The Worst Arguments Atheists Make

This past week I appeared on The Scathing Atheist podcast. I was asked to talk about the worst arguments atheists make. My 17 minute segment on the worst arguments atheists make starts at 23:09 of this link. I had a blast chatting with Noah. Noah had me in stitches in the longer conversation before and after we recorded the actual interview, so I wish the whole discussion was recorded. He’s a very funny and gracious guy. The segment on Ecclesiastes immediately following my interview is pretty funny too (though very NSFW).

Here are links to posts where I criticize atheists making arguments I think are bad:

*Oh You Can Get Good People To Do Bad Things Without Religion Alright…
*Why I Criticize My Fellow Atheists
*The Very Worst of the Atheist Movement on Display: Major Atheist Orgs Attack Star of David Holocaust Memorial
*On The Uses and Abuses of Tragedies for Atheism
*Stop Calling People Stupid
*You Glance Out Your Window and See a Shackled Black Slave and a Slavery-Justifying Bible Verse. What Do You Think?
*“But Aren’t Some People Actually Stupid?”
*No, A Belief In The Afterlife Alone Cannot Be Responsible For A Suicide

Here are links to my posts offering specific constructive advice about how to criticize religions more rationally:

*Understand Why and How Metaphors Work in Practice
*Don’t Treat All of Religion as a Monolith.
*Address The Question of “True Religion” With Nuance
*Understand Religions in their Contexts

Your Thoughts?

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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