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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 sk8eycat on November 11, 2014 at 6:15pm

I had never heard of "Crowdfunding" till this week, and I just started looking it up on Google today. Wish I'd heard of it 5 years ago when I maxed out my only credit card on hospital bills.....

Anyway...look this one up:

http://www.giveforward.com/p/crowdfunding

Or just Google "Crowdfunding." for information....I don't know if you need to get a 501(c)3 permit or what....  I don't know anythiing, really.  Just an idea.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 11, 2014 at 2:04pm

Mindy, I like that Moderate Christian post.

Joan, I'm glad for your good news, but sorry to hear about your diabetes problem.  I didn't know you had diabetes.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 11, 2014 at 12:04pm

Ian, love your coin story. I am sharing it! Thanks. 

Brent, I look forward to reading your articles.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 11, 2014 at 11:55am

The Nuclear Stress Test yesterday was to check my heart. I have been having pain in my chest and my left arm. My primary physician tested my heart in her office and found an abnormality and sent me off to the cardiologist. 

First, a Nuclear Stress Test. Very interesting way they make these tests. There is a bit of fasting before, then a pre-test photo of my heart taken with one of those donut machines that the bed slides me into. They get a baseline reading of my heart function. Inject a small vial of nuclear liquid. I get a bad head ache and some pain in my lower back. I sit and let the liquid percolate throughout my body. A series of tests done with computers, two I think. Two technicians who are Registered Nurses (RN) and a Nuclear trained RN manage this part, A technician stops the pacemaker and my heart stops beating, then they turn it on again. I get an injection and my headache goes away. I get eight little peanut butter crackers and a carton of juice and a rest time in front of a TV with an old serial running. Tried to read a Time magazine article but the print is too small. Another set of pictures in the donut machine for post test results. Then off to the cardiologist go my tests and me.

Diagnosis, it is not my heart that is causing my chest pain, it is reflux. I have not had the usual problem with reflux, no bad taste, etc. Only the burning pain that comes and goes throughout the day and night. 

The numbness in my left arm is neuropathy caused by diabetes. 

My pacemaker has two more years of energy left in it.

I walk out of the building with a happy heart and a mind that is relieved of all the imagined fears I held so tightly. 

Here is a mighty hooray for modern medicine! 

Carl, you are in good hands, excellent doctors, I assume, and all that technology that can actually reveal the organs and their function or non-function. Science wins again! I won't pray for you even as I think of you and your coming challenges. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 11, 2014 at 11:25am

Carl, the support from your A/N friends is splendid. Your kind and sweet nature evoke feelings of care. Hope the stress level is going down for you. 

Comment by Pat on November 11, 2014 at 10:31am

Carl, allow me to join in on wishing you well and hoping for the best. And, if someone knows how to get something started here on A|N, put a marker down for me. This is one of those times my bookie and bartender can go to the back of the line.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 11, 2014 at 10:23am

Perfect, Mindy. People need to realize that "moderate Christian" and "moderate Muslim" are oxymorons.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 11, 2014 at 7:56am

Three cheers for Carl!! You're a strong person and will handle whatever they throw your way. As for the cost (and stress/worry), I can't imagine "they" would say "no go". There has to be some negotiations you can afford. If not, count me in for some financial help. Good luck. Keep us informed.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 11, 2014 at 6:33am

What an ordeal.  Hoping the best for you Carl, and I can spare a few dollars to help.

Comment by Plinius on November 11, 2014 at 6:10am

Good to hear from you Carl, but you have a lot to go through!

 

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