Emma C Williams is a teacher and freelance writer. She is also an author of Young Adult fiction, for which see the “Anna Jones” tab above.

Originally from Berkshire, she read Classics at Royal Holloway, University of London and had a brief spell publishing academic work in the field of Neoplatonism under her maiden name of Emma C Clarke. She then realised that it was making her miserable and got the hell out.

Emma now works full time as a Latin teacher at Woking High School and also acts as a private Latin tutor in Horsell, Woking in Surrey. She spends her spare time writing opinion pieces on various themes from a Humanist and free-thinking perspective. She currently writes for Quillette Magazine, a platform for free thought and contributes regularly to the British Humanist Association magazine Humanist Life. You can follow her on Twitter: @emma_c_williams

List of Published Articles:
On Opinions and Entitlement
Man’s inhumanity to man: a humanist perspective on the crucifixion story
Taking the Wonder out of Science Education
The Disinviting of Dawkins
Herd Mentality
Mind Your Own Business
Je suis George Lawlor
On Privilege and Being Human
On “safe spaces” and Germaine Greer
The case against Operation Christmas Child
Love Wins: deconstructing the Biblical arguments “against” homosexuality
Righteous anger and the death of Leelah Alcorn
In the Customs of our Ancestors
Ask me no Questions

Those who can’t Preach

Losing my Religion
Good without God
The Sanctity of Life
The W Word

Cameron’s “Christian country”
On Being Impractical

Tours with Claws

For the love of Kindle
How I became an Atheist
On my first novel

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  1. Hello Emma,

    I’m a journalist at the BBC in Coventry, and am really interested in your article on Operation Christmas Child. http://humanistlife.org.uk/2015/10/14/why-parents-shouldnt-support-operation-christmas-child/#_edn1

    Could we have a chat at some point today, and possibly have you on air during our breakfast show on Sunday morning, to discuss the issue?

    I’m on 02476 539 222 and Luke.Walton2@bbc.co.uk

    Many thanks,

    Luke Walton

  2. Hello Emma,

    A friend just posted your article, “Herd Mentality,” on Facebook. It had quite an effect on me, and it raised an important central question.

    I literally was that child walking around the schoolyard, never joining in, always observing and thinking. Not a joiner in the least, find other people’s herd mentality common and stupid, can’t stand large crowds both due to the overwhelming proximity of people and the tendency toward rah-rah-rah’ism and mindless following of others. I’ve always jeered the team player, the yes man, the corporate or team jingoist. I see teams as harbors for the less talented and weak. I abhor the person who constantly checks how his behavior is perceived and adjusts to fit others’ expectations. I can’t stand the person who supports whatever politically correct notion is in vogue, the one who “corrects” other people’s verbal behavior and attitudes as a means of oh-so enlightened self social promotion.

    I cannot understand how people can be so deluded as to believe in sky gods, virgin births, miracles, and life after death in a heaven. I see it again as the stupidity of sheep following other sheep into intellectual default.

    The central questions are: why are we like this and is it essentially a developmental defect? Is it Asperger’s or some state of very high functioning autism? Are we abnormal, bent, maladaptive, or is this also an equally acceptable form of response to the world?

    • Hi Christian I am so sorry it has taken so long for me to approve your comment and reply. I use this website so little – it’s currently just a place to hold a list of my recent work!

      Personally I don’t think I am autistic (others might disagree!) There were personal reasons that I didn’t fit in as a child and these have certainly left a legacy, but as I say it’s something I have come to terms with and in many ways begun to like about myself. As long as it doesn’t become a barrier to making friends and finding people to care about, I don’t really care about the herd. I hope you feel the same!

      I am much more active on Twitter and hardly ever come on here, so do feel free to say hi there. All the best.

  3. Hi Emma,
    Just read your article on Dawkins. Coming from a state which is prone to this exact kind of reactionary certainty it’s good to know there’s some people with sense in the world.
    My only disagreement would be that everyone should be allowed a platform as you put it, regardless of opinion, as long as it isn’t intentionally disruptive. That can have it’s uses but in an academic standpoint a theologian should have the right to make their case, and rebuttals also. Being irreligious also I’m still of the opinion that that level of tolerance is necessary, even if I disagree with their opinions it helps to understand their motivations and background.

    Wish you well,
    Anonymous poster. (not the jokers with the masks btw)

    • Hi thanks for your comment and sorry it took me so long to approve it! I am hardly ever on here and get most of my feedback via Twitter and my Facebook page. Thanks for your comments it’s so terrific to have people engaging with my work.

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