Welcome Peter Mosley to Camels With Hammers

Peter Mosley

I am always scouting for writers with distinctive voices and insights who resonate with me and have the right blend of characteristics to fit in well here at Camels With Hammers. There’s a small list of such writers who have accepted my invitations to write for a season or who occasionally submit pieces. And there is a small list of [Read More...]

Meet Me In Pittsburgh on Wednesday! (11/19/14)

If you live in or around Pittsburgh and would like to hang out with me this week, I’m in town! I talked at First Unitarian Church yesterday morning and I’m speaking at Carnegie Mellon today at 5. I’d like to see as many Camels With Hammers readers as I can so I’m going to camp [Read More...]

Ex-Communications: When Apostates Talk Back

I’m thrilled to draw your attention to a new group blog at Patheos Atheism organized around a much needed theme: writings from former believers back to the members of the faith they left explaining their point of view and what matters to them about how they should relate to each other going forward. Sarah Morehead, Neil [Read More...]

When You Meet Someone

I just saw that the movie Sideways was on TV. I loved the movie when I saw it in the theaters. I think I have the DVD. The film’s always stuck with me though I haven’t seen it in a decade. Below is the key part of the scene that stuck with me the most [Read More...]

On Traditions, and How I Approached My First Humanist Wedding

On March 2, 2014, I had the honor of performing my first marriage ceremony. There is a relative paucity of resources for self-conscious atheists and humanists eager for help in planning weddings that reflect their values, break with religious forms they conscientiously object to, and yet also feel in keeping enough with existing traditions to feel [Read More...]

My Pennsylvania Atheists/Humanists Talk On Empowerment Ethics

Above is my talk on “Empowerment Ethics” at the Pennslyvania Atheists/Humanists Conference. I was a bit rushed from the start by the 30 minute time limit, which is an extraordinarily small space to try to say anything of substance. But then at 12 minutes in the time keeper erroneously told me I had only 5 [Read More...]

Tegan and Sara on Growing up Gay

I love these two women so much. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Raising (Actual) Humanists

After my contribution to the ongoing discussions on Patheos Atheism about how to introduce religion and atheism to kids, Dale McGowan made an excellent contribution called Raising (Actual) Freethinkers that I each agreed with, learned from, and wanted to differ from. In my first post I primarily framed things as a rejection of the common [Read More...]

Not All Who “Lack Belief in Gods” Are Atheists

1. On Those Atheists Who Claim Only to “Lack Belief” in Gods, Rather Than Positively Disbelieve in Gods or Know There are No Gods. A lot of atheists say that atheism means simply a “lack of beliefs in gods” and that rather than either “disbelieve in gods” or affirm that no gods exist they rather just [Read More...]