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What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris on Thursday. 9 Replies

Long story short, it's those near misses, the almost-but-not-quite, close but no cheroot moments, or, would you believe ... Near Death Experiences!  So what's the big deal?  Betty Bowers, America's BEST Christian and self-proclaimed expert on such…Continue

Tags: Near Death Experiences, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

degrading love — part one (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 22. 11 Replies

Love is by many considered among the highest of positive emotions.  Yet when love of the type offered by deities is examined, something seems to go seriously wrong.  The love of Yahweh seems less a gift than a demand, not so much beneficence as a…Continue

Tags: TheraminTrees, god, love

Ning, Error 500s, and Whether to Migrate

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 13. 47 Replies

I just got the following notice from Ning yesterday, (31 October, 2016), in the wake of this latest website outage:As some of you may be aware, we experienced a system outage earlier this morning. The cause was due to a specific network…Continue

Tags: downtime, Atheist Nexus, Ning

Introducing Douglas Murray

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 7. 4 Replies

Most of us who have been around atheism for a while know the heavyweights of our ilk.  Names like Hitchens, Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, Dillahunty and AronRa get nearly daily mention in posts and discussions on Atheist Nexus.  One name I was…Continue

Tags: Agatan Foundation, Douglas Murray

If There's a God - She's a Woman - The Author T

Started by Joe. Last reply by Chris Nov 3. 4 Replies

I came across this story and thought some here might find it interesting and humorous.It’s titled:If There’s a GodShe’s a WomanFrom the Series:Things You Can Learn from a VaginaIts on the website TheAuthorT.com under the tab, “Free to Read…Continue

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by k.h. ky Oct 30. 35 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

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Comment by Steph S. on July 10, 2013 at 7:03pm

Comment by Steph S. on July 10, 2013 at 7:02pm

Melinda that is such a cute picture!!

That made me laugh.

Well just 4 more weeks to go of this class.

Then things will be back to normal.

How is everyone?

I really miss coming here as often.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 10, 2013 at 5:26pm

I ain't never seen people talk that way before other then me.  Is their a problem with that? 

Comment by Loren Miller on July 10, 2013 at 11:40am

No idea, Chris. I just know that I love his work, from The Star Beast to Stranger in a Strange Land to Time Enough for Love and even works like Starship Troopers, which is a lot harder to take and process because of the philosophy being put forward.

You may like Robert Heinlein or you may hate him, but it's hard to be indifferent about his work, because he will make you THINK, he will make you evaluate what you think and why. For that reason and many others, he has earned the moniker: Dean of Science-Fiction.

Comment by Plinius on July 10, 2013 at 11:27am

Let's guess, Loren; a xtian in the committee?

Comment by Loren Miller on July 10, 2013 at 9:54am

Said it before, will say it again: Job should have been Heinlein's fifth Hugo Award winner ... and I would like to know why it wasn't.

Comment by Plinius on July 10, 2013 at 9:40am

not just about him, Melinda. Heinlein's books are very enjoyable. I couldn't stop laughing when I read ´Job´.

Comment by sk8eycat on July 9, 2013 at 9:33pm

Mindy, Robert Heinlein is (still) a hero not only to Science Fiction fans but to people who are passionate about space exploration, any science field, and clear thinking.  There's some overlap in those fields.  He was a true gentleman and a scholar. I once sent him a fan letter (it wasn't very "fannish"), and I was astonished that he answered it himself.  I stayed in touch via his wife, Ginny, for the rest of his life, and then when I got a computer with a modem, I exchanged cat and skating gossip with her till a few months before she died.  I loved them as much as I loved my own parents...and learned a lot from both of them.

Loren: That is SO true!  I've been reading comments about that 777 crash in San Francisco, and a LOT of dummies were writing that what a "miracle" it is that "only" 2 passengers died. I finally got fed up and wrote that the families and friends of those 2 young women probably don't think it was a miracle.

Patricia: I'm relieved that you finally learned something, but I think somebody should have had the manners to answer your e-mails a lot sooner....knowing how concerned you were and everything.  :>/

Flying A: Hmmmmm... when I'm feeling super-lazy (in hot weather) I'm inclined not to wear anything.  An UGLY sight!

KTHXBAI I'm gonna go check the pool!  We finally found a service company that does a decent job...almost impossible anymore.

Comment by Ian Mason on July 9, 2013 at 9:29pm

Great posts all round. Love the dogs, Mindy.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 9, 2013 at 8:36pm

 

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