Empowerment Ethics: “How Can Atheists Condemn Rape Without Theistic Moral Absolutism?”

This blog post is a new installment of my “Empowerment Ethics” series, in which I systematically explain, develop, defend, and apply my distinctive spin on humanist, perfectionist, virtue, consequentialist, ethical system called “Empowerment Ethics”. In response to my most recent repost in this series, about why moralities don’t need to be conceived of in moral absolutist terms in order [Read More...]

Empowerment Ethics: “Can Morality Mean Something Other Than Absolutist Morality?”

The following originally appeared on Secularite as part of my “Empowerment Ethics” series, which now appears on Camels With Hammers. In explaining my Empowerment Ethics so far, I have talked about how my own philosophical thinking about morality did not start by assuming morality was true and valid and legitimately binding and then trying deliberately [Read More...]

When God Or Religion Come Up, Should You First Identify As An Atheist Or A Humanist?

This post is about how atheistic humanists should go about presenting their relationship to religion when asked about it for the first time by different people. In another post, I’ll raise challenging questions of how atheistic humanists should present ourselves collectively in certain public contexts. I am not, in what follows, assuming that all atheists [Read More...]

My Responses To Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s Remarks On Philosophy

Recently Neil DeGrasse Tyson made some controversial comments dismissing the value of philosophy for scientists and explaining why he discourages physics students from studying philosophy. Massimo Pigliucci has the key quotes from Tyson from a couple of sources and makes some terrific points in reply. Today Tom Williamson was kind enough to invite me onto [Read More...]

“Why Do Outspoken Atheists Care So Much About What They Don’t Believe In?”

Outspoken atheists are a minority, even among atheists, and so get goaded a lot–even by atheists. And one way both atheists and theists are hostile to us involves accusing us of wasting our time. Another way is by accusing us of, ironically, being “just like the religious after all!” Supposedly we are unable to be [Read More...]

Empowerment Ethics: “Is Empowerment Ethics Atheistic?”

The following originally appeared on Secularite as part of my “Empowerment Ethics” series, which now appears on Camels With Hammers. Empowerment Ethics, as I develop it, is classifiable as a “naturalistic” ethics. This means that I am going to argue we can understand what is good as being natural and understandable by using purely naturalistic [Read More...]

In Defense of the Honestly Atheistic Approach to Conservative Christians

Recently I wrote about how when I deconverted I essentially leapt straight from devout biblical literalist to atheist with no stop overs modifying my interpretation of my faith according to the influence of liberal theologians. While I was an evangelical Christian I examined secular philosophers of an array of skeptical bents very seriously, but I read [Read More...]

What A Fair and Balanced Debate on Climate Change Would Look Like

John Oliver illustrates a key point effectively at the end of this video. It’s not a very funny segment. But it makes an important point about what proper balance looks like in representing a scientific issue in the media: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Join Me In The 5th Circle of Atheist Hell

Andrew at Laughing At Purgatory explains my place in the fifth ring of atheist hell: Fifth Ring of Hell: Other Atheists Some may have issue with my placing other of the godless so deep in the 9 Rings. Are other atheists have really as bad as living in the Bible belt or worse than having to listen [Read More...]