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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 Plinius on April 12, 2015 at 1:25am

Carl posted last on March 24, so it's been three weeks. I do hope he's allright.

Comment by kathy: ky on April 8, 2015 at 12:46pm
Does anyone know if Carl has posted lately? My signal is unreliable and I've only been able to get on sporadically. I am wondering how he is.
Comment by Idaho Spud on April 8, 2015 at 6:25am

I knew there would be problems I didn't see, but I would still like to see us try to be more logical in the US, even if it caused problems for 2 or 3 generations.

There is another thing that bothers me more, and that's not going to the metric system.  It's very much easier to work with and reduces mistakes greatly.  For years now, I've tried to purchase tape measures that have metric marks on them, and often use metric when doing woodworking.

Comment by Plinius on April 8, 2015 at 6:15am

Spud, we have had a series of spelling updates in the Netherlands, all with the idea that spelling should be easier and the written word should represent the spoken word in a logical manner. It doesn't work at all. Even in this small country there are so many dialects that the written word NEVER represents the spoken word. I notice that people are confused about spelling, try to find out the correct spelling from the old and new dictionaries that hang about, and in the end they fall back on the spelling they learnt when young. It's a mess. Every spelling update costs money, new dictionaries, etc. Official texts should be spelled correctly but they aren't. And every spelling update means a breach with history: it becomes more and more difficult to read the texts from our own past - to me that's really a bad thing. I like the conservative spelling in Great Britain: it enables people to keep in touch with their past, and you know what they say: Forget your past and you'll have to repeat it...

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 7, 2015 at 2:25pm

@ Spud - It's interesting that Spanish and German are completely orthographically consistent -- the same letters and combos always make the exact same sounds. Definitely can't say that for English, I guess partly because we're such a mongrel hybrid, but that's also what makes it such a rich and pliant language, so no complaints.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 7, 2015 at 1:53pm

I would love to see pronunciation and spelling change to be logical and easier to remember.  I think most people would like to see that, so why don't we do it?

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 7, 2015 at 1:06pm

Randy, safe and pleasant journey. What a beautiful way to see that part of Europe. Can't wait to read your description. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 7, 2015 at 1:03pm

Ian, I am glad you were able to see the first posting of "Ode to Yahway". When I tried, I got an error message. So, I reposted it with that silly poem 43alley posted. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 7, 2015 at 12:58pm

He sacrificed … himself 

Unto himself

To pay himself

The price that he demanded

For any violation by a human

Of strict adherence 

To his perfect standard 

~ 43alley 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 7, 2015 at 12:48pm

 

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