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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

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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

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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

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Comment by Ian Mason on May 7, 2014 at 5:11am

A very pretty daughter you have, Patricia.

That's the Judean desert, Joan. There's a lot of obvious erosion caused by rain. In Herod's time the palace was self-sufficient with water because it had huge cisterns to store rainwater. There was even s swimming pool. The Dead Sea is not far away but that's not drinkable :-D

Thoughts and feelings. I was impressed, as I often am, by the human ingenuity and skill involved but bore in mind that it was all created on the whim of a ruler. This is probably true of all ancient monuments. I have to take my hat off to the Jews of the time: the Briton's rebellion of 61 CE lasted a couple of months but the Jewish rebellion held out against several Roman legions for 4 years, ending atMasada. As a result all modern Israeli soldiers are "sworn in" there.

I think the landscape is fascinating and would love to wander about. I felt the same urge in Greenland and in Austria, always wanting to see what's over the next hill. In Austria it was possible to satisfy my urges to some extent without running any great risk to life and limb which was a real pleasure.

Comment by Plinius on May 7, 2014 at 4:49am

Help with suicide is still forbidden but there's discussion about it....

Comment by sk8eycat on May 7, 2014 at 1:02am

Actually, I think she had "help."

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 7, 2014 at 12:34am

Felaine, clever lyrics. She died eating her lute! 

Comment by sk8eycat on May 7, 2014 at 12:28am

Just for fun...listen to the lyrics very carefully:

IT WAS A DARK AND STORMY NIGHT

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2UBJT3S8l0

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 6, 2014 at 11:28pm

Ian, what a godforsaken place! Even along the water's edge I see very little vegetation. Just sedimentary rock, that looks to me like the remnants of an ancient sea bed. There may be some metamorphic rocks in the scene, but everything looks sedimentary. Why do people die for such a place. The only commerce I see is tourist busses and there are lots of them. There looks to be an oasis where the busses park and I wonder how far down they have to drill to get water? 

What an interesting place to visit, Ian! What kind of feeling or thoughts did you have as you looked at Masada and recalled the history? 

Comment by Ian Mason on May 6, 2014 at 10:52pm

Felaine, that's something that's on thewish list. The few times that there has been a possibilty of Aurora here in Denmark the weather has been cloudy.

I have tinnitus but the whistling/whining kind. Too many years of working with newspaper presses plus lots of punk rock concerts when I was younger. Have you found a way of coping with yours?

Comment by sk8eycat on May 6, 2014 at 7:56pm

Patricia,  the description sounds kinda like tinnitus..except for the crackling....  I've been living with that for years.

But I still want to stand outdoors and experience the whole thing.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 6, 2014 at 7:18pm

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 6, 2014 at 6:55pm

Interesting.  I didn't know they made noise. 

 

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