Atheism Is Not A Religion. But There Should Be Atheistic Religions.

Many people on the defensive against vocal atheistic criticism of religious beliefs (either because they see it as a threat to their own religiosity or because it affronts their misinterpretation of what religious tolerance should be) think they’re being clever and catching a great irony when they lazily play “gotcha!” and declare that “atheism is a religion too!” But it’s not in itself a religion any more than theism is in itself a religion. Atheism is a distinct philosophical position (or… Read more

The Moral Imperative Not To Dehumanize When We Criticize #MuslimLivesMatter

A few years ago I wanted to write a blog post about frustrating evasions that religious people make when we try to criticize their beliefs, values, and institutions. The first thing I was eager to rail about was the way that they accuse us of calling them “stupid” when all we are doing is showing them the flaws in their reasoning processes–which is perfectly intellectually legitimate. It’s wrong to insinuate that all criticism of your ideas is abusive treatment as… Read more

7 Exciting Announcements About My Online Philosophy Classes

As you probably know by now if you read this blog, I have my PhD in philosophy and I moved on from 11 years of university teaching to start teaching people around the world via Google’s simple to use video conference app called Google Hangout. These classes have been growing strong for two years now and an exciting community of regular students has developed who stay on season after season or come back after a short time away. Throughout these couple years… Read more

Talk to Me For Free About Philosophy of Love, Philosophy and Suicide, or Nietzsche

Starting this month (February 2015) in addition to my regularly running interactive online video classes, I’m inviting everyone who would like to attend to join open discussions of philosophical topics that I will be leading. These discussions will be free to first time participants and be geared as an ideal way to get the experience of being in one of my philosophy classes. The times of the week such sessions run will vary session to session to accommodate the varieties… Read more

Barrier Breaker

In December I invited Martin Hughes on board at Camels With Hammers as a regular guest blogger after long enjoying and wanting to amplify his voice, having followed him on Facebook and his blog Barrier Breaker for many months. Now I’m delighted to announce that he has moved Barrier Breaker to Patheos’s Atheism channel and has reposted three of his classic posts and three new posts already on his first day! Here’s his description of his blog: The goal here is… Read more

A Cosmological Argument for an (Atheistic) First Cause

Metaphysician, former Camels With Hammers guest contributor, and personal mentor to me, Eric Steinhart makes an easy to follow video with an argument for the existence of a first cause within a non-theistic, naturalistic framework: Your Thoughts? Read more

Skepticism of Claims in Lars Andersen’s Trick Archery Video

Archer, skeptic, and friend of Camels With Hammers Anna Maltese has made a terrific video responding to the outsized claims of a popular trick shooting video about Lars Andersen’s skills that I put on the blog recently: Below is the video being criticized, again, in case you haven’t seen it and want to see it for yourself first: Your Thoughts? Read more

What Stephen Fry Would Say To The Christian God If He Existed…

Stephen Fry pulls no punches in this video. Read more

Just Why Is The Abyss Gazing At You?

Nietzsche in Beyond Good and Evil section 146 writes, “Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And when you look into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you.” Now Zach Wiener at Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal gives us more never known before information: Click either comic panel or here to see how the situation resolves… Your Thoughts? Read more

A Short Dialogue on Pushy Proselytizers

Robin: “You can’t blame people for being ‘pushy’ and trying to save your soul. It’s like complaining about someone trying to push you out of the way of a speeding bus. You wouldn’t complain that they were ‘pushy’ THEN would you?” Jamie: “For the analogy to work, this would have to be an invisible bus that there wasn’t the slightest good reason in all the world to believe existed. So, no, I also would not prefer to be pushed around by… Read more

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