Why I Support American Atheists Reaching Out To Conservatives At CPAC

The past two years, American Atheists has made a concerted effort to increase atheist visibility places where atheists didn’t have a noticeable presence previously. This has meant showing up to put up a table and advertise their organization at conferences as diverse as the major gay rights meeting Creating Change, on the one hand and [Read More...]

God’s Not Dead Typifies How Evangelicals Hypocritically Deny Atheists’ Existences

In the movie God’s Not Dead the evangelical Christian filmmakers used atheist characters like puppets who would act out evangelical Christian stereotypes about atheists. Evangelical Christians frequently assume, unsympathetically, that were they atheists they would see no reason to be moral. So they have the atheist characters act unapologetically immorally over and over again. Evangelical Christians assume atheists would be [Read More...]

Drunken Mall Santa

This following is a guest post by ex-pastor Pat Green, cross-posted with permission from his blog Night Moves: Diary of a Chicago Area Cabbie ex-Preacher Man. Santa is a very busy man, especially in December. Sometimes he has to subcontract for hire Santa’s to make public appearances at malls, department stores and events. Sometimes those Santa’s have parties. In December [Read More...]

The Collar That Choked Open Hearts

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This following is a guest post by Pat Green, cross-posted with permission from his blog Night Moves: Diary of a Chicago Area Cabbie ex-Preacher Man. When I first started driving a taxi I was still an ordained minister. The church was a mere remnant of what it once was, but I was still active in [Read More...]

Before I Deconverted: I Saw My First “Secular Humanist” On TV

In the Christianity I grew up with in the ’90s, humanism was a dirty word. Reading the monthly alarmist political propaganda newsletter from Focus on the Family which came to our house, I remember most distinctly learning about the secular humanist monster Norman Lear. Norman Lear, I learned, was the television writer and producer most responsible [Read More...]

Alix Jules On Being An African American Humanist

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Below find a really good video from Alix Jules on his religious journey, his experience as a black humanist, and the ways that blacks’ relationships to religion are less black and white than often painted. Alix Jules is one of our new bloggers on Patheos’s atheism channel. You can read his blog at The Graffiti Wall. Here’s [Read More...]

Why Would Being Controlled By A Brain Be Any Less Free Than Being Controlled By An Immaterial Soul?

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Existential Comics has nicely illustrated a common line of debate between hard determinists and soft determinists/compatibilists in comic strip form. The whole strip is worth reading. The “compatibilist” in the comic strip represents my own position nicely throughout and is especially effective in the panels excerpted below. The panels below reply to the claim that [Read More...]

Comparing Humanism and Religion and Exploring Their Relationships to Each Other

Tonight I was interviewed by Mike Phelps on The Age of Reason podcast. The topic was set as “Humanism vs. Religion” but I used a lot of my time to break down that neat dichotomy. The discussion was far ranging as we talked about the nature of humanism, the natures of religions, the relative strengths [Read More...]

Funishment

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One of the best comics out there for philosophy topics is Ryan Lake’s Chaos Pet. His latest is a hilarious exploration of a number of philosophical ideas about punishment. Here’s how it starts: Click over to the full cartoon at Chaos Pet to see what’s going on…   And, of course, to explore all the ins and outs [Read More...]


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