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...]

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...]

ISIS’s Iconoclasm, The Bible, and The Problem With Taking Literalism Literally

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The following is a guest post from Alexandra, an ex-Christian. Recently, disturbing footage of ISIS destroying priceless historical sculptures, some from the Assyrian empire, has been released to the press. Seeing the video reminded me of when I was an evangelical Christian, trying to figure out how to be faithful to the first two of the Ten Commandments [Read More...]

A Photographer On Why The Same Dress Looks Black and Blue to Some and Gold and White to Others #DressGate

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In the video below, photographer (and friend of Camels With Hammers) Mallorie Nasrallah shows us how to figure out what’s going on with the dress that some people see as gold and white and others see as black and blue: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

City on a Hill

This is a guest post by Mike Bennett, republished with permission from his blog Through a Glass, Brightly. In the high Arctic there are mountains without names. I’m flying from London to Vancouver and somewhere in Greenland there are ranges of hills far from anywhere, which must almost never have been gazed upon from the ground; [Read More...]

Atheism Is Not A Religion. But There Should Be Atheistic Religions.

Many people on the defensive against vocal atheistic criticism of religious beliefs (either because they see it as a threat to their own religiosity or because it affronts their misinterpretation of what religious tolerance should be) think they’re being clever and catching a great irony when they lazily play “gotcha!” and declare that “atheism is a [Read More...]


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