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What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris on Thursday. 9 Replies

Long story short, it's those near misses, the almost-but-not-quite, close but no cheroot moments, or, would you believe ... Near Death Experiences!  So what's the big deal?  Betty Bowers, America's BEST Christian and self-proclaimed expert on such…Continue

Tags: Near Death Experiences, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

degrading love — part one (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 22. 11 Replies

Love is by many considered among the highest of positive emotions.  Yet when love of the type offered by deities is examined, something seems to go seriously wrong.  The love of Yahweh seems less a gift than a demand, not so much beneficence as a…Continue

Tags: TheraminTrees, god, love

Ning, Error 500s, and Whether to Migrate

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 13. 47 Replies

I just got the following notice from Ning yesterday, (31 October, 2016), in the wake of this latest website outage:As some of you may be aware, we experienced a system outage earlier this morning. The cause was due to a specific network…Continue

Tags: downtime, Atheist Nexus, Ning

Introducing Douglas Murray

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 7. 4 Replies

Most of us who have been around atheism for a while know the heavyweights of our ilk.  Names like Hitchens, Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, Dillahunty and AronRa get nearly daily mention in posts and discussions on Atheist Nexus.  One name I was…Continue

Tags: Agatan Foundation, Douglas Murray

If There's a God - She's a Woman - The Author T

Started by Joe. Last reply by Chris Nov 3. 4 Replies

I came across this story and thought some here might find it interesting and humorous.It’s titled:If There’s a GodShe’s a WomanFrom the Series:Things You Can Learn from a VaginaIts on the website TheAuthorT.com under the tab, “Free to Read…Continue

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by k.h. ky Oct 30. 35 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

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Comment by sk8eycat on June 2, 2014 at 5:20pm

James, "D'oh" is the way Homer Simpson pronounces his exclamation.  It doesn't necessarily mean, "Duh, I (or you) did something stupid."  He uses it constantly for everything.  Pain, surprise, shock...

My Aspie sister watches "The Simpsons" reruns every effing night, and I have to go into my room, shut the door, and put on a soothing CD.  It's all about Homer yelling about something... always. 

Nobody ever understood why I hated "Lucy" and "the Honeymooners" back in the '50s....same reason.  People yelling at each other over everything. 

Comment by James M. Martin on June 2, 2014 at 1:58pm

Minor cavil with the Simpsons illo, Flying Atheist. Whatever happened to the "old" spelling: Duh! When a mentally challenged person says something obvious, we say, "Duh!" ("D'oh" is not only awkwardly spelled, its pronunciation sound like mention of a play putty or what you roll out to make a pie shell.)

Comment by sk8eycat on June 2, 2014 at 10:26am

Not just climate-change deniers...climate and ecological change are what drive evolution...

Comment by Loren Miller on June 2, 2014 at 7:31am

Carl, your quote reminded me of the last words of the liner notes on the first Eric Whitacre CD I ever got:

The effect is often like the one the great Mozart described upon hearing Johann Sebastian Bach's incredible motet, Singet dem Herrn: "it was as if my entire soul was in my ear."

So maybe souls don't exist ... but there is a lot of music out there which can stir us to our core, and I find the choral work of Eric Whitacre, the composer of "A Boy and a Girl," to be emphatically in that set.

Comment by Randall Smith on June 2, 2014 at 7:27am

Since I hardly ever watch FOX, I keep forgetting to tune in Cosmos. Homer says it all.

Comment by Plinius on June 2, 2014 at 12:04am

Beautiful Loren! I'll be very sorry to lose music when my hearing gets worse, but there are years left..

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 1, 2014 at 11:49pm

I fell asleep and didn't wake up until 8:30......half way through Cosmos.  So rather than watch just the second half, I'll watch the whole intact episode tomorrow on my laptop. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 1, 2014 at 11:41pm

That is so beautiful Loren.  Thanks for posting.

I will repeat a quote that I made up myself just a few months ago:

"If there is an entity in existence that truly is the human soul, it's music and art."  --Me (The Flying Atheist)

Comment by Loren Miller on June 1, 2014 at 10:07pm

Just listened to the following ... and as many times as I've heard this piece, I don't know as I've ever been so moved.  Honestly if you don't leak at least a little hearing this ... well, I don't know about you!  [grin!]

Comment by Randall Smith on June 1, 2014 at 7:21am

Happy First Day of June! Summer has officially arrived--calendar wise. Enjoy a churchless Sunday!

 

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