Join Me In The 5th Circle of Atheist Hell

Andrew at Laughing At Purgatory explains my place in the fifth ring of atheist hell:

Fifth Ring of Hell: Other Atheists

Some may have issue with my placing other of the godless so deep in the 9 Rings. Are other atheists have really as bad as living in the Bible belt or worse than having to listen to Black preachers talk about the evils of Adam and Steve buying a cute Colonial home where they place their colorful flowers in window boxes?

Yes, and I’ll tell you why.

No one can irritate you like family. This basic principle goes for countries as well as those that share a close bond blood. Look at the American Civil War. Brother fought brother, and it was the deadliest war in US history. What really aggravates intra-group conflict is the assumption held by both sides is that Those other people know better!   This fuels intense dislike because there is a deep sense of betrayal of core values that are supposedly shared.

This Ring of Hell is tailored for the individual atheist. For those who hate Dan Fincke’s Civility Pledge their torment would have Dan calmly expounding its virtues in the most long winded of fashions (this is Hell, after all, and there is no need for a tormentor to stop for a breath). Perhaps your Hell would have PZ Myers, well, being PZ Myers. Or maybe it would be Chris Stedman reading his book Faitheist on and on and on.

Personally speaking, I can only aspire to be so nefarious to rank in such company.

In the past I resented being told I’m going to hell, even the relatively abstract versions. But now I’m kind of looking forward to it, now that I know I’ll be able to talk about my ideas there after all! So, see you there! (That is, unless you wind up in one of the other eight rings.)

Your Hell?

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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