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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 August 15, 2014 at 9:29pm

I've always wanted to take the Canadian traiins from Vancouver to Nova Scotia, and Amtrak from New England along the Atlantic coast, and then back west via New Orleans to LA.....but Texas, parts of New Mexico and Arizona are (to me) too bleak and flat.

I have relatives in Winslow, AZ, and a 3 day visit is about all I can take in that town.  It's on a high plateau, about 4500 ft, but FLAT.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 15, 2014 at 9:19pm

Great photos, Felaine.  That's one thing I love about traveling, being able to regularly visit and see landscapes that are vastly different from the flat prairies of Illinois.  Every type of terrain is beautiful in its own respect, and natural prairies are filled with wonderful types of grasses and wildflowers.  Chicago is in a great location on the shores of picturesque Lake Michigan, but I've always loved seeing mountainous terrain.

We don't have mountains here.  We don't even have rolling hills.  About the best we can do are our ridges.  These are the long stretches of sloped ground common in this area where the edge of ancient glaciers sat that formed the five "Great Lakes."

Comment by kathy: ky on August 15, 2014 at 9:12pm
Lovely neighborhood Sk8eycat. It certainly did change as things in life tend to do. I think l would be tempted to post a sign for people to pick up after their dogs and leave the damned fruit alone.
Although it probably wouldn'tdo much ggood.
Comment by sk8eycat on August 15, 2014 at 9:01pm

I forgot to add that I get very freaky in places where the land is 100% flat, and I think taking an ocean cruise out of sight of land would affect me the same way. 

Comment by sk8eycat on August 15, 2014 at 8:56pm

This shot was taken 4 years after we moved in...and the ONLY time it snowed and stayed on the ground longer than a day.  There were only 7 houses on our street then, with a couple more under construction, and the school one block up the hill had opened the previous September (1948).

Comment by sk8eycat on August 15, 2014 at 7:26pm

Chris, a hedge or a fence around our front and side yard would look awful in this old neighborhood; part of the attraction is the openness.

As for the trash that lands in the parkway (the lawn between the sidewalk and the street)...we are responsible for the upkeep, but it is actually City property.  View of hills from our front lawn....crabgrass.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 15, 2014 at 4:19pm

Mindy, I was thinking you had more cats, but couldn't remember.

Comment by Plinius on August 15, 2014 at 2:27pm

Sk8eycat, can't you make a hedge of nettles, hogweed or other plants that keep people at a distance? Or find things that keep the dogs away? I'd hate such passers-by!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 15, 2014 at 2:12pm

Wow, Patricia.  That photo is very disturbing.  And you just know those adults think they are doing that poor little girl a favor by giving her a demonstration of the plight of Jesus. 

When I was in high school I attended Lutheran summer band camp.  One day during the church time we were all given large 5-inch nails just to press the tip against the palms of our hands.  Believe it or not, I still have that nail in my toolbox.  It's been too large for any project I've ever done.   

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 15, 2014 at 12:37pm

It's amazing what desperate people will do in public.  Twenty years ago I lived in a neighborhood that was pretty "sketchy."  Right out on the sidewalk in broad afternoon daylight were prostitutes, pimps, drug dealers, and yes, condoms laying around in the grass, etc.  I know exactly what you're talking about, Felaine.   

 

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