“Keep Your Fearsome God At Bay”

During my high school years I was mentored by a terrific pastor who went on in subsequent years to become an agnostic. (We deconverted completely independently of each other, not influencing each other in that process at all.) The catchy song below is by his similarly religiously disaffected daughter Elissa Sapp’s indie band “Ballroom Spies”. Name your price and support indie music by buying the song at Bandcamp.

At Bay
Testify, the truth shall set you free
But trust and obey this is the only way,
We’re unequipped to see
What is there, what is real what is just beyond your fingertips
So just relax and slow your breath we’ll set it like an anesthetic drip

Pray for his swift return
When he will prey and burn and segregate the herd

All you minions
With your bold opinions
What have you seen what have you heard with your own ears
All you people
Cower below white steeples
Will those turrets keep your fearsome god away
Keep him at bay

Justify, letting logic go
Blind faith, exchange, deranged, inflicted fear
For your immortal soul

Pray for his swift return
When he will prey and burn and segregate the herd

All you minions
With your bold opinions
What have you seen what have you heard with your own ears
All you people
Cower below white steeples
Will those turrets keep your fearsome god away
Keep him at bay

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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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