“God’s Not Boring”: A Precocious Young Video Maker Evangelizes; Grows Up To Be An Atheist Vlogger.)

In the video below, atheist vlogger Jonny Scaramanga revisits his evangelizing videos he made as a kid. I identified instantly with the adorably earnest younger Jonny here, from the first moment of his presentation. (You can find several posts about my evangelizing Christian childhood here.) And, of course, I wholeheartedly endorse the older Jonny’s critiques. If [Read More...]

Before and After I Deconverted: The Development of My Sexual Imagination

This post is sexually explicit. Don’t read it if that makes you uncomfortable. And it’s about my own personal sexual interests. So you’ve been doubly warned if that makes you doubly uncomfortable. When I deconverted from Christianity at 21 years old I had never had sex. And I had gone to an evangelical Christian college [Read More...]

Maybe Jesus Just Is Not That Into You.

Ex-Christian Neil Carter has written what I think is an instant classic, all about his decision to “break up with Jesus” because the dude just wasn’t answering his calls and e-mails. He goes over the various explanations friends would give for Jesus’s silence: Some said he heard my messages but didn’t answer because what I [Read More...]

What Kind of Minority is an Ex-Muslim?

Kaveh Mousavi is an Iranian ex-Muslim blogger. Any day now his blog On the Margin of Error will move to the Atheist Channel on Patheos. In the meantime he will be guest posting here on Camels With Hammers while he gets set up. Below is Kaveh’s answer to my question about what it is like to be an atheist [Read More...]

What to Make of our Natural Dispositions to Supernaturalism?

Reasonable Doubts has a terrific new episode critically analyzes arguments against atheism by psychologist Justin L. Barrett and philosopher Kelly Clark that try to combine findings in cognitive science that indicate natural dispositions in most people towards supernaturalistic beliefs with an interpretation of warrant for beliefs that comes from Christian philosopher Alvin Plantinga in order [Read More...]

Before I Deconverted: “My God Died on the Cross, Not At McDonald’s!”

I attended my first concert at 14. It was at a Christian teen conference, I was a devout evangelical Christian, and the band was Audio Adrenaline. I got to meet them after the show. One of them had actually been a camp counselor at my church camp and had very briefly had a thing with a [Read More...]

Christians as Immoralists

Nietzsche provocatively labels himself an “immoralist”. This is something gleefully seized upon by theists who absurdly think that the logical result of atheism is a total rejection of all morality. Possibly the most famous and unapologetic of all philosophical atheists himself declared himself an “immoralist”! And the word “immoralist” is simply assumed to mean “one who rejects all morality”. So, there you have it. The [Read More...]

Before I Deconverted: I Was Baptized 25 Years Ago Today

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August 20, 1989, at the Port Jefferson Church of Christ, my older brother Richard baptized me as a Christian. Richard was a minister (though that wasn’t necessary in our churches to baptized) and at the time he was the person I most wanted to emulate in life. The choice to get baptized was a huge [Read More...]

A Scientific Measure of Spiritual Freedom

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  What follows is a guest post by Luna Lindsey. This month, I’ve been called to debate members of several seemingly opposing religious groups: Mormons, ex-Mormons, atheists, and Christians. What could arouse the ire of so many? One word: cult. Last month, I released a book called Recovering Agency: Lifting the Veil of Mormon Mind Control. In [Read More...]


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