Philosophical Advice For A Lesbian Atheist With Religiously Homophobic Future In-Laws

Dear Dr. Fincke, I am at a complete loss when it comes to my future in-laws (ahhh…in-law problems). I have identified as an atheist, openly and proudly, since I knew there was a word for what I (didn’t) believe. It doesn’t often come up, but I’m not afraid to talk about it when it does. [Read More...]

My Discussion of Gays With Right Wing Radio Host Jesse Lee Peterson (Free Audio and Transcript)

On December 11, 2013 I appeared on the nationally syndicated Jesse Lee Peterson Show to discuss my blog post “How I Wish The Homosexuality Debate Would Go”. Usually old episodes of the show can only be heard with a subscription, but you can listen to my appearance for free by using this link for Camels [Read More...]

I’m On The Radio and Livestreaming Internet Today, 11am Eastern Time on the Jesse Lee Peterson Show

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A couple months back I wrote an article called “How Wish The Homosexuality Debate Would Go”. My article was a response to an article of the same title (except for the italicized “I”) by a conservative Christian named Trevin Wax at The Gospel Coalition. In that article, Wax explored all the arguments he wished conservative Christians would successfully make by using the conceit of a hypothetical TV or radio interview with a hostile interviewer. I critiqued Wax’s proposed replies to criticisms of conservative Christian positions on gays in the church and in the culture, exploring all the arguments wish we heard in media discussions of gays, conservative Christianity, and the culture.

Now, ironically and gratefully, I have the opportunity to talk to an actual nationally syndicated radio show host who is hostile to my positions. So we will see how the arguments fare. I am going to be on The Jesse Lee Peterson Show today at 11:05am Eastern Time. I am told I will be on for possibly as long as an hour. Check your local affiliates for the Jesse Lee Peterson Show or listen on livestream here. There should be a way to listen to the interview afterwards. [Read more...]

Kidnapped for Christ

Christian homophobia combined with sadistic Christian authoritarian fetishism of “discipline” leads to this: The Kickstarter to help finish this documentary is here. From the Kickstarter, Kidnapped for Christ follows the stories of several American teenagers who were taken from their homes and sent to an Evangelical Christian reform school known as Escuela Caribe located in the [Read More...]

Out of the Closet for the 1st Time, at Oxford

Below is part 2 of a series of posts presenting excerpted videos and transcripts of an interview I conducted October 14, 2012 with my college best friend John Hazlet, whose struggles with doubt and depression were instrumental in my personal deconversion. (The full two part interview is here and here.) At the time of our interview John was a Benedictine monk, publicly discussing [Read More...]

How My Best Friend Helped End My Faith and then Became an Openly Gay Monk

John Hazlet was my best friend in college. We were both philosophy majors and Christians at Grove City College, one of the nation’s most politically conservative and religiously evangelical respected liberal arts institutions. John’s struggles with his homosexuality (which he initially revealed only to me) and with suicidal ideation, and his unrestrained and relentless skeptical [Read More...]

“LGBTQrstuv: Bisexuality & Transgender” by John Corvino

John Corvino uses his philosophical precision, humor, geniality, and teacher’s clarity to explain bisexuality and other gender identities and sexual orientations that don’t fit in the simple box of cisgendered heterosexuality: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

How I Wish The Homosexuality Debate Would Go

Trevin Wax at The Gospel Coalition wrote a hypothetical conversation between an anti-homosexuality Christian pastor and a pro-gay talk show host called “How I Wish the Homosexuality Debate Would Go”. Since this article was recommended on Facebook no less than 18,000 times, I take it that many Christians found it reasonable, likely even taking it to be an ideal representation of their own views. So, I want to take seriously this Christian speaking for many other Christians in his own fictional representative’s words. In this post, I offer the remarks I would make were I also on this show, responding to the hypothetical pastor’s each comment. [Read more...]

My Systematic, Naturalistic Empowerment Ethics, With Applications to Tyrants, the Differently Abled, and LGBT People

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If you only ever read one thing I write about ethics. Let it be this.

This is a long, comprehensive, systematic defense of a naturalistic atheistic ethics, grounded in an attempt to be rationally coherent, consistent, and developed based on objective, factual premises that should not be very controversial in themselves.

This post also features an explanation of how we can say ethics is rooted in nature without coming to anti-LGBT conclusions that Catholics claim “natural law” would dictate. It also includes an explanation about how we can talk about power as a good thing (contra-Christian messaging) without endorsing abuses of power. And it has an explanation of how we can talk aspirationally about an ethics of maximizing human greatness without being ableists who throw the “disabled” under the bus in the process.

This is one of the longest posts of my original writing I have ever put up. I think it’s worth it though. It unites what could have been 8 separate posts together for the sake of putting my arguments about crucial applied topics in a relatively full context. [Read more...]


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