Top Ten Tips For Reaching Out To Religious Believers

I apologize again for my unexpected writing hiatus of the last few weeks. I expect to have my writing energies finally free for blogging again once I am finished writing my students’ study guides. In the meantime, I recommend readers look at my posts with tips for reaching out to religious believers, which I originally published in October 2011. 

1. Don’t call religious believers stupid.

2. Make believers stay on topic during debates.

3. Don’t tell religious believers “what they really believe.”

4. Clarify what kinds of evidence warrant what kinds of belief.

5. Help break the spell of religious reverence.

6. Don’t demonize religious peoples’ motives, focus on their objective harms.

7. Take philosophy seriously.

8. Both refute the best counter-arguments you can think of and create Gestalt shifts.

9. Be unapologetic, rigorous, patient, and gracious with religious believers.

10. Love religious people.

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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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