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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 March 20, 2015 at 10:36pm

I'm sorry if I misled anyone. The tulip bed is from Keukenhof, Lisse, Netherlands and I chose it to honor Chris. 

Comment by kathy: ky on March 20, 2015 at 12:41pm
It's a dreary, cloudy, first day of spring. Dog has to go to vet to see if we can determine exactly what's going on with her ears. It's been a year of this. Now she hides under the sofa if she sees a bottle of ear wash or drops.
Comment by kathy: ky on March 20, 2015 at 12:36pm
@Chris, I wish I had listened more to family lineage. And the history my gparents lived through. I only learned last year that the spelling of my family name was changed by one letter to please my,then future, gmother. So people l thought we're of no relation are often cousins, uncles, etc.
Comment by kathy: ky on March 20, 2015 at 12:30pm
My auto correct can makessome grammatical errors that are often funny. Sometimes senseless.
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 20, 2015 at 11:19am

Randy, I am so glad you like me enough to want me to speak like an intelligent, educated woman. Of course, I meant geography. I of all people should have known better because my minor in college was geology. Thank you, my dear and steadfast friend, I admire your staunch support. 

Ian, I had asked several times before on different sites and on this one, that I want correction, especially since I don't get the who and whom difference. Oh, I know! Everyone with any intelligence can figure it out, but I just don't get it. I do the "...

"...substituting he/him or they/them to see which makes sense. He or they would mean you should use who, and him or them would indicate that whom is the correct choice."

"Hint to remember: both him and them end in m, like whom, so that would therefore be the logical choice". 

Ruth recently posted a piece on poor grammar, and I agree! If we, as people who do not believe in a superhuman power speak with power, confidence, competence and correct spelling and grammar, we might influence those who have a modicum of intelligence about our claims. The deliberately unwilling become unable to think. 

Fear and hope are powerful underpinnings for believing in superstitions. We see it also in Daniel's piece about superstitions in medicine. 

Thanks, Ian, for your loving care. 

Comment by Ian Mason on March 20, 2015 at 8:25am

Comment by Ian Mason on March 20, 2015 at 8:23am

Sorry if I gave the wrong impression, Chris. I don't have the same problem as you. It's just that I'm reaching that age when things in my body creak and crackle. Fair wear and tear in general.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 20, 2015 at 8:10am

What a contrast in photos between Chris' Rotterdam and Joan's flower garden!  Happy vernal equinox.

Joan, not to be a "know -it-all corrector", but I think you mean geography, not geology. (Like gait, not gate!)  I usually ignore  poor grammar I hear from my friends--lay for lie, have went for have gone, etc. It depends on the person I'm talking to. I'm hoping you'll take it with a smile! Love you!

Comment by Plinius on March 20, 2015 at 6:21am

Happy first day of spring to all of you. Why interesting, Joan? Is it the Chinese curse:"May you live in interesting times..."?

I'm sorry to hear that Ian also belongs to the Mer-people. Wish you painfree times, Ian!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 20, 2015 at 5:04am

Happy first day of spring 2015! This is going to be an interesting year. 

 

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