Camels With Hammers Update: My Coming Summer Blogging Hiatus Explained

On June 23, 2015 Camels With Hammers will turn 6 years old. The site’s been viewed several million times in the last three and a half years alone. And when I have had periods of prolific blogging in recent years my traffic has grown so immediately, with an increasing number of posts setting personal records for hits [Read More...]

A Defense of Game of Thrones’ Rape Depictions

Trigger and Spoiler Warning: This post will contain spoilers related to three rape scenes in Game of Thrones (the TV Show) up through the sixth episode of season five. I will also very generally compare the specific scenes and plot points of the A Song of Ice and Fire books related to those television scenes. [Read More...]

Christianity vs. Morality

On this past Sunday, I was interviewed by Mike Haubrich of Minnesota Atheists for the show Atheists Talk. Mike was interested in how I would answer suggestions that Christianity was required for morality and that naturalistic morality was impossible. In response I explored problems with trying to base morality on the supposed prescriptions of the god of the Bible and then overviewed my account of the actual foundations of ethics. You can listen to the show here. To learn more about my concept of Empowerment Ethics (which I discuss in the show), read the links here. To learn more about my philosophy classes, go here. [Read more...]

Christian Mythology For Kids

This is an interesting Kickstarter project. Chrystine Trooien is trying to provide a resource for secular parents to teach their children about Christianity in a way that both brings alive the myths and contextualizes them as myths. The project reminds me of Richard Dawkins’s The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True which [Read More...]

10 More Reasons I Write Long Blog Posts

Last fall, I posted my Top 10 Reasons I Write Long Blog Posts. Here are ten more. 11. I do my best thinking while writing. I often find that what I think will be just a quick 300 word post grows and grows until it’s 1,500, even 2,000 words, because I’m discovering all sorts of nuances [Read More...]

I’m At The Book Of Mormon!

I’m about to see the Book of Mormon on Broadway! Hasa Diga Eebowai! Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

When I Was A Christian Teenager Renting Out Pornography

August 1995-Spring 1996: I got my first job, if you don’t count my previous work mowing my neighbors’ lawns, at the age of seventeen. I worked at the video store owned and managed by one of the couples that lived across the street from me when I was growing up. I had grown up not knowing them [Read More...]

On Talking To A Bigot

On the reasons and limits of engaging with a bigot. One series of personal calculations and experiences. [Read more...]

Shake It Off, Grad Students and Chemistry Geeks…

I just found a fun video about the life of grad students (specifically chemistry ones) set to a parody of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off”. Bonus points: the video casually features lots of young women doing chemistry set to the music young girls listen to. So, it might be a fun thing to circulate around [Read More...]


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