Hang With Friends

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Picture yourself spending some time with congenial friends, sharing your lives and pictures from your cell phones." They're curious about that cool game, song, movie, camping trip, art show, or other event that fascinated you. You talk about all kinds of stuff, poetry, styles, personal achievements, relationships, and bad days. You can share your inner child, and laugh together. They sympathetically listen to your feelings about serious topics like politics or climate change, even when they don't agree.

Personal validation comes from paying attention to one another, giving more than you get. Everyone respects you and themselves, despite our amazing range of personal tastes and interests. They'll tell you they don't agree with an idea or behavior without implying you're a bad person or somehow deficient. It's an "I'm OK, You're OK" kind of fellowship, where nobody tries to make himself look better by picking on somebody else.

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Discussion Forum

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly on Thursday. 15 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Tuesday. 2 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

A moment to relax and see the Earth from space; some how this comforts me.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev on Sunday. 3 Replies

All the squabbles and struggles that I have do not compare with those of some others on this great planet. There are no boundary lines, no political arguments, no up or no down. What is, is. For right now, the scenes offer tranquility. Just the…Continue

Tags: and, wonder, awe, of, space

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by Plinius on Sunday. 27 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

Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 6. 2 Replies

This is a test Continue

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 29. 39 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Steph S. on November 18, 2012 at 11:27am

Comment by Tony Carroll on November 18, 2012 at 6:08am

Great stuff FA, I love that kind of stuff.

Ian, Mozart is marvelous. Never had the pleasure of attending an opera, something to continue to look forward to.

Getting ready for work, will be home late, again. Until then, some Sunady funnies. Enjoy.

Ya'll have a fantastic day.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 18, 2012 at 12:37am

Ian, that must have been marvelous.  Mozart's music is fantastic, especially that opera. 

Today I watched the full four-hour PBS Frontline documentary 'From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians.'  (1998)  It was very interesting.  It didn't address the issue of whether Jesus existed or not, but focused on how the beginnings of the christian church started as a sub-group within the Jewish community, which was itself a sub-group within the Roman empire.  Very interesting information about how the current political and social climate influenced each of the gospel writers during the different times they were written, which greatly explains many of the differences, omissions, embellishes and contradictions of each gospel.  (Inspired word of god, my ass!!)

This documentary finishes by just barely delving into the beginning of the fourth century CE when the Roman emperor Constantine converted to Christianity.  It's a sweeping overview of how the early christian church grew and came to power.  A fascinating story that was very engaging.  If you like history and the history of religion, I recommend viewing it.   

I give it two horns up.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 17, 2012 at 11:41pm

Doing fine thanks, Steph. Was at the opera yesterday and saw Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro". A pleasure from begining to end.

How about you?

Comment by Steph S. on November 17, 2012 at 10:33pm
What a cool GIF Ruth!
What an amazing trick! Or stunt!
How's everyone doing this weekend?
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 17, 2012 at 10:14pm

Comment by Steph S. on November 17, 2012 at 9:51pm

Comment by Steph S. on November 17, 2012 at 9:51pm

Booklover that cat and tail LOL is just too funny. HAHA

I love that cartoon Patricia - it's so sad that people are so scared of Atheists and look at how much we (they) have accomplished.

Comment by Steph S. on November 17, 2012 at 9:49pm

Love the whale photo Joan.


Comment by Ian Mason on November 17, 2012 at 8:52pm

Useless trivia, Melinda: the German slang word for penis is ein schwanz, a tail.

Pretty balloons, Ruth. Stealing them of course. Thank you.


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