The past two years, American Atheists has made a concerted effort to increase atheist visibility places where atheists didn’t have a noticeable presence previously. This has meant showing up to put up a table and advertise their organization at conferences as diverse as the major gay rights meeting Creating Change, on the one hand and the hard right wing annual CPAC meeting, on the other. A lot of progressive atheists have been upset about American Atheists decision to fraternize with… Read more

In the movie God’s Not Dead the evangelical Christian filmmakers used atheist characters like puppets who would act out evangelical Christian stereotypes about atheists. Evangelical Christians frequently assume, unsympathetically, that were they atheists they would see no reason to be moral. So they have the atheist characters act unapologetically immorally over and over again. Evangelical Christians assume atheists would be more selfish and materialistic, so that’s how the atheists in the movie act. They like to characterize atheists as basically rebellious children ignoring their loving… Read more

This following is a guest post by ex-pastor Pat Green, cross-posted with permission from his blog Night Moves: Diary of a Chicago Area Cabbie ex-Preacher Man. Santa is a very busy man, especially in December. Sometimes he has to subcontract for hire Santa’s to make public appearances at malls, department stores and events. Sometimes those Santa’s have parties. In December of 2010 I saw many of those Santa’s in a pub crawl on Beale Street in Memphis. Wish I had my camera ready for that…. Read more

This following is a guest post by Pat Green, cross-posted with permission from his blog Night Moves: Diary of a Chicago Area Cabbie ex-Preacher Man. When I first started driving a taxi I was still an ordained minister. The church was a mere remnant of what it once was, but I was still active in my denomination’s committees and the youth outreach was still running. What was left of me as a minister was still trying desperately to continue on…. Read more

In the Christianity I grew up with in the ’90s, humanism was a dirty word. Reading the monthly alarmist political propaganda newsletter from Focus on the Family which came to our house, I remember most distinctly learning about the secular humanist monster Norman Lear. Norman Lear, I learned, was the television writer and producer most responsible for All in the Family and The Jeffersons in the ’70s. In the ’80s he founded the evil liberal organization “People for the American Way”. For some reason… Read more

Below find a really good video from Alix Jules on his religious journey, his experience as a black humanist, and the ways that blacks’ relationships to religion are less black and white than often painted. Alix Jules is one of our new bloggers on Patheos’s atheism channel. You can read his blog at The Graffiti Wall. Here’s the rundown on who he is and what he’s been doing: Alix Jules is a secular activist in the Dallas – Ft. Worth area commonly… Read more

Existential Comics has nicely illustrated a common line of debate between hard determinists and soft determinists/compatibilists in comic strip form. The whole strip is worth reading. The “compatibilist” in the comic strip represents my own position nicely throughout and is especially effective in the panels excerpted below. The panels below reply to the claim that were we to have immaterial souls that controlled what we did we would be free but that lacking such souls and instead having our brains’… Read more

Tonight I was interviewed by Mike Phelps on The Age of Reason podcast. The topic was set as “Humanism vs. Religion” but I used a lot of my time to break down that neat dichotomy. The discussion was far ranging as we talked about the nature of humanism, the natures of religions, the relative strengths and weaknesses of both humanism and religion, the possibilities for humanists to learn from religion, the relationship between religion and art, the ideal relationship between… Read more

One of the best comics out there for philosophy topics is Ryan Lake’s Chaos Pet. His latest is a hilarious exploration of a number of philosophical ideas about punishment. Here’s how it starts: Click over to the full cartoon at Chaos Pet to see what’s going on…   And, of course, to explore all the ins and outs of punishment and other aspects of justice in-depth, take either my Social and Political Philosophy class or my Ethics one! Read more

The following is a guest post from Alexandra, an ex-Christian. Recently, disturbing footage of ISIS destroying priceless historical sculptures, some from the Assyrian empire, has been released to the press. Seeing the video reminded me of when I was an evangelical Christian, trying to figure out how to be faithful to the first two of the Ten Commandments in a modern context. In Exodus 20:1-6 they read: And God spoke all these words: “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out… Read more

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