Ron Reagan Declares Himself An “Unabashed Atheist…Not Afraid of Burning in Hell”

A great ad for the Freedom From Religion Foundation! Here’s the script: Hi, I’m Ron Reagan, an unabashed atheist, and I’m alarmed by the intrusion of religion into our secular government. That’s why I’m asking you to support the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the nation’s largest and most effective association of atheists and agnostics, working [Read More...]

Are Solar Roadways The Future?

This is a well done and entertaining advertisement for an indie gogo fundraiser. I am by no means competent to evaluate the claims made in the video so use independent judgment and help me vet it if there’s anything fishy herein: If you’re convinced or want to learn more, check out the Indie Gogo here. [Read More...]

Empowerment Ethics: “Are Individuals’ Moralities Merely Personal?”

The following originally appeared on Secularite as part of my “Empowerment Ethics” series, which now appears on Camels With Hammers. Last week I answered three objections that people regularly mean to make when they say that “morality is just subjective”. In this post I am going to explore what seems right and what seems wrong about a [Read More...]

My Appearance on Faith and Skepticism to Discuss “God’s Not Dead”

Faith and Skepticism is a podcast with both a Christian host named Jason Ramey and an atheist one named Nathan Reese. I was on their episode on God’s Not Dead, recorded this past Tuesday night. You can now listen to the audio here. (Or try to listen here if that link doesn’t work.) On the subject of God’s [Read More...]

My Apology For Losing My Temper On The Faith and Skepticism Podcast

Last night I was a participant in the pre-recording of a podcast (now available to listen to here) called Faith and Skepticism, with a lot of people, the majority being Christians, to talk about the movie God’s Not Dead. And I wound up very livid and shouting a lot. Basically, if you’ve ever been listening at home to your ideological [Read More...]

Empowerment Ethics: “Is Morality Just Subjective?”

The following originally appeared on Secularite as part of my “Empowerment Ethics” series, which now appears on Camels With Hammers. Morality is a subject that requires taking an account of both objective and subjective features of our experience. I think ultimately that it is a category error to ask whether morality is en toto objective or subjective. In this [Read More...]

Study the God Debates in Philosophy, Ethics, Gender/Sexuality, or Secularism This Summer Online With Secular Thinkers

This post is about both my independent videoconference philosophy classes and about Secular Leader Online classes from Greta Christina, John Shook, Myron Jackson, Richard Carrier, Julia Hemphill, Sean Faircloth, David Bagget, and me (Dan Fincke). [Read more...]

Empowerment Ethics: “How Can Atheists Condemn Rape Without Theistic Moral Absolutism?”

This blog post is a new installment of my “Empowerment Ethics” series, in which I systematically explain, develop, defend, and apply my distinctive spin on humanist, perfectionist, virtue, consequentialist, ethical system called “Empowerment Ethics”. In response to my most recent repost in this series, about why moralities don’t need to be conceived of in moral absolutist terms in order [Read More...]

Empowerment Ethics: “Can Morality Mean Something Other Than Absolutist Morality?”

The following originally appeared on Secularite as part of my “Empowerment Ethics” series, which now appears on Camels With Hammers. In explaining my Empowerment Ethics so far, I have talked about how my own philosophical thinking about morality did not start by assuming morality was true and valid and legitimately binding and then trying deliberately [Read More...]