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Steven Weinberg on his anti-theism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller on Monday. 4 Replies

I like the sound of Steven Weinberg's voice. He has a calming impact on me as I rush to get my home of 41 years ready to sell and plan and put into motion the new garden at my daughter's home. My home is full o empty boxed quickly filling with the…Continue

Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Jul 23. 3 Replies

Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

Tags: ripoff, Goodwill Industries, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Jul 10. 12 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

losing faith (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jul 5. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees has recently begun producing a new series of YouTube videos, which added to a wonderful library of earlier observations regarding his experience of religion. Good as all those pieces are, I personally think they pale against this…Continue

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

Betty Explains Religious Freedom (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 3. 10 Replies

Well, considering all the RFRA bills popping up all over the United States, plus all the fun and games ISIS is bringing to the good folks in Syria and Iraq, Betty Bowers, the epitome of well-dressed christianity, has decided to clarify the true…Continue

Tags: persecution, ISIS, Religious Freedom, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 6. 82 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Comment by Lary9 on August 15, 2011 at 6:56am
"I 'Heart' Mother"
Nothing delights and astounds me more than the earthly varieties of life and habitat. And just as these two wonders are inseparable, I try not to compartmentalize myself into 'thinking man' and 'feeling man' since I can't really experience one without the other. Moreover, I was just expressing to my son last night how amazed I am that the work of evolution, in particular 'natural selection', leaves its signature all over 'creation'. It's constantly being revealed in the various structural and functional adaptations to the earth by currently living forms ---and, frequently, vice versa. This concept of Gaia, of a living, morphing geophysical entity that is both genesis engine and home to all living things, is central to my concept of self. I am as much a revelation of Mother Earth's beating heart as I am an American, a socialist or an atheist. All this serves to remind me that no Christian or Muslim or Jew is exempted from being human or acting humanely by believing in God. Likewise, no non-believer is ever banished from the human family for not believing either. We are all joined together at the deepest, prehistoric levels of relatedness and no Texas or Louisiana school boards can make it otherwise by clumsy fiat.
Comment by Plinius on August 14, 2011 at 11:52pm
Of course I celebrate the earth Alexa, it´s basic. I´m aware (for someone who lives in town) of the cycles of nature going on all the time and it´s my daily celebration to watch and to feel connected - even if there´s not so much nature here.
Comment by alexa penzner on August 14, 2011 at 2:29pm
chris - so simple, so true :]

("Hey, what's the point of bringing common sense to a debate if your opponent isn't?")
Comment by alexa penzner on August 14, 2011 at 2:24pm
hi - i have met 2 atheists into the Earth the way i am.  all religions celebrate holidays based way back on the turns of the earth: harvest, new moon, spring, sun return, mid-summer. . .  i celebrate the earth.  does anyone else feel this connection? being 'intellectual' and using reasoning is very important, but so is the emotional quality of life.  please, don't respond if you just want to tell me this not so; i just want to talk to people who wonder about or feel this connection - thanks :]
Comment by Chris Dodds on August 14, 2011 at 10:50am
Hey, what's the point of bringing common sense to a debate if your opponent isn't?
Comment by Ian Mason on August 14, 2011 at 10:31am

Welcome, Susan. Isn't reality wonderful? Fairy stories are good entertainment but you wouldn't like to base your life on them.

 

They're fine answers, Chris. If people don't want to debate with common sense and logic, why not make fun of them?

Comment by Chris Dodds on August 14, 2011 at 9:31am

I feel I should help us fight the prejudice against atheists out there.  Two of the most common questions I get asked as an atheist are "How can you deny that this world is the product of anything but intelligent design?" and "What do you yell out in bed?"

In the case of the former, I answer "I can deny that we're the byproduct of intelligent desgin because you're here."  With the latter, I go "Ask your wife."

I know it makes me sound like a dick, but I really don't care.

Comment by Susan Pfuntner on August 12, 2011 at 2:56pm
Hi I'm Susan. My husband and I both turned 40 this year and decided it was time to grow up and stop believing in fairytales. :)
Comment by MolotovDerp on August 9, 2011 at 10:27pm
I was peer pressured here :P
Comment by Diego Veríssimo Lakatos on August 9, 2011 at 8:35pm
I made a mistake, the link for the "Rational Society" is www.sociedaderacionalista.org
 

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