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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 Grinning Cat on March 18, 2015 at 10:16am

Yet another set of hugs and well wishes for Carl!

"I know you will greet each morning with gratitude for the gift of life, and go to bed thankful for another day." Good advice from Joan to us all. (And no gods needed, however similar it sounds to some religious teachings!)

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 18, 2015 at 9:49am

@Carl, a very good morning to you! Realizing this will be a very busy day for you, thankfully, you can sleep through part of it. March 18 becomes a milestone year for you and the beginning of a new life. I know you will greet each morning with gratitude for the gift of life, and go to bed thankful for another day. Even the rough days have very special meaning ... you are alive! I hope you heal quickly and get to the time when you know you had the courage to do what needed to be done and glad you did it. 

Love and hugs, Joan

Comment by Plinius on March 18, 2015 at 7:54am

Only saw ear mites with the cats - the vet had good stuff for it...

I hope Carl is OK. He won't know much before tomorrow.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 18, 2015 at 7:33am

Yuck, Kathy--ear mites sounds awful! Can't answer your question.

Hope Carl makes it through today. He'll be on my mind.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 17, 2015 at 9:07pm

Carl, you are probably asleep by now. Healing will begin soon. I echo Randy's statement that you should not feel obligated to notify us; we are a patient lot. So when you feel up to it we will be here. 

Comment by Ian Mason on March 17, 2015 at 2:46pm

It sounds worth a try. I use it to treat dermatitis in my ears.

Comment by kathy: ky on March 17, 2015 at 12:51pm
Here's an off the wall question. I read on a natural remedy site that hand sanitizer would cure ear mites.
Does anyone see any harm in this? I've tried the regular otc treatment but it's oily and gets dangerously close to the eyes.
Comment by Idaho Spud on March 17, 2015 at 10:08am

That quote's a keeper Joan.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 17, 2015 at 8:07am

Great quote, Joan.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 17, 2015 at 7:56am

That's a keeper quote, Joan.  Thanks!

 

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