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punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Sep 6. 0 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

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 2. 28 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

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 2. 17 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Sep 2. 3 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

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 29. 22 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Plinius on September 3, 2015 at 10:26am

Never heard of, Randall.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 3, 2015 at 10:22am
Does anyone remember the old (1943) song, "Mairzy Doats"? I had to look up all the lyrics and hear the original version so I could sing it to my grandchildren. Fun song.
Comment by Loren Miller on August 31, 2015 at 12:54pm

Hex, it's not that one of you is smarter than the other; it's that one of you is open to new information.  She's been told that being open like that is an invitation to hell. 

Questioning the bible should be no different than questioning any other source: either it has the goods or it doesn't.  It doesn't get a free pass just because it's the bible and it doesn't get to prove itself with itself.  Evidence talks; bullshit walks.

Comment by Hex5 on August 31, 2015 at 12:35pm
I presented a small book of facts. Her reply was how dar you question god. Tgen i tore apart the bible i tore apart noahs ark on every level which is a few pages by itself then the resurection then revelations i also tore apart genisis i did it in the most logical easy to comprehend way possible. Her responce why do you question the bible why cant you believe it. She asked that after i pointed out all the problems with the bible. Finaly i gave up im like your a lemur. I cannot help you because you are a lemur. Just quit trying to comvert me im an ape your a lemur im smarter than you are
Comment by Loren Miller on August 31, 2015 at 12:26pm

Hex, there are people like that all over the place.  In one memorable episode of The Atheist Experience, Matt Dillahunty spoke of a young teen who had emailed in, terrified of questioning his/her faith for fear of becoming a heretic.  These are people who value a hallucination over reality.

Ask your friend of facts are more important to her than faith, and if faith takes priority, ask her why she looks both ways before she crosses the street!

Comment by Hex5 on August 31, 2015 at 12:16pm
The person i hate arguing with the most in a way is myself im extremely bullheaded and i have a problem in that it is very hard for me to walk away from an argument. I just got done arguing with an idiot. It was like talking to a tree. Check this out i brought up many many subjects i had studied. Biology chemistry psychology ect ect the list goes on forever. Im like learning these things these subjects discreadited the idea of a god more and more. At this point im 96% sure there is no god and ig there is it is a deistic one. You know how they responded. This was a 15 year old girl. She said i droped out of school and i refuse to learn anything els because if i learn something it might jeprodise my faith in god.... Im like WTF! I did not know stupid existed on this level. Evolution ....i dident work for everyone
Comment by Plinius on August 31, 2015 at 11:20am

Congrats, Randall! Miraculous to me: I couldn't hit a barn!

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 31, 2015 at 6:54am

Hex5, maybe you had a good influence on him.  I enjoy reading experiences and reports from fellow atheists that can still stand to enter churches, talk with theists, and watch debates.  I can't stand to do those things anymore, so I rely on you that can to keep me up-to-date.

Randall, a hole-in-one must be a good feeling.  I've never played golf.  Just batted the ball around once at a tiny beginners course.  It didn't have any long drives.  I could enjoy the game if I had the money, and the time.  There's just so many things I like to do, some never get done.

I came across this picture some time ago, and had to ask "Why so many crosses?"  She must be well and thoroughly indoctrinated.  Perhaps also desperate.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 30, 2015 at 10:18pm

Interesting, Hex5.

Congrats, Randall.

Hope y'all had a good weekend.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 30, 2015 at 3:37pm

Hex5, I truly enjoy a conversation with a believer in supernatural powers if they ask questions without hate in their eyes and if they answer my questions without being defensive. Sharing "This is how I see my world" makes for interesting conversations. 

Randy, you deserve to brag or to describe your experiences. I enjoy your comments even if I am not a golfer or a walker. Your hole in one sounds impressive to me even as I have never tried such an accomplishment. 

 

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