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

June 5, 2015

Tonight I was delighted to appear on the ORLY Radio Show. People who like to see me rant off the cuff about current events, should check this one out. If you’re relatively new to me and this blog, in the first half hour I answer a lot of introductory questions about myself and the blog. Then at the 27:45 minute mark we get into a couple of fresh topics. I gave an extended discussion of my views on free speech on campus issues… Read more

May 28, 2015

On June 23, 2015 Camels With Hammers will turn 6 years old. The site’s been viewed several million times in the last three and a half years alone. And when I have had periods of prolific blogging in recent years my traffic has grown so immediately, with an increasing number of posts setting personal records for hits for my substantive writing, that I am very confident this blog can take off to new levels when I can write more prolifically again. And… Read more

May 20, 2015

Trigger and Spoiler Warning: This post will contain spoilers related to three rape scenes in Game of Thrones (the TV Show) up through the sixth episode of season five. I will also very generally compare the specific scenes and plot points of the A Song of Ice and Fire books related to those television scenes. I will spoil nothing else from the books. When “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken”, Sunday night’s episode of Game of Thrones (Season 5, Episode 6), ended, I had one despairing… Read more

May 12, 2015

On this past Sunday, I was interviewed by Mike Haubrich of Minnesota Atheists for the show Atheists Talk. Mike was interested in how I would answer suggestions that Christianity was required for morality and that naturalistic morality was impossible. In response I explored problems with trying to base morality on the supposed prescriptions of the god of the Bible and then overviewed my account of the actual foundations of ethics. You can listen to the show here. To learn more about my concept of Empowerment Ethics (which I discuss in the show), read the links here. To learn more about my philosophy classes, go here. Read more

May 12, 2015

This is an interesting Kickstarter project. Chrystine Trooien is trying to provide a resource for secular parents to teach their children about Christianity in a way that both brings alive the myths and contextualizes them as myths. The project reminds me of Richard Dawkins’s The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True which teaches children about mythological approaches to nature next to properly distinguished scientific understandings of nature. This book looks to focus in more specifically on Christianity… Read more

May 11, 2015

Last fall, I posted my Top 10 Reasons I Write Long Blog Posts. Here are ten more. 11. I do my best thinking while writing. I often find that what I think will be just a quick 300 word post grows and grows until it’s 1,500, even 2,000 words, because I’m discovering all sorts of nuances in the process of explaining the idea. Usually there’s no point in even trying to present those distinct concepts apart from the cohesive whole that… Read more

April 18, 2015

I’m about to see the Book of Mormon on Broadway! Hasa Diga Eebowai! Your Thoughts? Read more

April 11, 2015

August 1995-Spring 1996: I got my first job, if you don’t count my previous work mowing my neighbors’ lawns, at the age of seventeen. I worked at the video store owned and managed by one of the couples that lived across the street from me when I was growing up. I had grown up not knowing them particularly well but knowing their mentally disabled son very well. Cognitively he connected best with young elementary school kids and so even though he was… Read more

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