Poor Crommunist

Hopefully all you read Ian Cromwell’s terrific blog, Crommunist Manifesto. He’s going to need your support in the future. Today he got the news he will be enrolled in a PhD program. As most of you know, nearly two years ago I finished a 10-year sentence in a PhD program. I know what you’re thinking: [Read More...]

Before I Deconverted: I Dabbled With Calvinism In College (Everyone Was Doing It)

I’m writing a series of posts about my Christian upbringing and the philosophical and personal road to my deconversion. Often it is easy for atheists, especially for those who never were serious religious believers, to not understand how religious thinking works from the inside. What counts as evidence for or against theological propositions when you [Read More...]

I'm a Muppet of a Man, I'm a Very Manly Muppet

In honor of the most justly deserved Oscar win for “Man or Muppet” just now, I am reposting my personal meditation/film review which was inspired by the song and written (and lost in the barrage of so many posts) during my January blogathon. Enjoy! [Read more...]

Would You Die For Atheism?

My answer. You? [Read more...]

"What Are The Limits of Church Authority In the Public Sphere?"

This is part 2 of a debate with Roman Catholic theology graduate student named Mary. In part 1, we introduced and began to debate the topic of whether or not universities, hospitals, and social agencies run by the Catholic Church should be exempted from laws requiring employers to provide their employees health insurance that covers [Read More...]

"Should Catholic Employers Be Exempted From Paying For Health Insurance Covering Contraception?"

If you were reading Camels With Hammers regularly before we made the move to Freethought Blogs, you would have frequently been treated to the long, insightful, and vigorously argued comments of my friend Mary. Mary is a Roman Catholic and is politically liberal in many (but not all) respects. We met when I was a [Read More...]

Computer Problems

Please forgive my uncharacteristic absence from the internet the last four days and possibly for the next four days. My computer died. The customer service of two companies has been abysmal. It’s been a miserable and frustrating few days (including my birthday on Tuesday). In addition to not being able to tend to the blog, [Read More...]

Part 3 of my interview with Bret at "Anything But Theist"

The first part of my four part interview with Anything But Theist was about Nietzsche’s role in my deconversion and about my views on the various kinds of atheists and Christians I observe. The second part of the interview focused on whether or how to prioritize truth against other competing values. (I’ll have more to [Read More...]

Just How Much Should We Prioritize Truth Over Other Goods?

As I mentioned the other day, in part one of my four part interview with Bret Alan of Anything But Theist, we talked primarily about the different, conflicting attitudes among a range of different kinds of atheists and about how Nietzsche got under my skin enough to drastically accelerate my deconversion. I also discussed various [Read More...]

6 Kinds of Atheists, 4 Kinds of Christians, and How Nietzsche's Zarathustra Deconverted Me

What are the differences between atheists who are ashamed, those who are apatheistic, those who are accommodationist, those who are lions, those who are children, and those who are hyenas? How did reading Nietzsche’s writings, and especially the book Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for Everyone and Nobody, overwhelm me and undermine my faith so strongly [Read More...]