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.

Are Religions Unfair to Women?

Yes! Next question! In case you have any doubt, you can watch some religious people make utterly vacuous and evasive attempts to weasel their way around the obvious. You can also find lots of details brought up about how religions denigrate and discriminate against women here too: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Why a secular safe space is still important to me.

The following was written by guest contributor Amber Adamson. I struggle a lot when it comes to my feelings about friends and loved ones who belong to Abrahamic faiths. When in public, I often downplay this. Most of the time, it’s not an issue. They’re progressive politically, and we can just work around the subject of [Read More...]

Why Would True Believers Want Us To Lie Before God?

Yesterday I reposted an excellent article from Dylan Walker’s Skeptimus Prime blog. In it he explained that the reason he refuses to participate in Christmas prayers or other religious prayers or rituals with family or others is that as an ex-Christian he takes seriously the meaning of prayer. Prayer was a big part of his life [Read More...]

One Atheist’s Christmas Eve Thoughts (Or, Why I Became A Liberal The Night I Left Christianity)

The following was written by guest contributor Peter Mosley. It’s Christmas Eve, 2014, and as I’m sitting here thinking about the powerful meaning Christmas once held for me, my mind has gone back to the night I officially stopped seeing the Nativity Story as nonfiction – a Friday night in early April 2012. I was deeply [Read More...]

Why I won’t join in Christmas prayers or other religious practices

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This is a guest post by Dylan Walker, cross-posted from his Skeptimus Prime blog with his permission. Christmas, more than any other time of the year, is full various religious rituals, so the question of how deal with them comes up often. Theists, and even other atheists, often have trouble understanding why I (and many other atheists) won’t [Read More...]

Before I Deconverted: Christmas Became A Christian Holiday To Me

Danny Fincke with a Grover puppet as a child on Christmas, unwittingly foreshadowing his days as a "Grover" at Grove City College.

I don’t have the best memory of childhood, so forgive me if my recollections are a bit scattershot. 1983-1986: My earliest memories of Christmas are of getting presents and eating big meals at big tables with my mom’s big extended family on Christmas Day and I remember Christmas Eves with the Finckes with my many cousins [Read More...]

Should Atheists Parents Teach Their Kids Santa Is Real?

Self-conscious atheists, by which I mean those of us who are atheists for well thought out and intellectually or morally principled reasons, can be the sorts of people who are suspicious of the whole tradition of lying to children about the existence of Santa Claus. Could it be counter-productive to the already difficult task of [Read More...]

A Mysterious Floating Orb

Weird Al blows my mind here: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Joe Cocker Has Died

I have always been inclined to post Joe Cocker’s amazing rendition of “With A Little Help From My Friends” at the slightest of excuses. So, on the sad news his passing: And in case you didn’t know the sexier side of his music: And, of course: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]


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