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11 "unanswerable" questions for atheists - answered (Aron Ra)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Jun 6. 1 Reply

If you spend any time around YouTube and have any history of looking at atheist material (or even theist material!), you will inevitably run into: "XX Questions Atheists Can't Answer."  These are occasionally followed by: "XX Questions Atheists…Continue

Tags: apologist, answer, questions, unanswerable, Aron Ra

worshipping narcissists (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jun 3. 1 Reply

They're all around us: people who perceive the world as revolving around them and will go to considerable lengths to make it so: narcissists.  Such beings have been with humanity, I suspect, since humanity emerged from the gene pool.  Even worse,…Continue

Tags: narcissist, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 2. 42 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

appropriating morality (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 1. 7 Replies

We've all heard the claim: "Human morality comes from god."  And we've all seen for ourselves what Yahweh's "morality" looks like, from condemnations of homosexuality and the treatment of women as chattel to inexplicable sanctions against the eating…Continue

Tags: morality, appropriating, TheraminTrees

Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 19. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on March 13, 2018 at 11:48pm

Ian, your pride shows, and rightly so. Congratulations. I understand not wanting photos of children on social media, however, there is always room for some "Grandpa's Stories" and I look forward to reading them. 

Warm greetings to the new arrival. 

Comment by Patricia on March 13, 2018 at 11:14pm

Goodbye, Stephen Hawking.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 13, 2018 at 10:37am

Are we surprised?

Scientists have established a link between brain damage and religious fundamentalism


Bobby Azarian, Raw Story

12 Mar 2018


  • A study published in the journal Neuropsychologia has shown that religious fundamentalism is, in part, the result of a functional impairment in a brain region known as the prefrontal cortex. The findings suggest that damage to particular areas of the prefrontal cortex indirectly promotes religious fundamentalism by diminishing cognitive flexibility and openness—a psychology term that describes a personality trait which involves dimensions like curiosity, creativity, and open-mindedness.
Comment by Plinius on March 13, 2018 at 9:00am

A great picture, Ian!

Comment by Ian Mason on March 13, 2018 at 8:53am

Yes, Randall, I did. The parents have asked people not to share photos on FB etc but, just this once, among friends...

Comment by Ian Mason on March 13, 2018 at 8:50am

I've written a message on Carl's AN page. I hope he gets back to us.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 13, 2018 at 7:34am

Ian, did you get to hold your grandson? Having a grandchild in your arms is almost as good as holding your own child. Enjoy the precious moments.

Comment by Patricia on March 12, 2018 at 1:14pm

Yes, Carl usually checks in a bit more often.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 12, 2018 at 8:46am

On Saturday I saw my grandson for the first time - and he promptly fell asleep for three hours. His mother must have warned him about my 'dad jokes'. He's a beautiful little boy. He had stomach problems the first few days because he'd swallowed amniotic fluid and then couldn't sleep unless he was in his parents arms but he seems to be settling into a rhythm now.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 12, 2018 at 8:42am

I wondered that too, Randall especially as he's had some health problems over the past few years.

 

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