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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Thomas Murray on Saturday. 5 Replies

I received a gift this morning from a virtual friend, Pamela Smith:A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :" One day an old wise teacher was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have…Continue

Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Thomas Murray on Friday. 4 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

Tags: America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Friday. 2 Replies

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

Tags: Japanese Idol, Babymetal

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 16, 2017 at 9:41pm

Hmmm, Reykjavik is a nice city; maybe not a bad place to retire to.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 16, 2017 at 6:11pm

Ian, wonderful photo!

Comment by Ian Mason on August 16, 2017 at 5:39pm

My shrine: The Folger Shakespeare Library. My holy book: The First Folio.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 16, 2017 at 3:37am

I wonder how many square feet consist of usable space, for books, for small discussion groups, for interactive activities? 

I wonder if customers come away from the museum of the bible with a feeling of being talked to, of hearing lectures about what it means to care for others, to make sacrifices to improve lives, to feed the hungry, house the homeless, or to protect the weak? 

With beautiful pictures on the wall and ceiling if the paying public came away with a shiver because of seeing magic happen in those long ago places?

I ponder if spectacular theaters with grand performances offering up music, dance, drama, and comedy if the spectators experienced a sense of belonging to a community, and of participation in life?

In reflection, does one come away from that experience feeling overwhelmed by the stories of supernatural events beyond one's control?

I look around me seeing current events full of hatred, chaos, confusion, and fear and I wonder if the Museum of the Bible makes a difference in my world?

Would a visit to the field accomplish more? 

Comment by Plinius on August 16, 2017 at 3:33am

LOL, he's still searching for eclipse glasses!

Comment by kathy: ky on August 15, 2017 at 10:05pm
But,.. but,. CHRIS,. don't you know Jesus is going to be here immediately following the eclipse. Lol
Some nut posted it on the local Facebook so you know it's true. Otherwise it wouldn't have been posted.
Comment by Thomas Murray on August 15, 2017 at 5:45pm

Ian,

Don't forget to visit The Bible Museum. It is not open yet til November but you can still visit the building.

https://www.museumofthebible.org/

Comment by Ian Mason on August 15, 2017 at 4:56pm

One side of the National Mall/Smithsonian today. Part two tomorrow. Just want to rest my feet now.

Comment by Chris on August 15, 2017 at 2:59am

I'm sure most have read about the seed bank being under water.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/may/19/arctic-strongho...

POTUS (President of the U.S.) and U.S. Secretary of State don't believe climate change is anthropogenic.

As some religious people believe when the last tree falls Jesus will return.

Sickening.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 15, 2017 at 2:29am

Ian, you might try this address to get the Greenland Fires. 

Greenland Wildfire 2027.jpg

or this one:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/wildfire-burns-across-fo...

 

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