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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 July 6, 2015 at 2:38am

Loren, thanks for fireworks displays; yours is as close as I got to one. I don't enjoy crowds, especially when it is hot. My granddaughters and their families went to Diamond Lake where they have a community display and many people around the lake shoot off their own. Our little Brookyn, almost one year old, jumped at the sounds and smiled at the sights. They all came back to Laura's place where Larry smoked a brisket for 23 hours in his smoker. Everyone contributed and we had a splendid meal. Such good cooks in the family. I pooped out about 9 PM and the party continued until 1 AM. 

Comment by Plinius on July 6, 2015 at 2:36am

Is Laura's house far from your old house, Joan?

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 6, 2015 at 2:21am

I can't take the heat! Early morning feels and looks grand, I enjoy getting up and doing what needs to be done outside, and come in when the heat saps my energy. A nap, some cold water, and I have energy again, but not for outside. It has been remaining hot during the evening, which is unusual for this NW location. 

I am at Laura's this week and the morning temperatures feel refreshing. I have breakfast outside and with a sweater. Afternoons are hot, even though the temperatures tend to be cooler in summer and colder in winter. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 5, 2015 at 10:28pm

Thanks for the fireworks and statues.I like the one in Winslow Arizona best.

Sometimes fireworks cause bird die-offs. I have mixed feelings about them.

Comment by sk8eycat on July 5, 2015 at 7:49pm

I stayed indoors and missed the show entirely this year.  I have been hearing sirens since the show finished last night; don't know if it's brush fires, "private" fireworks injuries, or drunk drivers.  Or a combination.

I just hope people kept their pets safe...animal shelter workers say that July 5th is their busiest day....people looking for pets (mostly dogs) that panicked and ran from the noise and flashing lights.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 5, 2015 at 6:50am

Hope everyone had a fun and safe 4th in the States.  Solon, Ohio, next door to us, puts on a pretty decent fireworks show every year, but this one I thought was especially well done.  A couple samples:

Comment by Plinius on July 5, 2015 at 2:41am

I hope you can enjoy the concert, Ian! It will probably be cooler then, much better to be in a crowd, even if it's a bit wet.

Comment by Ian Mason on July 5, 2015 at 1:45am

It is a good picture, Carl.

That sounds like a really pleasant day, Chris.

Denmark is having a heatwave at the moment but it's not set to last. Unfortunately there will be showers and strong winds on Wednesday when I'm going to an outdoor concert with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga. Such is life and we have to take it as it comes. Plus take an umbrella.

Comment by Plinius on July 4, 2015 at 2:27pm

A NEW picture? Really Carl! I thought you used an old pic from the time you were young and healthy!

Today I went to the museum where my husband works. It reopens in a new (old) building at the end of the week with three new exhibitions. You can imagine the last minute stress and there are loads of work still to be done. So I spent a day in a cool sousterrain mounting pictures and brushing the museum cat.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 4, 2015 at 10:24am

Joan, thanks for the compliment about my new picture.  I took that photo last week.  I thought it was time for an update.

Chris and Joan, I hope you are managing the heat OK.  Believe it or not, the other evening I went out to meet a friend for coffee and had to wear a jacket.....on July 1st!!  It was 59 degrees F / 15 Celsius.  Unbelievable for the Summer season. 

Joan, the photos of the fires in Washington are overwhelming and heartbreaking.  Such horrible destruction.  With all that said, the photos are "beautiful" though.  Did your Cary took those?

Hello, Ian, welcome back from your excursion.  Sounded like great fun. 

 

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