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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 Joan Denoo on January 7, 2013 at 5:37pm
http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2013/01/winners-of-the-national-...
"Viewers' Choice for Nature: Tender Moment - Everyday in Mara starts with something new and different and day ends with memorable experiences with spectacular photographs. I was very lucky to sight and photograph Malaika, the name of this female Cheetah, and her cub. She is well known for her habit of jumping on vehicles. She learned that from her mother Kike, and Kike from her mother Amber. Like her mother she is teaching lessons to her cub. This is a tender moment between Malaika and her cub. I was very lucky to capture that moment. (© Sanjeev Bhor/National Geographic Photo Contest)"
Comment by Joan Denoo on January 7, 2013 at 5:27pm
http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2013/01/winners-of-the-national-...
"Grand-Prize Winner: The Explosion! The subject's name is Busaba, a well cared for Indochinese Tigress whose home is at Khao Kheow Open Zoo, Thailand. I had taken many portraits of Busaba previously and it was becoming more and more difficult to come up with an image that appeared any different to the others. Which is why I took to observing her more carefully during my visits in the hope of capturing something of a behavioral shot. The opportunity finally presented itself while watching Busaba enjoying her private pool then shaking herself dry. In all humility I have to say that Mother Nature smiled favorably on me that day! (© Ashley Vincent/National Geographic Photo Contest)"
Comment by John Lynch on January 7, 2013 at 4:45pm

Yes to all those question Joan. I would be willing to bet a few pesos he is wrong.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 7, 2013 at 3:55pm

John Lynch,

http://www.standingforgod.com/2010/10/the-ministry-of-angels-end-ti...

looks like an interesting sci-fi read. I wonder if anyone asked the good man Dr. David Reagan what evidence does he have to support his claim? Does he believe all the things he reads in the scriptures? Are they worthy of believing? Is it possible that the end times will occur for homo sapiens when we create such a mess of Earth's fragile atmosphere all living things will die and it will take billions and billions of years to get back what we so blatantly wasted? Is it possible the scriptures are just myths told by Bronze Age tribal people to provide a story to explain things about nature they didn't understand? Could it be that religions offer outdated, outmoded, useless information unless one reads it for recreation or to pass time? What if he is wrong?

Sounds like a good source for Chris to answer his question. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 7, 2013 at 3:46pm

Chris Dodds, try Googling: angel + appear in the end times + four wings and four heads; those of a man, an ox, a lion, and an eagle. I found a lot of sites for this and haven't read them. they sound grim, scary, and would arouse fear in the faint hearted. Good luck!

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 7, 2013 at 3:45pm
Chris Dodds, try Googling:
angel + appear in the end times + four wings and four heads; those of a man, an ox, a lion, and an eagle.
I found a lot of sites for this and haven't read them. they sound grim, scary, and would arouse fear in the faint hearted. Good luck!
Comment by Joan Denoo on January 7, 2013 at 3:36pm

John Lynch, for me, when someone doesn't know how to confront, or challenge, or assert themselves and end up trying to mentally and physically hurt someone, I usually go through a two step process: 1. State clearly, concretely, specifically a description of their behavior that I perceive as unhealthy, and offer a remedy. If the other is interested in building a team or community, they will listen. 2. If they have no such interest and only want control and power, my hate scale goes off the meter, I want nothing to do with them, and I dust the dirt off my shoes and go my own way or send them on their way from my property. 

Life is too short to suffer fools. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 7, 2013 at 3:31pm

Idaho Spud, you and Chris are correct about education that teaches obedience instead of critical thinking. It is harder work for a teacher to teach a large group, but there are also advantages. Conflict and problems come up and become the teachable moment. With the requirements to teach to the test, a good teacher has to forego such effort to get through the required stuff. 

When I taught at the boys' ranch, the prison, or the women's programs I was doing remedial work because my students, mostly, had done poorly in school and didn't learn the essential skills of problem solving and conflict resolution and how to think critically.

There are tons of books on these skills and I treated them like tools in a toolbox. My students had to show proficiency in listening, asserting, problem identification, goal setting, etc. in order to qualify for my certificate. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 7, 2013 at 3:23pm

booklover, great way to describe love. Your daughter being with you for the winter break sounded fun and invigorating for you. You have a "spring" in your writing when you talk about her and your family. 

Your "This walk is over" made me laugh. Looks like he/she is at the stage in life that I am. We have 6 " of new snow and temp is now 36 degrees. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 7, 2013 at 2:44pm

Chris Breman, I agree: "training to make them (students) into docile, hardworking subjects who won't criticize or think - churches and other authoritarian institutes always want slaves."

Obedience to authority works for them. It doesn't work for individuals who believe obedience is a high value. 

What we need are critical thinkers, ones who can define a problem without blaming or accusing, who can imagine a preferred future, who knows how identify resources available and those that are needed but not available, who can muster cooperation with others to read a noble goal, who can plan, execute and evaluate outcomes. Then, we will have individuals able to take care of themselves and who live life doing what they like doing. 

This is worth making a loud noise about, even if people don't want us to jangle our cages. 

 

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