Atheism and Beauty

This is a guest post by Eric Steinhart, Professor of Philosophy at William Paterson University. Some atheists seem to be inspired by a thorough-going hatred of metaphysics; perhaps even a thorough-going hatred of all abstract reasoning.  They are radical positivists (or radical nominalists, but I’ll focus on positivism).  Positivism is the doctrine that only that [Read More...]

Criticizing Wicca: Energy

This is a guest post by Eric Steinhart, Professor of Philosophy at William Paterson University. On the basis of my reading of a few Wiccan texts, I said that Wiccans believe that their ultimate deity is the ultimate immanent creative power of being.  This is an old Platonic idea.  The existence of such a power [Read More...]

Atheistic Holidays

This is a guest post by Eric Steinhart, Professor of Philosophy at William Paterson University. As Christianity came to dominate older pagan religions, it Christianized their holidays.  The holidays were not abandoned, they were modified.  And as Christianity fades away, the holidays are becoming de-Christianized.   The main Western religious holidays were pagan before Christianity and [Read More...]

Nine Theses on Wicca and Atheism

This is a guest post by Eric Steinhart, Professor of Philosophy at William Paterson University. I’m planning a pretty long series of posts here.  Mainly, I’m going to be arguing for several theses.  I won’t do posts that present them one by one; each post will typically deal with many theses.  Here they are: The [Read More...]

On Atheistic Religion

by Eric Steinhart We’re rational animals.  Which means that we’re rational.  And that we’re animals.  Many biological and neurological necessities are satisfied by religion.  Your neocortex has to live with your limbic system.  And as long as we humans have limbic systems in our brains, we’re going to be religious (more on that later). Atheists [Read More...]

The Wiccan Deity: Related Concepts in Philosophy

Eric Steinhart here. On my analysis of several key Wiccan texts, I’ve said that the Wiccan deity is the ultimate immanent creative power of being.  This is a non-theistic and non-Christian concept of the divine.  Please try to avoid projecting theistic or Christian concepts into Wicca.  The Wiccan deity is not a thing; on the [Read More...]

The Wiccan Deity: An Initial Philosophical Analysis

by Eric Steinhart In this post I will talk about the Wiccan ultimate deity (which I’ll just refer to as the Wiccan deity).  This deity is not the Wiccan god or the goddess, but is ontologically prior to them.  My purpose in this post is to talk about some of the features of this deity [Read More...]

The Wiccan Deity

It’s Eric Steinhart here again. I’m going to begin my critical philosophical posts on Wicca by dealing with the Wiccan ultimate deity.  First, I’ll present some quotes from Wiccans describing this deity.  Next (in a separate post), I’ll do some analysis and compare and contrast this deity with some other deities in the Western religious [Read More...]

Atheism and Wicca

Hi there!  I’m Eric Steinhart, helping out here at Camels With Hammers. I’m always interested in new religious movements, especially the emergence of new types of Western religion.  So I’ve been interested in watching the emergence of neo-paganism in America.  America is supposed to be a Christian nation; yet, as every atheist surely knows, Christianity [Read More...]


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