How To Create The Sexual Utopia


With great legal liberty comes great moral responsibility. Or, at least, you know, basic moral decency. If you want a world where sex and nudity are no big deal and both men and women celebrate their sexuality freely, then you need a world where when women open themselves up they have no reason to expect they’ll be sexually exploited—and then perversely blamed for their own exploitation. [Read more...]

I Know There Is No God.

I am reposting this article (which I first published a year ago today, originally under a different title) because it covers concepts central to my thinking about atheism, knowledge, and disbelief in God. Some atheists who are excessively afraid of being like religious people are afraid of saying they believe there are no gods because that’s what religious [Read More...]

How My Personal Sexual Evolution Makes Me Loathe Slut Shaming and Victim Blaming

I grew up a religiously, morally, and sexually conservative person. I believed in virginity before marriage, and I believed in it in a principled and egalitarian way. I didn’t hold to double standards where it was okay for men to be promiscuous but women who were so were “sluts”. I explicitly criticized such hypocrisies then. [Read More...]

It’s Wrong To Sexually Exploit People (Even Celebrities)

Jennifer Lawrence

I have to say, I am remarkably proud of the online feminist community for getting such excellent messaging out in response to recent leaks of stolen nude photos of celebrities. It’s about time that the conversation about such sexually violative and exploitative thefts and exposures get talked about for what they are—an unconscionable use of another person’s [Read More...]

Empowerment Ethics: “Can There Be Objective Morality When So Many People Disagree About Morality?”

This installment of my Empowerment Ethics series is deeply indebted to a superb excerpt from David O. Brink’s Moral Realism and the Foundations of Ethics (Cambridge Studies in Philosophy). Pgs. 198-209 of that book were republished in on pgs. 376-382 of Foundations of Ethics: An Anthology, edited by Russ Shafer-Landau and Terence Cuneo and published by Blackwell [Read More...]

Objective Human Flourishing: A First Response To Jerry Coyne About Ethics

I had an amazing time last weekend at the Pennsylvania State Atheists Humanists Conference (affectionately known as PASTAH Con). I spent wonderful time with some old friends I rarely see in person and met some new people I completely loved. And I was blown away by the response to my talk. The enthusiasm and seriousness [Read More...]

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...]