I Debate My Friend, an Openly Gay Benedictine Monk, about the Catholic Church and its Views on Gays

Earlier today, I wrote posts about what it was like when my best friend from college came out to me and how his struggles with suicidal depression, exacerbated by his torment over being gay, played a pivotal role in leading me to become an atheist.

At the end of the latter post, I embedded our discussion from this morning about his personal history trying to reconcile his sexuality in the context of his faith. In the video at the top of this post, I start getting confrontational and raising numerous controversial issues for us to debate about. Towards the end, Bede also frankly discusses his clinical depression and how that too has interacted with this faith.

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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.