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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 Patricia 8 hours ago

Yes Joan, I sewed, knitted, cooked from scratch, canned/ froze things from the garden, & taught myself most of it. Things were repaired, not replaced until necessary, & looked after for as long as possible.
Our boys are pretty good with most things, & our daughter is good at landscaping & cooking, but does none of the others. I even gave her my sewing machine when she began having her kids, but doubt she ever used it. I have a different sewing machine now as I'd never ask for that one back. She tends to just go buy things, & most of the grandkids now don't seem to have much other than cell phones. Our eldest granddaughter is due for her first baby next month, but they are all religion soaked so I guess gawd is supposed to provide.

Comment by Joan Denoo 8 hours ago

Patricia, I worry about the generation just coming up (my great-grandchildren). They will need the skills of my grandparents and have very little interest in learning how to survive and make-do with what one has. I know my children will do well, my grandchildren not so well, and my great-grandchildren know and want to know nothing more than what is on TV or the cell phones and have no interest at all in growing their own food, making their own clothes, and fixing and inventing their own tools. 

We decided the best way to teach them is to give them simple chores geared for their age and ability, expect them to participate in preparing soils, planting seeds, managing crops, canning and freezing foods, and participating in making delicious, well-balanced meals. By observing the processes of each stage, perhaps they will recall the skills when they need them. 

Comment by Patricia 10 hours ago

But global warming is fake ya know.....

No idea what the future will be for the young ones.

Comment by Plinius 19 hours ago

Small fires in sandy areas, but some dikes are in danger. A dike consists of stone, clay and water - it may collapse if it dries out too much, then big areas can flood.

Comment by Patricia 20 hours ago

I can't believe how careless people are with their cigarettes & campfires after all the publicity!

Comment by Ian Mason 21 hours ago

There have been grass fires in many places in Britain started by cigarettes, military 'live fire' exercises and even one by a gamekeeper burning the cover used by partridges. He wanted to be ready for the next big shooting party. Nothing serious in Denmark yet.

Comment by Patricia 22 hours ago

We've had quite a few rainy days so far, but we're still in a drought. I heard last year that it would have to rain all day every day for 3 years to repair our forests.....& we all know that ain't gonna happen. Then there's the lighting strikes that are very dangerous for all of it.

Comment by Joan Denoo 22 hours ago

The forest is verdant green from all the rain and the grass looks like normal Ireland's hillsides. The heat has set in and things quickly dry out because of the sandy soil. We all keep watchful eyes on burning because the drying grasses make an excellent tender for the surrounding forests. Even with all the rain, the forests look stressed from an earlier drought. 

Comment by Joan Denoo 22 hours ago

We had terrible downpours a week or so ago. I thought the sand and gravel would end up in the creek in the valley. This glaciated soil does not hold water. The garden plots that I enriched last year in raised beds grow healthy weeds; I haven't planted them. Just have not been up to it. The greenhouse is all I can manage. 

Comment by Patricia 22 hours ago

Do you have to worry about fires?

 

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