving to Patheos, and I can’t help but think of different conspiracy theories to explain it. I guess it’s as Dawkins said, our brains are hardwired to see telos and design, even when there is none. So instead of believing that Patheos agents are trying to lure away all of the best FT bloggers in order reach a critical point and become the dominant Atheist internet-hub, I’ll simply conclude that Patheos pays better.

  • julian

    Good luck. I don’t care if this is rats fleeing a sinking ship (you’re free to want to disassiociate yourself from whoever for whatever reason) but I do wanna say I’ll miss you on FtB. You got me reading philosphy (reading Berkely now. Can’t say I like him) and I always got something from your posts.

    Bye. (I visit patheos infrequently. Sorry but this isn’t my type of environment. :/ )

  • http://delphipsmith.livejournal.com Delphi Psmith

    I love the idea of being an ambassador for atheism on a comparative religions site. I want to do my constructive philosophical reasoning about ethics, religion, and atheism right where the religious and the doubters and the openminded can find me.

    Go you!! Welcome :)

  • Deborah

    I plan to still try to find time to check in now and then. I honestly was not surprised to read that you were moving on (or over). I was pretty disgusted at the attitude of a least one commenter at ftb recently who seemed to think it was his (her?) blog and how dare the person actually writing it have any say over what went on there…..I don’t know much about your new home but I wouldn’t avoid a blog I liked just because of its location. I love that Atheist starts with “A.”

  • Daniel Fincke

    When I closed the comments at FtB, John Morales couldn’t get a message through, so I’m going to relay it:

    Dan, I write this to apologise for my intemperate and offensive comment; I would have made this apology there but I see no way to do it since comments appear to be closed.
    Sorry.

    As I told him I am grateful for his many valuable contributions to Camels With Hammers. As much as he’ll be missed if he never comes back, he’s already given a lot to my blog.

  • http://friendlyatheist.com Richard Wade

    For the last few years it has been my esteemed privilege and honor to call, and be called by Dan, “friend.” Now it is my pleasure to welcome my friend to the cyber neighborhood. I hope that you are happy here, that you and your blog prosper, and that you continue to enrich your readers with your thoughtful, challenging, and unflinchingly honest writing. You are a gift to all who encounter you, whether or not they’re wise enough to appreciate and take advantage of the treasure they’ve stumbled upon.

  • XM

    Are these comments for real? It’s the Internet in 2012. Get an RSS reader, update your feeds when necessary, and interact with whatever blogs you want to. Makes no difference what ‘neighborhood’ it’s located in. This is an awesome blog. Keep it up, and I hope you find a way to meet your financial needs while also doing the work you love.

  • AKAHorace

    Good luck but write less.
    Your posts are often very long and I worry that these lengthy blogposts may be taking the drive out of your academic writing. I hope that this does not sound rude, it is well meant.

    I will visit your new blog.

    all the best,

    Horace

  • http://www.reason-being.com ReasonBeing

    Good luck with the move Dan. I am sure that your insightful posts will be a great fit here.

  • Lisa b

    I am glad! I have a hard time reading blog posts from FTB on my phone. The atheist portal at pathos through FB is much easier to navigate and find who you’re looking for. Welcome!

  • Silo Mowbray

    Dan,
    Welcome to Patheos! Which is no way anything like City 17…
    First I have to vent. I am FED UP with people like John Morales and their insistence that people other than themselves make sacrifices for their own sense of what’s “right.” I note that Mr. Morales hasn’t offered to pay you out of his own pocket to have you stay at FtB. No sir, that would COST him. I have a pouch full of nasty epithets to direct at him and his ilk, but I recall that you don’t like name-calling, so out of respect for you and your work (and because I am so grateful for the thoughtfulness you have shared with us) I will refrain from doing so.

    Back to the welcome. My two most important stops of the day in the blogosphere is Patheos and FtB. Your move from one to the other makes no difference to my consumption, and I am glad you have found a way to increase your income while you continue your important work. Know that you and your writing are appreciated, fully.

    Silo

  • Silo Mowbray

    And I now see that Mr. Morales has retracted his offensive post and offered you an apology. If you (Dan) are okay with it, then I have to be as well. I’m glad he has done so.

  • Brownian

    Nice new digs. I wish you all the best of success at your ‘ambassadorship’* here, and I hope your financial situation improves.

    *Not snark quotes. I’m glad you see yourself as taking on that role.

  • http://criticallyskeptic-dckitty.blogspot.com Katherine Lorraine, Chaton de la Mort

    Hey Dan, quick note.

    I can’t figure out how to access articles back beyond your front page. I sometimes miss a few days of reading, and anything beyond the first five or six articles you have on the front I can’t get to without navigating through the article itself.

    (Hopefully no double post, IE barfed up error script when I tried last time)

    • http://patheos.com/blogs/camelswithhammers/ Daniel Fincke

      Thanks so much for alerting me, Katherine. It’s a glitch. I’m told it will be fixed now that I reported it.

  • Pen

    Well… I found you belatedly. I was busy respecting China’s firewall and staying Internet-free when you moved. I surely will come and look you up here, though I can’t help wishing all my favourite bloggers would stay together. I hope the financial situation works out for you and that blogging here helps. Just off to read something you actually posted recently now.

    • http://patheos.com/blogs/camelswithhammers/ Daniel Fincke

      Glad to have you back!


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