Hug An Atheist Documentary, Teaser Clip

It’s HUG AN ATHEIST DAY!!! Hug me!

And speaking of hugging atheists… Both last November and then again at the American Atheists convention this March, Belgian filmmaker Sylvia Broeckx interviewed me for Hug An Atheist. I hung out with her and her husband Niels Puttemans a great deal at the American Atheists convention. They’re lovely people and I was always on the lookout for ways I could make introductions so they could score great interview subjects. Sylvia’s plan for the documentary is a great one. In order to dispel misconceptions and to humanize atheists, she has been meeting with ordinary American atheists, talking to them about how they find meaning and values and hope in their lives, and joining them for different sorts of events. In honor of Hug An Atheist Day she has just released a teaser trailer and it’s really beautiful. Among others it features Hemant Mehta, Greg Epstein, and Teresa MacBain. It leads with David Silverman on a FOX News show dealing with some appallingly insulting and dehumanizing dismissiveness. I mean, really shocking. Who asks another human being a question like that? Who presumes something like that?

The film will be out in September. Learn more about the film. If you have any sort of role where you can help get films shown or distributed, consider being in touch with Sylvia.

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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.