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punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Sep 6. 0 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 2. 28 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 2. 17 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Sep 2. 3 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 29. 22 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 18, 2014 at 8:33am

No, in this one a crew lands on a planet that seems to have some "primitive" caveman-like creatures living there, but the "primitives" turn out to be powerful beyond imagination. I've also been looking for a story titled The Day After the Day the Martians Came I think by George Alec Effinger. It's one of the most hilarious things I've ever read.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 18, 2014 at 8:26am

Betrold, I haven't read Bramble, if it's the one where a giant of a man comes to metropolis and death walks beside him.

I mostly like adventure Sci-Fi, without BEMs or scary stuff.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 18, 2014 at 8:13am

@Carl - thanks, and top of the morning to you.

@Spud - I used to love sci-fi as a kid too. I still remember a story called Bramble, I think, in the Orbit series that was way creepy.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 18, 2014 at 8:00am

Thanks Carl.  I've bookmarked that site.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 18, 2014 at 7:48am

Bertold, ever since you posted a pic of yourself in your avatar I've been meaning to say, "Hello.  Nice to see you." 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 18, 2014 at 7:47am

Spud, I recently discovered audio books on this website:  https://archive.org/details/audio_bookspoetry

They are free because they are in the public domain and are read by amateurs.   

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 18, 2014 at 7:40am

I loved reading books when I was young.  Had many awards from school for the number of books I'd read.  In my teenage years, I devoured stack of Science Fiction books.  

Because of my bad eyes, and bum that doesn't like sitting too long, I don't read much anymore, but do manage to read some on evolution and some atheist books.

Reading is not as necessary as it once was, due to audio books and Youtube.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 18, 2014 at 7:39am

I'll second that, Randall. If I had a soul, I'd sell it to have McConnell lose, just so I wouldn't have to hear his whiny voice any more. I should be more sympathetic, I guess. I think he suffers from obsessive-repulsive disorder.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 18, 2014 at 7:33am

I love reading books. Now into a Robert E. Lee biography. Marvelous.

K.H., gee I hope McConnell loses. Don't like him. In fact, I can't think of a single Republican I do like! Arrogant SOBs.

Comment by k.h. ky on September 18, 2014 at 12:18am
Mitch McConnell must be running scared. For the first time in over thirty years l received a solicitation from the republican party.
Let's go Grimes{d} ky.!!
 

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