Follow Your Arrow

A good friend of mine who is both bisexual and a recent deconvert recently brought this song to my attention and I love it: And she has another song defiant of traditions and expectations. Amidst the generally excellent lyrics is a criticism of the practice of forcing non-believers to go through the motions of religious [Read More...]

Discuss Philosophy of Religion Weekly With Year Without God’s Ryan Bell and Me

Ryan Bell

This fall I am offering a Philosophy of Religion class twice a week. One will be Tuesdays 7pm-9:30pm Eastern Time and the other Saturdays 2pm-4:30pm Eastern Time. I’m very excited to announce that we will be joined for the Saturday class by Ryan Bell, the former minister and seminary instructor who is taking a year putting aside Christian practices [Read More...]

From Christian College Student to Atheist Online Philosophy Teacher (An Interview With Me!)

On Sunday, August 10, 2014 I appeared on the radio show Atheists Talk on KTNF AM 950, the Progressive Voice of Minnesota. You can listen to the archived show entitled “Accessible Philosophy for Everyone” here or download it from iTunes at any time now or in the future here. Below is a transcription of the entire show (with minor edits for style [Read More...]

Atheist Humility

Christians will often say that being an atheist means “thinking you’re your own god” or “acknowledging no higher power than yourself“. Christians obviously think that God is our all powerful and perfectly good creator and that we as humans are merely his creations. He didn’t need to create us. There’s nothing He requires us to do that He cannot do Himself. [Read More...]

JT’s Strategies For Arguing Against Christianity

This is a really really good half hour primer from my friend JT Eberhard on moves to focus on in arguing against Christianity (or theism generally). For some of my own work on how to engage believers, check out my 13 Practical Strategies For Arguing with Moderate Believers and my Top 10 Tips For Reaching [Read More...]

Discrimination Against Atheist Invocations by Local Legislatures

In their spring ruling in Greece v Galloway the Supreme Court upheld the practice of giving sectarian prayers at the head of legislative meetings as Constitutional. Since reading the Court’s opinion, I have wanted to write about 8 articles about all that was wrong with it. Then last week Megan Hamilton, a journalist, asked me for [Read More...]

Nietzsche, New Atheism, and Me

Every now and then a religious apologist comes along and bashes the New Atheists for being far shallower than the great atheists of yore. And when they reach into history for shining examples of admirably honest and deep atheists who had something at least worth taking seriously, they invariably laud Nietzsche. David B. Hart devoted [Read More...]

Ignoring Gods As A Kind of Atheism

There are at least four broad, often overlapping, meanings someone could intend with the word atheist. Some argue that there is a preponderance of reasons against believing in personal/interventionist gods that affect human history and thus they are atheists in the sense that they affirmatively disbelieve in all gods or, even, claim to know that [Read More...]

Not My Father’s Son–A Documentary About Nate Phelps

Please consider donating to help make this documentary about Nate Phelps, the atheist, pro-LGBT son of the infamous Fred Phelps of the hateful Westboro Baptist Church. (If you donate through Recovering From Religion, your donation becomes tax deductible.) I consider this documentary to be a potentially vital contribution to our cultural discussions about the marginalization [Read More...]


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