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Picture yourself spending some time with congenial friends, sharing your lives and pictures from your cell phones." They're curious about that cool game, song, movie, camping trip, art show, or other event that fascinated you. You talk about all kinds of stuff, poetry, styles, personal achievements, relationships, and bad days. You can share your inner child, and laugh together. They sympathetically listen to your feelings about serious topics like politics or climate change, even when they don't agree.

Personal validation comes from paying attention to one another, giving more than you get. Everyone respects you and themselves, despite our amazing range of personal tastes and interests. They'll tell you they don't agree with an idea or behavior without implying you're a bad person or somehow deficient. It's an "I'm OK, You're OK" kind of fellowship, where nobody tries to make himself look better by picking on somebody else.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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Please start a discussion to share stories, photos, and videos. Replies will pop up in your "latest activity" and a conversation can develop from the feelings and thoughts you contributed. Groups are built on discussions.

Discussion Forum

What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris on Thursday. 9 Replies

Long story short, it's those near misses, the almost-but-not-quite, close but no cheroot moments, or, would you believe ... Near Death Experiences!  So what's the big deal?  Betty Bowers, America's BEST Christian and self-proclaimed expert on such…Continue

Tags: Near Death Experiences, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

degrading love — part one (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 22. 11 Replies

Love is by many considered among the highest of positive emotions.  Yet when love of the type offered by deities is examined, something seems to go seriously wrong.  The love of Yahweh seems less a gift than a demand, not so much beneficence as a…Continue

Tags: TheraminTrees, god, love

Ning, Error 500s, and Whether to Migrate

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 13. 47 Replies

I just got the following notice from Ning yesterday, (31 October, 2016), in the wake of this latest website outage:As some of you may be aware, we experienced a system outage earlier this morning. The cause was due to a specific network…Continue

Tags: downtime, Atheist Nexus, Ning

Introducing Douglas Murray

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 7. 4 Replies

Most of us who have been around atheism for a while know the heavyweights of our ilk.  Names like Hitchens, Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, Dillahunty and AronRa get nearly daily mention in posts and discussions on Atheist Nexus.  One name I was…Continue

Tags: Agatan Foundation, Douglas Murray

If There's a God - She's a Woman - The Author T

Started by Joe. Last reply by Chris Nov 3. 4 Replies

I came across this story and thought some here might find it interesting and humorous.It’s titled:If There’s a GodShe’s a WomanFrom the Series:Things You Can Learn from a VaginaIts on the website TheAuthorT.com under the tab, “Free to Read…Continue

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by k.h. ky Oct 30. 35 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

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Comment by Joan Denoo on November 8, 2013 at 1:22pm

Carl, your words reflect great wisdom and compassion. You don't wear rose colored glasses, you express yourself well and have such a nice way of saying things. 

Patricia, your wording is clear;  you always make good sense. Sadly, religion gives way to hypocrisy far too easily. A most destructive trait. Your realism refreshes me. 

Chris, old wounds hurt when they show up in a new situation. My guess is that these events are red flags waving, trying to tell you areas in which you need healing. Trust your feelings; they are real and provide valuable information. 

Mindy, Friday! Already! 2013 moves right along. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 8, 2013 at 1:06pm
Option:
Do nothing;
Find the anonymous writers and movers and negotiate with them;
Thank those who appreciate your efforts;
Remove the plant and get full enjoyment out of it in your own place;
Take a vote of the building;
Retaliate.
Now the fun is deciding which option to choose and lay or sit in your favorite position and laugh.
Comment by Plinius on November 8, 2013 at 2:26am

And sometimes small things begin to worry me disproportionately. I put a big plant in the hall of this building, and some neighbours liked the initiative and said so. Others began to post anonymous notes - it wasn't good enough - and began to pust the plant around. I found it in dark corners, where it will die, it was pushed against the wall, so the leaves broke, and I put it back every time. Now I don't know what to do: put the plant in the garbage, kill some neighbours, burn the building? I've been pestered quite a lot when I was younger, and this plant incident brings up a lot of memories I'd rather had forgotten...

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 7, 2013 at 11:52pm

Joan, you couldn't be more correct in your assessment of the non-religious and of the wonderful people who are a part of this group.

It's the theists who are supposed to be the caring, humanitarians, but their main problem is that they get sidetracked by divisive dogma and sectarianism. 

Atheists don't have all that extra and unnecessary religious baggage, which in turn allows us to focus our energies and empathy on humanity with a much clearer and rational vision. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 7, 2013 at 11:21pm

Mindy, I am so proud of you and the way you handled the situation! You stand tall, confident, with a backbone of steel, and a heart full of compassion as well as a great funny bone. Now what more could one want from a friend?!  I agree with Ruth, unfriending is appropriate and maybe even required. 

You know, the thing about atheism, it is a good and decent way to perceive the world. Even though the basic theme is no belief in god/s, the effect is to open my eyes, and so many others' eyes, to a much larger world. Believing in god produces such narrow comprehension and dogmatic thinking that I find less and less with which to be patient. 

Thanks again, Patricia, for being a relay for missed messages. 

Steph, I love you kitty's feetz!!

Ruth, thank you for your support; you have been my strongest ally all these years, even when I need to listen more carefully to others. Thank you, dear fiend. 

Patricia and Ruth, maybe a walker is an excellent idea for me. My doctor says to go for more walks, but I am so unsteady on my feet, maybe I will take some action to stabilize myself and get out more. 

To all my Atheist Nexus friends, good night, sweet dreams, and a great tomorrow. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 7, 2013 at 11:07pm

Dear Atheist Friends, you are inspirations! Through diseases, injuries, unresolved conflicts, each one of you bounces back like champions, with courage, insights, compassion, determination, and stretch your minds;  all these and other attributes I find so appealing. 

We all thrive ... not just survive! 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 7, 2013 at 9:57pm

Joan, keep posting about anything you want. AN would shrivel up very quickly if the only topic anyone was ever invited to discuss was atheism. We’re multidimensional people who are atheists, not atheist robots. I personally value discussing problems, as mature companionship. Honeymoon relationships, where conflict is suppressed rather than discussed, are boring. How else can we learn from one another?

My walker is blue and has three wheels, Patricia. Don’t need it around the house or to go grocery shopping, but like it for longer forays. It looks something like this stock picture.

Booklover, unfriending seemed reasonable to me.

Comment by Steph S. on November 7, 2013 at 5:33pm

Comment by Steph S. on November 7, 2013 at 5:32pm

Mindy love the facebook post.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 7, 2013 at 5:21pm

Patricia, thanks for reposting Mindy's comment. It is better than I even dreamed! 

 

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