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What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat 19 hours ago. 10 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

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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 February 14, 2014 at 5:44pm

Mindy, your daughter has a dilemma, for sure. I wonder how she will choose to resolve it? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 14, 2014 at 5:43pm

A slight adjustment in naming:

December 21-22 Winter Solstice Shortest day of the year 

February 5 Cross-Quarter Day Mid-winter's Day 

March 19-21 Spring Equinox Equal day and night 

May 5 Cross-Quarter Day Mid-spring's Day  

June 20-22  Summer Solstice Longest day of the year 

August 7 Cross-Quarter Day Mid-summer's Day  

September 21-24  Autumn Equinox Equal day and night 

November 7 Cross-Quarter Day Mid-autumn's Day 

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 14, 2014 at 5:18pm

As to valentines day ... I agree wholeheartedly! How else will candy makers and flower growers make a living if it were not for weddings, funerals, and celebrations such as valentines day. 

On the other hand, I love mileposts in my life. Simple things like the day I plant cabbage seeds knowing they will be sauerkraut in a crock to be opened on Dec. 21 or 22, whichever is the winter solstice.  

We celebrate all four season changes as well as the cross days.

­­­­­­Solar Wheel of the Year in the Northern Hemisphere:

December 21-22 Winter Solstice Shortest day of the year 

February 5 Cross-Quarter Day Halfway between 

March 19-21 Spring Equinox Equal day and night 

May 5 Cross-Quarter Day Halfway between 

June 20-22  Summer Solstice Longest day of the year 

August 7 Cross-Quarter Day Halfway between 

September 21-24  Autumn Equinox Equal day and night 

November 7 Cross-Quarter Day Halfway between 

These have nothing to do with pre-historic traditions or religious customs, and yet all the major early and recent holidays follow very closely to these dates. They are the ways time is tracked from :

Solstice, Equinox. and Cross-Quarter Days  

http://www.astronomy.ohio-state.edu/~pogge/Ast161/Unit2/time.html

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 14, 2014 at 3:07pm

Loren, your wife is a jewel! What a wonderful gift! What all does that timepiece do? I don't suppose they manufacture such a timepiece that is affordable? Well, I love things that measure. And I guess you do too. 

Give your wife a big hug from me and tell her I think she is a most caring woman I know ...  partly because you love her so much, she must be a very special. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 14, 2014 at 3:05pm

I've never celebrated valentines day either. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 14, 2014 at 3:00pm

Diamonds is one of my pet peeves.  The companies that control them only let a few on the market at a time to keep the price high.  At least they did in the past.  Don't know about today.

Plus, I just don't see the attraction.  I find colored glass "gems" far more beautiful. 

Comment by Plinius on February 14, 2014 at 2:18pm

A nice gift Loren!!

Do you all celebrate Valentine's day? I never did - I felt that it was a florists' trick to boost sales. To be honest, I think that of all feasts and celebrations.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 14, 2014 at 1:33pm

That is interesting Mindy.

Comment by Steph S. on February 14, 2014 at 12:32pm

She sounds very unique. Very independent. That is so cool Mindy.

Comment by Steph S. on February 14, 2014 at 12:21pm

Cute Valentine's cat!!

Hope everyone has a great day.

 

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