Jerry DeWitt’s Fantastic Easter Morning Sermon at AA 2013

I am delighted to announce that Jerry DeWitt will be my first guest for my summer revival of The Camels With Hammers Show. [UPDATE: The show has now happened and can be viewed in its entirety here]. We can watch us talk live using this link tomorrow, Sunday June 16, at roughly 3pm to roughly 4pm Eastern time. Below is Jerry DeWitt’s fantastic sermon at the 2013 American Atheists convention that I wrote about in my post, Preacher or Parodist? Jerry DeWitt’s Inspired Self-Deconstruction and Self-Affirmation.

I have seen Jerry preach live twice, once at each the 2012 and 2013 American Atheist conventions. And both times I left with my head swimming with thoughts that I am looking to run by him tomorrow. (Here was my response to my first experience of Jerry). Jerry was the first “graduate” of the Clergy Project, a confidential support group for closeted clergy who have stopped believing and who are working through what lies ahead for them. You can pre-order his book Hope after Faith: An Ex-Pastor’s Journey from Belief to Atheism, which will be available June 25. And you can help tell Jerry’s story by contributing to the fundraiser by the documentary crew chronicling Jerry’s journey to create a secular ministry to make “The Outcast of Beauregard Parish”. As part of beginning that secular ministry, Jerry will be giving what he’s calling “Louisiana’s first secular service” a week from Sunday. If you are anywhere in range, I highly recommend you make it.

Below check out the trailer for the documentary being made and consider donating here:

Finally, Jerry’s first American Atheists convention sermon, in 2012, which initially blew my mind is below:

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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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