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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Thomas Murray yesterday. 5 Replies

I received a gift this morning from a virtual friend, Pamela Smith:A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :" One day an old wise teacher was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have…Continue

Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Thomas Murray on Friday. 4 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

Tags: America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Friday. 2 Replies

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

Tags: Japanese Idol, Babymetal

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 12, 2017 at 7:29am

Ruth, you never looked better!  And never more in need of tea!  Enjoy your day, Ruth.  :)

Comment by Plinius on September 12, 2017 at 6:43am

https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap170912.html

this one is very beautiful!

Comment by Patricia on September 11, 2017 at 11:57pm

My backyard view this evening.....

Comment by Patricia on September 11, 2017 at 7:36pm

You look lovely before tea, by the way....

Comment by Patricia on September 11, 2017 at 7:36pm

I can't read that bs either.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 11, 2017 at 7:35pm

A thousand "amens," GC

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 11, 2017 at 7:35pm

I'll pass on the Henderson sermon, thanks.

Irritable enough, thanks.

Comment by Grinning Cat on September 11, 2017 at 7:12pm

Talk about pure, unadulterated, arrogant ignorance in Henderson's article! And knowing what he'd propose as "more supportable" than atheism doesn't help!

Atheism doesn't require a view of the universe as materialistic and impersonal -- there are atheists who reject the existence of gods yet believe in other sorts of woo.

But that aside, even though Henderson cherry-picks quotes to suggest otherwise, a scientific worldview doesn't reject meaning and morality that come from us -- from our empathy and reasoning and emotion.

Our DNA and brains might lean towards narrow self-interest or in-group survival or wider altruism in different degrees -- but that doesn't negate morality, it just provides facts to keep in mind in shaping a sustainable society (like recognizing our desires for fairness and for aggression -- more on that at Partnership Vision).

"If your worldview can’t makes sense of the things that make most sense to you (like objective morality), then it’s not worth your allegiance.... You deserve a foundation that is strong enough to carry the values that carry you."

Stopped clock... twice a day... Pastor Henderson, may your ears hear the words your own mouth has spoken!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 11, 2017 at 6:02pm

In case anyone's in the mood for a dose of good old-fashioned ignorant, monumentally arrogant pre-suppositionalism, here's a lovely little piece guaranteed to make you puke.

Why There Is No Such Thing as a Good Atheist
By Pastor Rick Henderson


Huffpost

Comment by Patricia on September 10, 2017 at 4:58pm

Yes, the smoke stretches for many kilometers/miles.

FACTSHEET:

The wildfire situation is continually evolving and the information below is current as of 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017.

Fires:

  • There are currently 166 wildfires burning in British Columbia.
  • Since April 1, 2017, there have been a total of 1,225 wildfires in the province that have burned approximately 1,168,910 hectares.
  • Detailed information on wildfires of note is updated throughout the day at: www.gov.bc.ca/wildfiresofnote

Crews and equipment:

  • There are 3,087 firefighters and other personnel currently fighting the fires. This includes:
    • 303 from out of province
    • 1,413 contractors
  • There are 128 helicopters and planes supporting ground crews to fight the British Columbia fires.  

Evacuations and impact:

  • There are currently 15 evacuation orders and 29 evacuation alerts related to wildfires. For further information, visit: https://www.emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca/
  • Evacuation routes are determined by local governments in consultation with the BC Wildfire Service.
  • There are approximately 4,302 current evacuees due to wildfires.

1168910 hectares = 4513.187 square miles

Area burned larger than the state of Ohio, & still burning.

 

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