When I Deconverted: I Was Reading Nietzsche’s “Anti-Christ”, Section 50

In the posts Before I Deconverted: My Christian Childhood and Before I Deconverted: Ministers As Powerful Role Models, I have only begun to chronicle my deconversion story in detail. But since it was 12 years ago today that it happened, I will jump ahead in the story a bit and share with you the text from Nietzsche’s Antichrist (as [Read More...]

Before I Deconverted: Ministers As Powerful Role Models

To commemorate my 12th year anniversary of leaving Christianity, I am finally getting around to chronicling my Christian youth and my deconversion from biographical and philosophical perspectives. In my first post I described being a Christian kid and talked a bit about Christian camp. In this post, I explore the powerful influence upon who I [Read More...]

Breaking News: Yankee Fan Takes Joy In Other Team's Victory

Freethought Blogs’ own Gentlemanly Physiology Professor spent the late summer months giving exquisitely nuanced baseball commentary, favoring his beloved Yankees but also being gracious and good natured as he gently ribbed their rival Red Sox. And he showed a gentleman’s magnanimity towards the Red Sox fans when they ultimately lost the wild card in a historic [Read More...]

As I Watch Laura Marling Perform

I got very lucky and my one Wednesday night off this semester (and one of my only week nights off period this semester) coincides (tonight) with the genius Laura Marling’s one trip to New York City on her fall tour for her fantastic new album, A Creature I Don’t Know. I am about to head out [Read More...]

On Rejecting Faith in Morality

Update: Joel Marks has replied to this post and to my first follow up post.  I have reedited this post to incorporate his remarks at the end. Joel Marks is at the Center for Bioethics at Yale University and is professor emeritus of philosophy at the University of New Haven. Though writing on ethics throughout [Read More...]

Why I Blog

To avoid living my entire life like this: via Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

CONGRATULATIONS DAVE AND MEAGAN!!!

This is a special, special day for Camels With Hammers as Dave Smith, our webmaster, has just announced to Facebook (and thereby given me permission to announce to the rest of the world) that he is engaged to his beautiful, brilliant, and utterly hilarious new fiancé Meagan. Dave is an old friend. We lived across [Read More...]

On The Value Of Taking Stands

I’m doing a whole lot of spring cleaning this weekend. Part of it entails digging through and sorting out old papers. I just found a really great e-mail exchange from June of 2000 which encapsulates my thoughts during a really intellectually tumultuous time in my life (I had only renounced Christianity at the end of [Read More...]

Meet Jesy Littlejohn, Founder of “Rainbow Bridge”, Grove City College’s Unrecognized LGBTQ Awareness Group

Grove City College, my alma mater from which I graduated with a BA in Philosophy and a minor in Religion in 2000, is an Evangelical Christian college which ranks among America’s most religiously and politically conservative colleges.  Princeton Review ranks Grove City among the “Best Northeastern Colleges” and among the 373 best colleges in the [Read More...]


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