When I Deconverted: My Closest Christian Philosopher Friends Remained My Closest Philosophical Brothers

October 30, 1999-present: Before becoming a non-believer, I was a serious evangelical Christian. So it was fitting (and possibly inevitable) that I had a dramatic deconversion moment the way many evangelicals have dramatic conversion moments. So there was a moment, on October 30, 1999, while flipping through The Portable Nietzsche when I decisively moved from the [Read More...]

When I Deconverted: Some Felt Betrayed

When I came out as an unbeliever at the end of my college career, one of the most disappointing rejections I initially encountered came from a family with whom I had been very close in high school. [Read more...]

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...]