Empowerment Ethics: “Is Morality Just Culturally Relative?”

This is a new installment of my “Empowerment Ethics” series. Anthropologists, sociologists, historians, social psychologists, and other academics are all very interested in accurately describing different culture’s de facto systems of moral practices and norms. Famously these vary quite a bit. And good science requires not letting one’s own culture’s value judgments compromise one’s ability to accurately [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...]

Dear Fellow Atheists, STOP Saying Christians Believe God is a Bearded Man in the Sky. They Don’t.

Not what any Christians think God is. Christians know full well God is not an old human being with a beard. God couldn't be that because God is not "a" being at all. God is the Ground of all Being. God is Being Itself. It is silly anthropomorphism to think of God as a human being.

So, I’m an atheist blogger and a professional philosopher. So this puts me in the unenviable position of having to deal with ignorant atheists who not only disparage philosophy but disparage sophisticated theology without understanding it. And honestly it makes me wince sometimes. I believe we can do better. We can make better arguments that [Read More...]

“God’s Not Dead” Fans, I Dare You To Study The Existence of God With Me, a Real Atheist Philosophy Professor.

This post is periodically updated from its original to keep the information current.  I spent 11 years teaching philosophy at universities and I am an outspoken atheist blogger. So, I took special interest in the mean-spirited mischaracterization of people like me in the evangelical Christian movie God’s Not Dead, in which an atheist philosophy professor [Read More...]

Skeptic Canary Interview on Philosophy, Science, and Morality

I went on the Skeptic Canary podcast today. Tom Williamson and Guy Chapman were gracious and thoughtful hosts. We talked a good bit about the relationships between philosophy, science, and ethics and I was really really pleased with how it was coming out as it went (I haven’t had a chance to watch it back [Read More...]

Don’t Think of Philosophies As Diametrically Opposed

Having grown up an Evangelical Christian, I had a few habits that were hard to break when I became a philosopher and, eventually, an atheistic philosopher. The way I was raised, I was taught that I belonged to a faith that had all the right answers. Thinking was simply a matter of making explicit what [Read More...]

Video: Relating Morality To Nietzsche and Psychology

John Shook of Humanist Matters and Christopher Maute of Meeting of the Minds did a combined show last night interviewing Sarah Morehead (who is awesome) from the Recovery From Religion Foundation (which is also awesome) for about 50 minutes. Then they started interviewing me at 55 minutes. In the beginning of my portion, my audio [Read More...]

An Impassioned Defense of The Pursuit of Philosophical Questions

Olivia James has written a terrific post against atheists who dismiss the fundamental questions of reality and value on account of their being abstract, philosophical, and hard to solve. She describes the “emotional gut-punch” such questions can give her and complains that other atheists often are dismissive and invalidating about how important they are to people [Read More...]


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