Patronizing Religious People Is Disrespectful

In the last couple weeks, various atheist bloggers here at Patheos have tackled the topic of whether they would pray with loved ones if requested. I want to write about several aspects of this issue. But just covering the first one I wanted to treat meant a full post. Hopefully I’ll write about the other aspects. [Read More...]

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How Should We Conceive of Morality, Science, Love, Sex, and Gender? Explore These Questions With Me In Classes This Fall.

Hi everyone! My summer hiatus from blogging is over! Expect regular new posting on Camels With Hammers to ramp up this weekend! I’ve spent the last four months researching and developing a number of exciting new class sessions to offer students. My interactive online videoconference philosophy classes have been a huge success and kept me extremely busy. And [Read More...]

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Different Fundamentalists, Same Covered-Up Child Abuse


A Review of Fortney Road: Life, Death, and Deception in a Christian Cult, by Jeff C. Stevenson Review written by M. Dolon Hickmon  Lately, the Internet has been flooded with revelations of a particular Christian child abuse scandal, perpetrated by an ethically-challenged gang of TV celebrities, who banked a small fortune as de facto spokespersons [Read More...]

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The Year In Quotable Finds

Every year at Camels With Hammers on June 13, I put up a post with some of the witty or insightful quotes I want to remember which I came across in the last year. I give you this year’s installment. “Inductive and deductive arguments are okay but I prefer seductive arguments.” Ed Brayton “Human progress has always been [Read More...]

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Watch Me Live At 9:30pm ET Tonight (6/5/15) on YouTube!

Tonight I was delighted to appear on the ORLY Radio Show. People who like to see me rant off the cuff about current events, should check this one out. If you’re relatively new to me and this blog, in the first half hour I answer a lot of introductory questions about myself and the blog. Then at [Read More...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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