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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat yesterday. 10 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 Chris Dodds on December 7, 2012 at 1:39pm

Whether you're a believer or a nonbeliever, there's something about the holiday season that just brings out the best in most people and I heard such a story this morning on the radio.

A Minnesota mother ordered an iPad for her son from Best Buy's website.  Best Buy messed up the order and sent her five iPads while only charging her for one.  Feeling honest, the mother contacted Best Buy to inform them of the error and return the four extra iPads.  Best Buy's executives were so touched by her honesty that they told her to keep the four extra iPads at no charge to her and give them to those less fortunate.

The only downside to this story is that now the son knows what he's getting from his mother for Christmas

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 7, 2012 at 1:13pm

"Join us on facebook" everywhere I look annoys me also Patricia.  I have a facebook page, but I give them the minimum personal information possible, and I'm still thinking of quitting.

"Fetch the cat" is surprising.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 7, 2012 at 9:46am

Steph, I love Grouch Potato Cat.  I reminds me of someone I know.  Hmmmmm, wonder who.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 7, 2012 at 9:43am

Joan, I respond to my religious family the same as you do to yours, with one exception.  I don't find any enjoyment in visiting them or having them visit me because we don't have much in common anymore and it's like walking on eggshells.  

That is, I can't just say anything I want.  I have to make sure it's not something they can connect with religion.  They probably do the same thing.  Also, I get too sad for them when they do mention going to church or I see the religious paintings on their walls.  It deepens my depression.

Tony, that's the most attractive mary I've ever seen:)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 7, 2012 at 9:32am

Hi, All! Sorry I haven't been to AN in days. Didn't look at email or news either. I've been putting all of my energy into a new short video. A huge learning curve for Movie Studio Platinum. Tutorials and help were inadequate, Had two false starts. *sigh* It should be done today. I missed you guys.

Comment by Steph S. on December 7, 2012 at 7:20am

Had to post my LOlcat for the day.

Comment by Steph S. on December 7, 2012 at 7:19am

Joan so glad you aren't having any Facebook problems. That's good to hear. I don't mind you sharing posts on Facebook - so no worries Joan.

Napoleon thanks for the video. I like Joy Division.

Cute LOLcat Booklover. Batman cat is cute.

I am drinking coffee too.

I hope you have a good weekend everyone.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 7, 2012 at 12:42am

Gee, I haven't had the problems you describe on Facebook. If anything comes through I don't want to waste time on, I just Block it and it doesn't return. I certainly would not want unrequested information coming in. Actually, I spend relatively little time on Facebook and a lot more time here.

Most of my family communicate on Facebook, some of us for the first time in years. Most of them have a deep and abiding faith and belief in god, and all that implies. When they send me religious messages, which they used to do frequently, I just send them a piece about my finding no evidence of god or a reason to have faith or belief. If they don't get a gentle hint, I get more confrontational.

Their great fear for me is that I will burn in hell, and my great fear for them is that they will miss out on life. I have noticed those who have faith also have a lot of stress, anxiety, depression and "bad" days. I don't seem to have problems in those areas. 

My great concern for everyone is that we are on a tipping point for so many things; climate change, loss of care for children, elderly, and being involved in constant wars since WWII. I hope to see our culture turn around by recognizing humans are not the top of a pyramid but a part of an interlinking net; that humans have the capacity to damage or destroy life as we know it on Earth. 

We are a part of something so grand, so full of wonder, so magnificent, and we had no part in creating it, even as we have opportunity to enjoy this glorious sphere. 

Comment by Plinius on December 7, 2012 at 12:41am

It's the same here Patricia: I hate facebook - but I' ve got a facebook account. I never use it, I just keep it to see things and for one contact. Any mail they send me I throw away within a second.

Comment by Steph S. on December 6, 2012 at 10:02pm

I love that "manger" scene Tony. Very funny.

I've missed you too. I hope you are getting some rest tonight.

Hope everyone is doing OK.

 

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