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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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What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris Nov 30. 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 Idaho Spud on October 25, 2012 at 6:02pm

Thanks Joan.  I also often wonder what people prefer to be called, and will try my best to remember any preferences.  

However, as my dad was fond of saying, "you can call me anything, just don't call me late for dinner."

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 25, 2012 at 5:55pm

Thanks friend Steph.  Wish I could sleep as well as your fall & winter cat!  I'm keeping it.

I agree that religion is so very silly from the outside, and I would also add incredibly stupid and often evil.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 25, 2012 at 5:48pm

Spud, I responded to your preference, but apparently I did not push the "Add" button. Thank you for letter us know how you like to be addressed. I, too, had problems figuring out how to direct my comments, so just started copy and pasting names to my responses. That wasn't satisfactory for me either. So "Spud" it is. 
Are there any other people who want to be addressed differently than your site name. 
Sentient Biped?

Booklover? 

sk8eycat? I have to copy your name because I usually spell this wrong. 

Just let me know and I shall be more than happy to comply. Please forgive me if I fail.  

No! don't forgive me ... I don't believe in forgiveness. Hit me once, there is no forgiveness appropriate . 

Comment by Steph S. on October 25, 2012 at 5:34pm

I agree sk8eycat - it is silly once you see it from the outside looking in.

Comment by Steph S. on October 25, 2012 at 5:33pm

Those are both great I laughed Ian and bookover!!

And Spud I will call you friend. : )

Comment by Steph S. on October 25, 2012 at 5:32pm

Ok Spud - I often wonder what people prefer to be called. So Spud it is - thanks for telling me.

So nice to see you here today.

Comment by sk8eycat on October 25, 2012 at 5:05pm

I just wonder why those preying praying men don't seem to have any idea how silly they look in that position.

And one of my favorite quotes is Gore Vidal's "CHRISTIANITY IS SUCH A SILLY RELIGION."  When you look at it from the outside, it really IS.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 25, 2012 at 3:47pm

@sk8eycat, In my humble opinion, it is all theater! Put on a good show and then ... I do over-state my position. However, I have never been hurt by a stranger, but I have been hurt by religious family members.

Comment by Ian Mason on October 25, 2012 at 1:48pm

There's always someone who's worse off.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 25, 2012 at 1:13pm

Steph, I've noticed you and Joan call me Idaho Spud, and I've been wondering why because is sounds so very formal to me.  I also wonder if you want me to call you by your full name.  If so I will.

Personally, I prefer to be called Spud.  When I was on the real-time chat in "Life After Mormonism", some people called me Spud, some Idaho, and some IS.  I didn't like IS because I often confused it with the word "is", which often was capitalized for emphasis.  I like Idaho a little, but just like the sound of Spud the best.

However, you can call me whatever you're comfortable with :)

 

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