Before I Deconverted: I Was Baptized 25 Years Ago Today

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…]

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Tom Petty Is Scathing Towards Catholic Church Over Sex Abuse

As a huge Tom Petty fan, I’m proud to see him come out with properly scathing criticism towards the Catholic Church. He has a song called “Playing Dumb” on the album Hypnotic Eye, which he released this week and I just got the chance to hear for the first time. It’s all about his moral [Read More…]

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Betty Bowers’s Handy Bible Interpretation Guide

Yep. For my own posts on the self-servingness of contemporary hermeneutics, centered on questions of sexuality in particular, read On Back Door Ways of Keep One’s Virginity (And to Defend One’s Faith) , my post on How I Wish The Homosexuality Debate Would Go, and/or The Gay Enemy Threat in the Christian Home. For more [Read More…]

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For The Bible Tells Me So, A Documentary Chronicling Conservative Christian Homophobia

Since Tuesday, I have been talking about the devastating impact of the conservative Christian church on LGBT youth. The other night, via an old Libby Anne post I serendipitously happened upon this relevant documentary called For the Bible Tells Me So, which is all about how conservative Christians demonize gays and what it’s like growing up gay [Read More…]

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Empowerment Ethics: “How Can Atheists Condemn Rape Without Theistic Moral Absolutism?”

This blog post is a new installment of my “Empowerment Ethics” series, in which I systematically explain, develop, defend, and apply my distinctive spin on humanist, perfectionist, virtue, consequentialist, ethical system called “Empowerment Ethics”. In response to my most recent repost in this series, about why moralities don’t need to be conceived of in moral absolutist terms in order [Read More…]

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Dear Fellow Atheists, STOP Saying Christians Believe God is a Bearded Man in the Sky. They Don’t.

So, I’m an atheist blogger and a professional philosopher. So this puts me in the unenviable position of having to deal with ignorant atheists who not only disparage philosophy but disparage sophisticated theology without understanding it. And honestly it makes me wince sometimes. I believe we can do better. We can make better arguments that [Read More…]

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“God’s Not Dead” Fans, I Dare You To Study The Existence of God With Me, a Real Atheist Philosophy Professor.

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Becoming Alert to Conservative Protestant Sexual Abusers and Their Enablers

Last night I listened to the new Reasonable Doubts podcast, which included a detailed account of the case of self-righteously Christian former major league baseball player and eventual sex abuse convict, Chad Curtis. The show is a gripping and revolting listen, and as usual the Doubtcasters bring to bear a lot of insight in the process both of [Read More…]

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“You Must Have Mistakenly Left The Perfect Christ Because The Fallible Church Hurt You”

One of the very most irritating things Christians do is infer that all those who reject Christianity must have had a bad experience with the church and then “mistakenly rejected Jesus for the church’s sins”. With guilty handwringing and desperation they throw their fellow Christians under the bus and plead, “Don’t reject God because of [Read More…]

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