Is Religion the Enemy of Feminism?

This was a really stimulating debate moderated by the president of NOW and hosted by Wichita NOW. The participants were Rev. Robin McGonigle (senior minister of University Congregational Church and associate member of the Jesus Seminar) and Amanda Knief (former Secular Coalition lobbyist, the current managing director of the American Atheists, and author of the great looking forthcoming book, The Citizen Lobbyist: A How-to Manual for Making Your Voice Heard in Government). Though slightly off the main topic, one of my favorite bits is the two minutes starting at 54:07-56:26, which resonates with my own complaints with the paltriness of religious platitudes in the face of death.

I’m really glad to see this kind of crossover event between a major atheist activist organization and a centrally important progressive activist one. Of late, American Atheists is importantly increasing its outreach to other groups of people for whom atheistic criticisms of theistic religions should be relevant. This is a great example of that. Hopefully we can use this video and forums like this to start dialogues with our progressive religious friends. Spread this video around and look for similar opportunities to have discussions like this where you can.

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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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