Don’t Diminish Princess Leia To Praise Rey

Star Wars: The Feminism Awakens? Episode II: Don’t Diminish Leia To Praise Rey Leia In The Original Trilogy While fans of women’s empowerment everywhere are rejoicing that the next generation Luke Skywalker is a young woman, I think it’s important that we not underestimate the greatness of Princess Leia. A lot of the praise for Rey has been [Read More…]

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Top 20 Plot Copy/Pastes In The Force Awakens (Spoilers)

Come discuss Star Wars with us by joining the Camels With Hammers closed Facebook group for people who have seen The Force Awakens or don’t mind learning spoilers. In The Force Awakens there is a fine line between homage and cynicism. When the creators of the new Star Wars film recycle as huge a number of fundamental plot points and mechanisms [Read More…]

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On The Uses And Abuses of Han Solo in The Force Awakens (Spoilers)

Come discuss Star Wars with us by joining the Camels With Hammers closed Facebook group for people who have seen The Force Awakens or don’t mind learning spoilers. I have already recorded a video giving my immediate post-theater reactions to The Force Awakens and written out a spoiler-free review of the movie. Now I’m writing analyses of various aspects of the movie one by one. I started with a [Read More…]

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How Disney Used Luke Skywalker (Force Awakens Spoilers)

I have already recorded a video giving my immediate post-theater reactions to The Force Awakens and written out a spoiler-free review of the movie. Now I’m writing analyses of various aspects of the movie one by one. Here’s my take on the treatment of Luke Skywalker in the film.
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The Force Awakens Is A Lazy Cop Out (Spoiler-Free Review)

Come discuss Star Wars with us by joining the Camels With Hammers closed Facebook group for people who have seen The Force Awakens or don’t mind learning spoilers. This is my review that spoils no plot points. The closest to spoiling plot beyond the very basic things in commercials already is to note that a few things one might have hoped are in [Read More…]

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How The Force Awakens Disappointed Me (Spoilers Galore)

Lex and I got to see The Force Awakens tonight because it premiered in France today. I was going to first write a spoiler-free review but I was so hyped up with my frustrations that I wanted to vent them up front and I can’t really explain what’s wrong with the movie without talking about [Read More…]

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Honest Trailers: Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

Even though I loved the Star Wars prequels, I have also grown to love the attacks on them too (at least those that are funny and insightful, rather than tedious and unimaginative). The latest entry in the anti-prequel canon is part of the great “Honest Trailers” series: Your Thoughts? [Read more…]

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A Philosophy Professor Analyzes God’s Not Dead’s Case For God

This post turned out to be not just a movie review but a nearly comprehensive counter-apologetics case that I intend to refer Christians to in the future. For both those future and current readers, here is a Table of Contents, with links, so you can jump to the section that interests you most if you do not have time to read all ~12,000 words.

1. Introduction
2. The Hypocrisy of Christian Statements of Faith
3. Why Leaving Theology Out of Philosophy Isn’t Persecuting Students
4. Philosophy Is Not Authority Based The Way Theology Is
5. The Students in the Movie Already Believed in God 
6. How I Graded Religious Students Who Disagreed With Me
7. Demanding Philosophical Reasons For Religious Beliefs Is Not Religious Persecution 
8. Arguments Over Cosmology (God vs. Naturalistic Eternalism)
9. Creating A Strawman of Philosophers is a Lazy Copout 
10. Why Do Christians Say Atheists Disbelieve for Emotional Reasons?
11. Who Really Are the Humble Ones More Likely to Say “I Don’t Know”? The Christians or the atheists?
12. Why Do Some Atheists Say They Do Know There’s No God? Are Atheists Hypocritically People of Faith Too? 
13. If Antitheists Are Bad People, Evangelicals Are Downright Awful 
14. If Professor Radisson’s A Bad Guy, The Christian God is the Worst Possible Bad Guy
15. God of the Gaps and the Origin of Life
16. How Science and Philosophy Vindicate Metaphysical Naturalism and the Existence of Religious Scientists Doesn’t Vindicate Theism
17. Why Explaining Evolution with God is Anti-Science
18. Is Philosophy Dead?
19. Why The Film Didn’t Actually Care About Proving God’s Existence
20. The Problem of Evil
21. The Appeal to Need for Absolute Morality [Read more…]

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Humanizing Humanists: Sylvia Broeckx’s Hug An Atheist

Hug An Atheist debuts Saturday September 14 at 7:45pm at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco as one of seven films in the fifth annual Atheist Film Festival. Imagine you wanted to dispel someone’s phobias about the members of an unfairly maligned and stigmatized group of people? How would you do it? One method is [Read More…]

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