When I Deconverted: I Had Been Devout And Was Surrounded By The Devout

Last fall, I began what I expect to be a long series of posts on my deconversion. The posts so far have focused on what I was like before I deconverted, how the process of deconversion began, and how it progressed through my early college years. I still have some key phases of the deconversion [Read More...]

Study With Me This Summer

I am going to take the next few days off from blogging to get my grading done as fast as I can so I get a summer that is as long as it can be. In the meantime, I encourage you to catch up with my previous work by reading the recommended posts in the [Read More...]

Saying Goodbye

As Billy Joel sings, life is a series of hellos and goodbyes. This goodbye is for my spring 2012 students at Hofstra, Hunter, Fairfield, Fordham, and William Paterson: Thanks for a great semester, all of you. [Read more...]

Dawkins Responds To Me

Today starts a much easier two weeks for me with respect to traveling and lecturing, as several of the schools I teach at either have spring break or days off for Easter, so even though I will still have a lot of other academic chores to attend to, you can nonetheless expect me to be blogging [Read More...]

My Impressions of Richard Wade

I’m in Washington, D.C. at Union Station waiting for my Amtrak train back to New York after a pretty incredible weekend. I’m going to write a few posts to jot down my impressions and experiences from my weekend at the Reason Rally and the American Atheists’ annual convention. In this post, I’ll start by describing [Read More...]

A Great Day

I’m yawning my headachy head off right now, so I will probably be completely asleep within 60 seconds of finishing this post. I will have a full write up of my experience at (and thoughts about) the Reason Rally any day now. In the meantime, I just want to quickly check in and confirm that [Read More...]

So Tonight, Richard Wade and I Met Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan

Tonight Richard Wade of the Friendly Atheist and I were headed to an American Humanist Association event in Washington DC. Before tonight I hadn’t been to DC since I was about 12 years old. So we emerged from the metro station at Dupont Circle onto the streets of Washington DC for the first time and within [Read More...]

My Political Compass Score

I’m almost done with my article. Should be done later today and then I should be blogging by Friday while traveling to DC (assuming the wi-fi works and I don’t need a nap). In the meantime, something fun to chew on, at a reader’s suggestion I retook the “Political Compass” test and thought I’d share [Read More...]

Camels With Hammers At The Reason Rally

So next weekend is, of course, the Reason Rally in Washington, DC. If you can make it, please consider doing so as it is a huge opportunity for American atheists nationwide to make our presence known in our capitol—a place where, in the 21st Century, secularism is increasingly and appallingly treated like a dirty word [Read More...]