October 5, 2015

This is a guest post by Chris Attaway.  Deconversion can be a difficult process, not least because the people around you are oftentimes less than understanding. This is doubly the case if you deconvert after a bad experience, because people will assume that you deconverted strictly because of that experience. I’ve certainly had people assume I converted because of bad people. The truth is, yes, certain morally repugnant Christians did move me along the path to deconversion — but not… Read more

September 24, 2015

This is a guest post by Hiba Krisht, an ex-Muslim writer and bisexual woman. It is adapted with her permission from her response on Facebook to this meme: Look, if we’re going to expound upon the virtues of meticulously and accurately acknowledging the multifaceted character of Muslim belief and practice, then when we do that we simply can’t cherry-pick for ourselves which aspects of Islam we want to acknowledge and which ones we want to minimize or rationalize away. We… Read more

September 24, 2015

The following is a guest post by Lex. I learned to ride a bike when I was a child, but didn’t have much opportunity to practice during my teen years. So the next time I had the chance to go on a ride, at eighteen years old with a small group of people, I was nervous about starting again. I also didn’t have a very clear frame of reference about how easy or how hard it should be. So I borrowed… Read more

September 13, 2015

A week ago, I had a blast appearing on the No Religion Required podcast. Bobby, Ashley, Jeremiah, and John could not have been any more hospitable hosts. The main topic I got to vent (and vent I did) about was Kim Davis. Then I explained a bit about how my philosophy classes work and what “empowerment ethics” is. You can hear my whole segment for the first hour of the podcast here. Listeners of the show expressed interest in my classes afterwards… Read more

September 9, 2015

This is a guest post by Lex When I was a Christian teenager, I enjoyed Jaci Velasquez’s music. I bought every album as it came out (and I still put her Christmas album on every December). One song in particular resonated strongly with me, Show you Love. (lyrics available at the bottom of the post) I’m going to break down how three key lines resonated with me. 1. “I get a little anxious when I talk about God’s love” I did get… Read more

September 8, 2015

After deconverting during my senior year at a conservative evangelical college, I enrolled the next year as a first year philosophy graduate student at a Catholic university. I took university housing and so was assigned my roommates through the graduate school. They were both Catholics. Mike was a medieval studies graduate student and Matthew was a philosophy graduate student focusing on medieval philosophy. The night I arrived, Matthew and I spent several patient hours explaining our philosophical views to each other. To me it felt like… Read more

September 8, 2015

In the last couple weeks, various atheist bloggers here at Patheos have tackled the topic of whether they would pray with loved ones if requested. I want to write about several aspects of this issue. But just covering the first one I wanted to treat meant a full post. Hopefully I’ll write about the other aspects. What came out first and most passionately for me was my rejection of atheists condescending to and lying to religious people out of a paternalistic sense… Read more

September 3, 2015

Hi everyone! My summer hiatus from blogging is over! Expect regular new posting on Camels With Hammers to ramp up this weekend! I’ve spent the last four months researching and developing a number of exciting new class sessions to offer students. My interactive online videoconference philosophy classes have been a huge success and kept me extremely busy. And now it’s the fall and even as I return to blogging, my philosophy classes look to still keep me extremely busy as many of the… Read more

June 16, 2015

A Review of Fortney Road: Life, Death, and Deception in a Christian Cult, by Jeff C. Stevenson Review written by M. Dolon Hickmon  Lately, the Internet has been flooded with revelations of a particular Christian child abuse scandal, perpetrated by an ethically-challenged gang of TV celebrities, who banked a small fortune as de facto spokespersons for a patriarchal and isolationist Christian cult. As shocking as the initial accusations are, responses from the victims’ devout parents, members of their local church,… Read more

June 13, 2015

Every year at Camels With Hammers on June 13, I put up a post with some of the witty or insightful quotes I want to remember which I came across in the last year. I give you this year’s installment. “Inductive and deductive arguments are okay but I prefer seductive arguments.” Ed Brayton “Human progress has always been a motorboat of bright idealists slowly towing a barge of lethargic bigots.” ~ Bruce S. Springsteen “I used to think the worst thing in life… Read more

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