A Bitter Sweet Goodbye To Unreasonable Faith

In June 2009, I took my abandoned personal blog and, with the help of an old friend from college who had recently deconverted and become enthused about my writing, I relaunched it as Camels With Hammers, determined to make it a well-read blog. Although the very first post, curiously, doesn’t even mention atheism (or anything else [Read More...]

The Secret Intimacy Between Solitary Writers and Readers

Were you and I to interact directly, whether communicating face to face or exchanging messages in writing, we would be tailoring our self-presentation to each other. We would be thinking about what information we feel comfortable divulging and how exactly to frame it so that we can represent ourselves, our opinions, and our lives how [Read More...]

Before I Deconverted: My Dad and My God

Christians frequently accuse atheists of just “hating God” because we hate our dads. In this post, I dig through the myriad ways one’s perceptions of one’s dad might affect one’s views on God in varying directions and then do what so many Christians intrusively demand: I get on the couch for some personal amateur psychoanalysis about how my relationship with my dad relates to my former faith and my current atheism. [Read more...]

Enroll Today in My Online Philosophy Classes!

Daniel Fincke Online Philosophy Classes

New Classes Starting the first week of October! If you enjoy reading my philosophical blog posts, consider taking one of my online philosophy classes! I earned my PhD and taught 93 university classes before I went into business for myself. My online classes involve live, interactive class discussions with me and your fellow students held over videoconference [Read More...]

Since My Deconversion: I Think I’ve Been in Denial About Christian Insincerity.

Yesterday Frank Schaeffer published a post that’s already going viral accusing the moneymakers atop the Evangelical Christian world of not really buying what they’re selling: Let’s be honest. Sure some smart young people who “come to Christ” are deeply sincere. Then life happens to them and they come to see that nothing is quite as [Read More...]

Sunday (2/2/14) I’ll be on a live video panel with Richard Carrier, Julia Galef, and Jess Whittlestone

As part of FtBConscience 2, I will be on a panel February 2, 2014 from 1pm-2pm Eastern Time covering the topic “Philosophy for Everyone”, along with Richard Carrier, Julia Galef, and Jess Whittlestone. Brief description of the themes and bios of my co-panelists are below: What is philosophy? What use is it for the average Jane or [Read More...]

Creative People’s Worst Enemy: Their Own Good Taste

This is a nice video which sets visual images to a bit of monologue from Ira Glass where he is talking about how creative people’s own good taste often discourages them while they are in the early stages of honing their craft since they are better at seeing what is wrong or limited with what [Read More...]

What I Want For My Birthday


Today is my birthday!

I am not going to be around all day as I am on a cruise right now with no internet access. But in case you would like to give me a gift, there is something special that I really really want and cannot get for myself. I want the movie I was in, Hug An Atheist to be able to be shown in film festivals that can give it the kind of exposure and buzz that it needs to make it a well-seen film. Director Sylvia Broeckx has made a fantastic film for humanizing humanists here and I am proud to be in it and I want it to get around. So, if you could chip in to Sylvia’s campaign to fund the film’s promotion it could make a huge difference to an important little film.

Or, if you don’t feel like donating money or even like getting me a gift. You could always just get yourself the gift of Hug an Atheist. For just $10 you can download the movie and any minute now be watching it right on your computer. For $30, you can order the DVD. [Read more...]

There’s an article on me in Inside Higher Ed

In response to my (surprisingly) much read post on how and why I am leaving adjunct teaching to develop my own business as an online philosopher, Inside Higher Ed has a piece on me today: Fincke discusses the possibility of failure on his blog. He wants to remain a teacher, he said, but even “if [Read More...]