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An AN member passed away

Started by Deidre. Last reply by Deidre Aug 18. 4 Replies

Went into the chat room last Friday night, for the first time in a while, and learned that Mequa passed away. I had been good friends with him for a time, but we had differences and stopped talking back in the spring of this year. I knew however,…Continue

A Parable by Mrs. Betty Bowers

Started by Loren Miller Aug 17. 0 Replies

Betty Bowers is becoming SO GOOD at delivering as America's Best Christian, she now does 30-second parables!  (Okay, 32 seconds!  Picky, picky!) Have You Had YOUR Betty Today?Continue

Tags: bible, parable, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Michael Penn Aug 16. 8 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

Steven Weinberg on his anti-theism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 2. 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

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

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Comment by Loren Miller yesterday

Hex, it's not that one of you is smarter than the other; it's that one of you is open to new information.  She's been told that being open like that is an invitation to hell. 

Questioning the bible should be no different than questioning any other source: either it has the goods or it doesn't.  It doesn't get a free pass just because it's the bible and it doesn't get to prove itself with itself.  Evidence talks; bullshit walks.

Comment by Hex5 yesterday
I presented a small book of facts. Her reply was how dar you question god. Tgen i tore apart the bible i tore apart noahs ark on every level which is a few pages by itself then the resurection then revelations i also tore apart genisis i did it in the most logical easy to comprehend way possible. Her responce why do you question the bible why cant you believe it. She asked that after i pointed out all the problems with the bible. Finaly i gave up im like your a lemur. I cannot help you because you are a lemur. Just quit trying to comvert me im an ape your a lemur im smarter than you are
Comment by Loren Miller yesterday

Hex, there are people like that all over the place.  In one memorable episode of The Atheist Experience, Matt Dillahunty spoke of a young teen who had emailed in, terrified of questioning his/her faith for fear of becoming a heretic.  These are people who value a hallucination over reality.

Ask your friend of facts are more important to her than faith, and if faith takes priority, ask her why she looks both ways before she crosses the street!

Comment by Hex5 yesterday
The person i hate arguing with the most in a way is myself im extremely bullheaded and i have a problem in that it is very hard for me to walk away from an argument. I just got done arguing with an idiot. It was like talking to a tree. Check this out i brought up many many subjects i had studied. Biology chemistry psychology ect ect the list goes on forever. Im like learning these things these subjects discreadited the idea of a god more and more. At this point im 96% sure there is no god and ig there is it is a deistic one. You know how they responded. This was a 15 year old girl. She said i droped out of school and i refuse to learn anything els because if i learn something it might jeprodise my faith in god.... Im like WTF! I did not know stupid existed on this level. Evolution ....i dident work for everyone
Comment by Plinius yesterday

Congrats, Randall! Miraculous to me: I couldn't hit a barn!

Comment by Idaho Spud yesterday

Hex5, maybe you had a good influence on him.  I enjoy reading experiences and reports from fellow atheists that can still stand to enter churches, talk with theists, and watch debates.  I can't stand to do those things anymore, so I rely on you that can to keep me up-to-date.

Randall, a hole-in-one must be a good feeling.  I've never played golf.  Just batted the ball around once at a tiny beginners course.  It didn't have any long drives.  I could enjoy the game if I had the money, and the time.  There's just so many things I like to do, some never get done.

I came across this picture some time ago, and had to ask "Why so many crosses?"  She must be well and thoroughly indoctrinated.  Perhaps also desperate.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Monday

Interesting, Hex5.

Congrats, Randall.

Hope y'all had a good weekend.

Comment by Joan Denoo on Sunday

Hex5, I truly enjoy a conversation with a believer in supernatural powers if they ask questions without hate in their eyes and if they answer my questions without being defensive. Sharing "This is how I see my world" makes for interesting conversations. 

Randy, you deserve to brag or to describe your experiences. I enjoy your comments even if I am not a golfer or a walker. Your hole in one sounds impressive to me even as I have never tried such an accomplishment. 

Comment by Ian Mason on Sunday

Nice, Hex. Not all believers are fanatics, fortunately.

Well done, Randall. It's good to feel that effort is rewarded. Pat on the back.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on Sunday

Congrats, Randall - nice going!

 

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