Non-Believers Participating In Religious Rituals: A Question of Inclusiveness, Respect for Boundaries, and Consciences

After deconverting during my senior year at a conservative evangelical college, I enrolled the next year as a first year philosophy graduate student at a Catholic university. I took university housing and so was assigned my roommates through the graduate school. They were both Catholics. Mike was a medieval studies graduate student and Matthew was a philosophy graduate student focusing on [Read More...]

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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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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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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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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...]

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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...]

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On Talking To A Bigot

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

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