On Sam Harris’s Reply to Feminist Critics (UPDATED with Event Video)

Monday, I wrote a post on Sam Harris’s controversial remarks about women quoted in The Washington Post. Moments after I posted, I was alerted to Sam’s explanation of himself. In this post, I give my thoughts about his follow up post. I was recently interviewed onstage at George Washington University by Michelle Boorstein, a religion reporter for the Washington [Read More...]

On Criticizing Your Own Side Without Being A Traitor

My intention in my post from yesterday was decidedly not to write Sam Harris off as a sexist and a terrible person. I couldn’t think of any more desirable outcome of the current controversy than that Harris internalize the criticisms I laid out and come out of this a better spokesperson for all atheists (including [Read More...]

Sam Harris, The Criticism of Bad Ideas, and Sexist Appeals To Biology

This section of a recent Washington Post article has caused a lot of controversy in the atheist community this past weekend: I also asked Harris at the event why the vast majority of atheists — and many of those who buy his books — are male, a topic which has prompted some to raise questions [Read More...]

Star Wars—Without The Music

It’s not quite the same… Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

10 Highlights of My 1st 2 Years at Patheos

Earlier in the year Patheos turned 5 years old and they asked us bloggers to reflect on our time here and its highlights. I never got around to finishing the post I started to write at the time. So, I decided to post it today, the 2 year anniversary of my move to Patheos from Freethought [Read More...]

Christians as Immoralists

Nietzsche provocatively labels himself an “immoralist”. This is something gleefully seized upon by theists who absurdly think that the logical result of atheism is a total rejection of all morality. Possibly the most famous and unapologetic of all philosophical atheists himself declared himself an “immoralist”! And the word “immoralist” is simply assumed to mean “one who rejects all morality”. So, there you have it. The [Read More...]

What Are Your Atheistic Humanist Declarations About?

Self-identifying secular humanists everywhere, I have a question for you. [Read more...]

How To Create The Sexual Utopia


With great legal liberty comes great moral responsibility. Or, at least, you know, basic moral decency. If you want a world where sex and nudity are no big deal and both men and women celebrate their sexuality freely, then you need a world where when women open themselves up they have no reason to expect they’ll be sexually exploited—and then perversely blamed for their own exploitation. [Read more...]

I Know There Is No God.

I am reposting this article (which I first published a year ago today, originally under a different title) because it covers concepts central to my thinking about atheism, knowledge, and disbelief in God. Some atheists who are excessively afraid of being like religious people are afraid of saying they believe there are no gods because that’s what religious [Read More...]