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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 November 3, 2014 at 8:57am

Lovely, Mindy and Randall, mixing with the family and organizing help - really wonderful!

Comment by Randall Smith on November 3, 2014 at 7:43am

I was able to meet my one year old granddaughter for the first time yesterday. She took to me immediately. It was wonderful seeing my son and second daughter who flew in from Calif.. It's been two and a half years. Going golfing with son Darin today (he's 31, Laura 39). My oldest daughter is arriving tomorrow.

I'll try to find time to vote Tues., not that there's anything worth voting for. Indiana has no senate or governor races. No TV ads which is good! I'm still tired of hearing about all the races in other states. It's not going to make a whit of difference as to which party controls the Senate. In my "old age", I've become quite cynical and less interested. I've learned politics is cyclical and will be the "same ol', same ol' continuence.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 2, 2014 at 7:44am

Noting the absence of Patricia, I'll say that I have a list sitting by the computer informing my "next of kin" to email them when I "go missing". A/N is on the list, but it doesn't include groups. I'll rectify that.

I'm still "fighting" my cell phone, Felaine. Like how do I change the time now that DST has ended? I thought it was automatic. Not.  I woke up at the regular time this morning, so I have an extra hour of "play time" (and fixed pancakes). 

Comment by Plinius on November 2, 2014 at 2:31am

A help sign that works better is a sign that you change every day as long as you need no help. Could be flags or cards in the window, e.g. card 2 on even days and card 1 on odd days. Now you only need a neighbour who'll check the sign every day....

I'd love to send you a cellphone, Felaine, but I have no idea if a European cellphone works over there. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 2, 2014 at 2:29am

I can't imagine being out on a surf board in that weather. Well, the fact is, I wouldn't be on the board in 75 degrees in Hawaii. I don't get a big thrill out of adrenaline charges. 

Thanks Carl. I hope I am not too pedantic. I love life, and I want to know what is going on. 

Good health, dear friend. Take care. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 2, 2014 at 1:59am

Yes, Joan, on Halloween we had very strong winds and big waves that crashed ashore.  It's been all over the national news which is rather ridiculous because that kind of weather event is commonplace here.  I don't know why the media is making such a huge deal about it.  The lakefront bike and jogging path has been closed and parts of Lake Shore Drive is flooded with water but is still open to traffic.  This is nothing out of the ordinary, as it happens several times a year, be it with rain or snow.  We've always had days like this. 

P.S.  I don't see you as a negative person either, Joan.  Quite the opposite.  In fact you are an inspiration to me. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 2, 2014 at 12:46am

Wow, those are monstrous waves. You folks must be getting smashed! How are you holding up? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 2, 2014 at 12:44am
Comment by Joan Denoo on November 2, 2014 at 12:10am

Ian, you are a genius! This is splendid. Worthy of a post on Facebooks. Do you want me to attribute it to you or do you want to be anonymous? I fell in love with Denmark when I was there. Now, I know where I want to retire from retirement.  

Comment by Ian Mason on November 1, 2014 at 11:41pm

And this is before a bit gets cut off.

 

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