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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.

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What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris on Thursday. 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 Loren Miller on February 6, 2016 at 12:00pm

The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.
-- Bertrand Russell

Dunning-Kruger, anyone?

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 6, 2016 at 11:22am

Charles Darwin

“Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science. 

― Charles DarwinThe Descent of Man
Comment by Loren Miller on February 6, 2016 at 6:45am

Joan, we shouldn't be surprised at all that some deity is supposed to be the source of both health and disease.  If it is, indeed, omnipotent, omniscient, et cetera and created the whole schmeer, then it's responsible for the whole nine yards.  Besides, their own holy book says so:

I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.
-- Isaiah 45:7

Comment by Ian Mason on February 6, 2016 at 3:42am

Joan, I admire your ability to keep moving forward. It may be at a slower pace but you've kept your will and your direction.

Chris, the politics in NL sound just like those in DK. "Liberals" are often to the right of traditional conservatives. The former left-wing parties worship at the shrine of St. Tony Blair and his policy of privitization at all costs.

Went out to eat with some former colleagues yesterday. Quite nice although the huge restaurant was too noisy for conversation. One novel thing: crocodile meat. No, it doesn't taste like chicken.

Comment by Plinius on February 6, 2016 at 3:00am

The Green Party is a bit elitist and has lost the contact with common people. Our old socialist party, the Partij van de Arbeid has watered down from red to vague pink. (Red is the socialist colour.) I go for the Socialist Party - I know Americans don't like the word socialist - they are the left wing party with sound ideas that could benefit the 99%. Most of the other parties mouth ideals but do nothing to realize them.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 6, 2016 at 1:40am

Chris, I had no idea there is such a difference in our political groups. No wonder I had a knee jerk reaction when you wrote "liberal" in such negative terms. I thought you had jumped ship from the philosophy I thought you had. Glad we got that straight. 

Is the Green Party a good one for the Netherlands? 

That damned trickle down nonsense brings havoc to the lives of so many people. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 6, 2016 at 12:55am

"Either Theism is true or false. If true, discussion must help to spread its influence; if false, the sooner it ceases to influence human conduct the better for human kind. "

A Plea for Atheism, Charles Bradlaugh , Page 17

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 6, 2016 at 12:35am

"What does Christian Theism teach? That the first man, made perfect by the all-powerful, all-wise, all-good God, was nevertheless imperfect, and by his imperfection brought misery into the world, where the all-good God must have intended misery should never come; that this God made men to share this misery — men whose fault was their being what he made them; that this God begets a son, who is nevertheless his unbegotten self, and that by belief in the birth of God’s eternal son, and in the death of the undying who died as sacrifice to God’s vengeance, men may escape the consequences of the first man’s error. Christian Theism declares that belief alone can save man, and yet recognises the fact that man’s belief results from teaching, by establishing missionary societies to spread the faith. Christian Theism teaches that God, though no respecter of persons, selected as his favorite one nation in preference to all others; that man can do no good of himself or without God’s aid, but yet that each man has a free will; that God is all-powerful, but that few go to heaven, and the majority to hell; that all are to love God, who has predestined from eternity that by far the largest number of human beings are to be burning in hell for ever. Yet the advocates for Theism venture to upbraid those who argue against such a faith."

A Plea for Atheism, Charles Bradlaugh , Page 17

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 6, 2016 at 12:29am

"The more ignorant the Theist, the more numerous his Gods. Belief in God is not a faith founded on reason. Theism is worse than illogical; its teachings are not only without utility, but of itself it has nothing to teach. Separated from Christianity with its almost innumerable sects, from Muhammadanism with its numerous divisions, and separated also from every other preached system, Theism is a will-o’-the-wisp, without reality. Apart from orthodoxy, Theism is the veriest dreamform, without substance or coherence."

A Plea for Atheism, Charles Bradlaugh, page 16

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 6, 2016 at 12:21am

"Every Theist must admit that if a God exists, he could have so convinced all men of the fact of his existence that doubt, disagreement, or disbelief would be impossible. If he could not do this, he would not be omnipotent, or he would not be omniscient — that is, he would not be God. Every Theist must also agree that if a God exists, he would wish all men to have such a clear consciousness of his existence and attributes, that doubt, disagreement, or disbelief on this subject would be impossible. And this, if for no other reason, because that out of doubts and disagreements on religion have too often resulted centuries of persecution, strife, and misery, which a good God would desire to prevent. If God would not desire this, then he is not all-good, that is, he is not God. But as many men have doubts, as a large majority of mankind have disagreements, and as some men have disbeliefs as to God’s existence and attributes, it must follow that God does not exist, or that he is not all-wise, or that he is not all-powerful, or that he is not all-good."

A Plea for Atheism, Charles Bradlaugh

 

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