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God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Learning a Language as a Mature Adult

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 2. 28 Replies

Trying to keep my mind exercised, and not interested in most of the reading materials that I can find.I decided to attempt to learn a language.  Actually, two.  The dilemma is, how do I do that without going to school - not an option - and without…Continue

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris Feb 19. 14 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

Such Lyrics!

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Grinning Cat Feb 13. 9 Replies

Hello Friends,I was ruminating a bit today on my sixty-some years existence. My mind went back to teenage years when I first figured out religion is not only obnoxiously loud, but also nothing I wanted anything to do with. Truly. I knew by age 15…Continue

degrading love — part two (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 11. 1 Reply

TheraminTrees set up religion with his left in Part One of his treatise on how religion demeans and degrades the value of love.  Here in Part Two, he brings in a devastating, "Mike Tyson" right, which negates and invalidates any claim that either…Continue

Tags: Christianity, Islam, TheraminTrees, god, love

Questions......

Started by Thomas Murray. Last reply by k.h. ky Feb 9. 6 Replies

   It has been 6 month now since I signed up for Atheist Nexus membership. The past year has been sort of a bi-polar wave of emotions for me. I hope I wasn't offensive to the folks on here and I think I have been but I don't know to who. My desire…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on July 17, 2013 at 2:27pm

I taught adult and highschool kids Sunday school and always prepared by doing background reading, reading what others had to say, and even read the old and new testament. I got to know the bible pretty well. Some problems often came up after hearing a sermon or lesson led by the Dr. of religion at our local Presbyterian college/now university. I had a pretty regular meeting with the pastor or teacher because things didn't fit my understanding of what the bible said. On one event, we were all at church camp and Dr. of religion gave a lesson that was just outrageous. We sat on a log by a lake and discussed my objections. Things just started going down hill from there. One day I left in the middle of a sermon and never went back. 
My adult and highschool students didn't know what the old and new testament said. They knew what they heard in sermons and lessons. As years go by, I often question people who bring up religion and they don't know what it says either. Here is a Pew study about bible literacy:

When I ask non-believers why they left religion a large number of them state they read the bible. The best treatment! 

The "Success Gospel" seems to be the big draw for mega-churches. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 17, 2013 at 1:39pm

Although religious, god-believing people are the majority in our population, I often times who the other non-believers are when I'm in public with other people in small or large groups.  I know I can't be the only one.  Religious people are often easily identified because they wear necklaces with crosses and they also speak openly in casual conversations about attending church.  I agree that we, as atheists, need to speak our mind openly in public without shame or fear of who may hear.

I've actually met two other atheists at work because they happened to see books that I was reading and it started a conversation.  The two books were:  The Believing Brain by Michael Shermer and The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan.  I don't "evangelize" my atheism but I certainly speak up when appropriate.   

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 17, 2013 at 12:02pm

Joseph, The more people who doubt if god exists or ifthey wonder if god answers prayers, and who hear someone say what you did, perhaps they will begin to think. For those who are offended, they need to experience being challenged about their beliefs, even if it is only an overheard conversation. They may take offense and become defensive, and that is their right; I don't see that as a bad thing. I perceive that as a wedge in their confidence. Those who hang on for dear life to a delusion have the responsibility to deal with their discomfort. 

There is power in knowing evidence as opposed to superstition. Keep your words public, even if it risks conflicts. Non-believers don't knock on peoples' doors, or limit others' flourishing. Religion is and always has been a source of over-confidence and surety, even when confronted with evidence to the contrary. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 17, 2013 at 11:25am

Little Lula is adorable. 

Comment by Plinius on July 17, 2013 at 10:21am

got away with what you said? Did your father expect the tar and feathers treatment?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 16, 2013 at 11:35pm

That guy is "preacher" Robert Tilton.  His Wikipedia entry even has a whole paragraph about how the "Farting Preacher" videos got started.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Tilton

I just love when people like him (a major con artist) are disgraced publicly. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 16, 2013 at 11:25pm

Yes, Mindy, those sounds were added.  Pardon my crude humor, but I just laugh hysterically at that video. 

Comment by Ian Mason on July 16, 2013 at 11:14pm

They're waiting for the last trump. I've read that Taoist munks don't eat vegetables and beans. They believe that each person has an allotted amount of air in a lifetime and that farting therefore shortens the span.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 16, 2013 at 6:14pm

Here's an oldie but goodie. Many of you may have seen this before but the spirit moved me to post this.

Comment by Ian Mason on July 16, 2013 at 2:00pm

Such confusion! It's called an apostrophe and shows, among other things, possession: as in Depp's.

 

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