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11 "unanswerable" questions for atheists - answered (Aron Ra)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Jun 6. 1 Reply

If you spend any time around YouTube and have any history of looking at atheist material (or even theist material!), you will inevitably run into: "XX Questions Atheists Can't Answer."  These are occasionally followed by: "XX Questions Atheists…Continue

Tags: apologist, answer, questions, unanswerable, Aron Ra

worshipping narcissists (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jun 3. 1 Reply

They're all around us: people who perceive the world as revolving around them and will go to considerable lengths to make it so: narcissists.  Such beings have been with humanity, I suspect, since humanity emerged from the gene pool.  Even worse,…Continue

Tags: narcissist, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 2. 42 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

appropriating morality (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 1. 7 Replies

We've all heard the claim: "Human morality comes from god."  And we've all seen for ourselves what Yahweh's "morality" looks like, from condemnations of homosexuality and the treatment of women as chattel to inexplicable sanctions against the eating…Continue

Tags: morality, appropriating, TheraminTrees

Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 19. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on September 9, 2017 at 7:58pm

Ian, I remember it! Oh, that was so very long ago! 

Patricia, very good news! Let's hope the rain drenches all the fires everywhere!

Comment by Ian Mason on September 9, 2017 at 7:18pm

Congrats, Patricia. I hope it continues.

Thomas, it's a Canon I bought second-hand from someone who upgraded to an SLR.

Joan, here's a song from 1943 that's been mostly forgotten.

Comment by Patricia on September 9, 2017 at 6:18pm

WE HAVE RAIN!!!!!........real rain.......its wet & everything!!!!!! Just hope it stays for awhile.

Comment by Thomas Murray on September 9, 2017 at 5:54pm


I you don't mind me asking... what kind of camera do you use?

Comment by Ian Mason on September 9, 2017 at 2:44pm

Probably Hopper's most famous painting, Joan. I love his work. There seems to be a poignant mixture of love and loneliness that he captures so well.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 9, 2017 at 2:34pm

When I saw your photo of Seated People by Hopper, I recognized the style; it evoked memories of another painting 

Nighthawks Forever

Possibly in a diner that once sat at the corner of Greenwich and Seventh in Greenwich Village. 

This was painted in 1942, just after the US entered WW II. It was a bleak period evoking pessimism. Many productions of Film noir, i.e. films made in the period 1944–54 and the work of directors such as Orson Welles, Fritz Lang, and Billy Wilder

There were also films of lighthearted musical comedy filled with the nostalgia and patriotism that were the distinctive features of Hollywood's World War II-era musicals i.e. "Yankee Doodle Dandy" (1942), "Rhythm on the River" (1940), "The Road to Singapore" (1940) and four 1940s sequels, and "Holiday Inn" (1942). 

The music of that era, some sad: “Christmas in the Trenches,” “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition,” “Danny Boy,"

and some silly songs: "Beer Barrell Polka," Boogie Woogie Bugle  Boy," and "Chattanooga Choo Choo."

It was a rich time for a little girl to grow through. 

Comment by Ian Mason on September 9, 2017 at 12:39pm

I think I've a long way to go to catch up with you, Joan. Chronic angst in my younger years held me back and I didn't travel. I'm trying to make up for that now.

Yes, I enjoyed the trip immensely and could have turned round and done it again the day after.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 9, 2017 at 7:37am

Ian, you probably saw more of America than most Americans! Wonderful.

Comment by Plinius on September 9, 2017 at 1:15am

Good pictures Ian!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 9, 2017 at 12:35am

Nice photos, Ian.  It's nice you got to see such a varied collection of art and sights during your trip.  Very cool.

And you can tell people you visited the Bible Belt and left with your non-soul intact.  


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