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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 Ian Mason on May 1, 2014 at 1:08am

"Cramming for finals", an Autralian nursing-home term for old people who get religion and/or crave forgiveness towards the end.

On the other hand, I think my daughter found my apologies to her when I did my AA 9th step as too little too late. I have to live with that and try to have a future with her.

This "Inner Fish" sounds good. I'll give it a try.

This won't mean much to people outside England but it turns out that Wilko Johnson's otherwise terminal cancer is operable, even though he will loose a lot of his insides. Here's a link to him in his young years. He's the guitarist.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzF0AETdRF8

Comment by kathy: ky on April 30, 2014 at 10:59pm
You're welcome Joan. I'm really enjoying it. Patricia, hang in there and chill. I deal with the b/p too so just remember to take your meds . Maybe your mom just wants to see you. I hate it that your daughter is a fundie. All my family, except my daughter, are so l know what that's like.
Comment by Joan Denoo on April 30, 2014 at 10:34pm

k.h. ky, I hunted for "My Inner Fish" on computer and so far have only found the trailers for it. So I Googled for the author and found a video from Finding Your Inner Fish 2009 and it is terrific! Dr. Neil Shubin is to evolutionary paleontology that Neil deGrasse Tyson is to astrophysics. Thanks for the lead! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 30, 2014 at 10:07pm

Oh Patricia, I hear pain in your words! The beautiful person you are, the enthusiasms, the color purple, the motorized vehicle and all the many ways you express joy and contentment offers rich treasures for those who can see them. 

Well, I know your cheesecake will be yummy and they will go away having been well fed, with good hosting taking place. The days turn warmer, the skies clearer, the friends truer and all is well with you. Celebrate your life with full gusto ... remember the best revenge is to be happy! Each day is an opportunity to experience the good in life.  You go for it. 

And if you need to rant when the visit ends, this is a good, safe place to do it. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 30, 2014 at 1:56pm

Joan, I agree about forgiveness.  Mormonism teaches that to forgive, you have to forget.  No way I'm forgetting.  That is not a safe thing to do.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 30, 2014 at 1:33pm

Patricia, I am not a great fan of forgiveness. I am safer if I don't forget. I hope it turns out to be a rich and meaningful visit even as I would be prepared to just waste time with someone for whom you have no affection. 

I am really sorry your daughter is caught up in the cult of mormonism. That is about as a dead end a life journey as I can imagine. Well, at least you have the ability to think for yourself and don't have to put up with the twaddle.  

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 30, 2014 at 8:58am

PS: Patricia, after the visit, I'd be curious to know why she wants to visit you, if you can figure it out.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 30, 2014 at 8:56am

Hoping you get through the biological "mother" visit OK Patricia.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 30, 2014 at 1:23am

Felaine, a lovely video of flying low and slow. Thanks for sharing. 

Comment by Plinius on April 29, 2014 at 11:57pm

Good luck, Patricia!

 

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