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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 sk8eycat on June 14, 2015 at 8:33pm

Joan, I think Bernie Sanders has style and compassion enough to run the Oval Office; I just worry about his age, and the fact that he represents such a small state.  He has about a year to make himself known to those who don't follow politics as closely as I do....I've been getting his newsletters and speeches for several years now (since the "Citizens United" fiasco began, at least), and he's a brilliant, tough old bird who doesn't take any BS from anyone.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 14, 2015 at 7:49pm

Felaine, I don't know if it is frost or fire that will get us off this planet, I just know the weather is very erratic and if I want to flourish, I need to be ready for whatever weather comes at me. 

Some of my plants freeze out, some burn up. Well, there are things I can do to protect the plants from both if I am lucky and don't have too much cold or hot. Oh! I didn't mention the wind! 

What is, is! Be realistic about reality and deal with it the best way we can. We can die frustrated, angry, sad, afraid, or face it with full recognition of the challenges and know we gave our very best. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 14, 2015 at 7:41pm

Carl, that trip to the Field Museum of Natural History must have been a memorable experience. I only saw photos and felt great sadness for the plight of all those people and creatures. 

I like this fellow, Gutierrez. He is the kind of politician that gets things done. Wish we had a POTUS candidate who possessed his style. 

Comment by sk8eycat on June 14, 2015 at 6:25pm

Luis Gutierrez is a dynamite speaker!  The people in his strangely gerrymandered district must be proud of him.

(And I hadn't heard a genuine Chicago accent since I left Holiday....what memories!  Thank you.)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 14, 2015 at 5:32pm

Joan, I'm sure Luis Gutierrez has been called worse.  LOL

When I was in high school we took a trip to the Field Museum of Natural History here in Chicago.  It was hosting a traveling exhibit about Pompeii and had quite a few off the plaster casts on display of the people in the positions in which they died.  Poignant figures of people huddled together and others in agonizing positions in the throes of death.  Yes, very haunting images that I still remember today.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 14, 2015 at 4:55pm

Sorry, my computer labeled the dog of Pompeii as Luis Gutierrez. There is the gremlin in the machine again. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 14, 2015 at 4:43pm

Ian, I find little interest in modern music and when I happened onto Sting I find I like his haunting voice.  

Chris, you have more sophistication in music than I. I will have to do a little hunting for Dowland. Can you suggest one or two that you like of his work? 

Carl, I detest when politicos us Saul Alinsky tactics against my issues and am very proud when politicians use the same tactics in favor of what I want. I guess one can say I am a hypocrite. Thanks for pointing out the virtues of Luis Gutierrez. I respect his position on police and teenagers. He is correct, of course. 

Ian, the 'CAVE CANEM' reflects the art of Pompeii that only recently has become known. There is an image from my childhood of the dog of Pompeii that haunts me still. It seems this dog suffocated in the ash of the eruption. 

Luis Gutierrez

Comment by Ian Mason on June 14, 2015 at 4:07pm

The 'CAVE CANEM' is a mosaic from Pompeii. 'Beware of the dog' in Latin.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 13, 2015 at 9:32pm

Joan, I always enjoy your descriptions of home life. Thanks.

Flying Atheist, your congressional district is the epitome of current US political integrity.

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 13, 2015 at 6:48pm

 

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