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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Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by BenGee on Saturday. 3 Replies

This is a test Continue

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 Oct 17. 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 Oct 16. 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 Oct 16. 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

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 Donald L. Engel on February 3, 2016 at 8:22pm

Well Noah got screwed because Utnapishtim and his wife got immortality.  Noah only got 950 years.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 3, 2016 at 2:05pm

Most Xtians and Jews take the Gilgamesh flood as proof of the Noah story, just in a distorted version.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 3, 2016 at 1:59pm

A bit late, but yes, Joan, it has been windy the last few days. Bridges have been closed and the west coast has had a few problems; a supply tender for the oil rigs has turned turtle and might leak diesel. Otherwise we're unscathed.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 3, 2016 at 12:13pm

Why won't God stop the spread of Zita virus?

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 3, 2016 at 8:36am
Comment by Donald L. Engel on February 3, 2016 at 1:33am

I know, they didn't work for me either.   LOL  I was just trying to point out a way to spread the word, and get to people who have no idea of what's out there. 

If we leave a paper on a café table that says, "google Utnapishtim" someone will google it.

And better yet, if we leave a paper on the table with all those googles listed below, we might reach a few people, and they will spread the word to their friends.  Especially the young ones.

If everyone on AN did this around the world, think of the impact!!

And we could add other google sights as we think of them.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 3, 2016 at 12:51am

Don, the links didn't work for me. I used these: 


“The Preserver of Life” 

 "Ur Namu code" laws #18 and #22

"Hammurabi code" laws #196 and #200

Exodus 21:23-25 

It seems The Old Testament borrowed from ancient sources ... and continues to borrow from whatever culture religions encounter. 

Jeez! I ask believers if they willingly follow the teachings of the Bronze Age goat herders? 

Bronze Age is dates about 4500-500 BCE

Gilgamesh is dated about 2800-2500 BCE

Old Testament is dated about 1445-400 BCE 


Of course, it would make no difference to those who put faith in their holy scriptures. I guess the Bible is a "living document" changing with the times. 

Comment by Donald L. Engel on February 2, 2016 at 9:56pm

I just had an idea on how to get more people to look into the fallacies of Christianity.  Lay pieces of paper around with Google subjects.  Such as:

Google "Utnapishtim"


Google "The Preserver of Life"


Google "Ur Namu code" laws #18 and #22


Google "Hammurabi code" laws #196 and #200


Google Exodus 21:23-25

It should get some people to thinking on their own.

Comment by Randall Smith on January 30, 2016 at 7:34am

Pizza night. I've invited my "kids" over to partake. I'll be spending much of the day cleaning house, esp. the kitchen. Having "company" over is a good excuse to do a thorough cleaning.             We'll celebrate, if you will, my son-in-law's decision and fait accompli to have a vasectomy two days ago. He's 40 with three children (and a great father). I have empathy since I had one after 4 kids. 

Comment by Randall Smith on January 28, 2016 at 8:06am

Thanks, all, for your suggestions. I take them to heart. I'll let you know the results.


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