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What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris yesterday. 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 Joan Denoo on December 19, 2015 at 1:14am

Chris, It seems your students continue to appreciate and enjoy your classes. Not such good experience as you describe your "Aunt's fellow sufferers". Doesn't sound like a very nice place. Sorry to learn of the poor cat's last days; not a very good experience for any of you, I am sure. Bulbs in bloom in December, even in The Netherlands, sounds a bit out of the ordinary. I am eager to learn what the new year brings to your local weather. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 19, 2015 at 12:40am
Sad story about the cat, Chris. I hope your b-i-l is doing OK.
Incredibly "wrong" weather here too. It's finally gotten seasonally cold here after a LONG stretch of spring-like weather. The grass is still bright green and trees, bushes and flowers are blooming! And next week is the winter solstice. It's eerie.
Comment by Plinius on December 19, 2015 at 12:19am

What I did this week?

The last lessons of the year. Explained and sang "Imagine" five times, Played games and got a lot of appreciation. 

A xmas dinner with Aunt in the care home. Met some more of Aunt's fellow sufferers and their family - nice to talk to them. The menu was full of dead animals - I ate only the veggie parts. Aunt was happy with her presents but overwhelmed by the big occasion.  

I went to help handicapped b-i-l take his cat to the vet. As usual I looked at the greenery during the busride, and saw a d... a DAFFODIL?! Not even one, there were about a hundred daffodils in full bloom along the next few kilometres. And when I paid more attention, I saw flowering daisies and yarrow and even cow parsley - half a year early or late, I wondered. Catkins in every other tree. An allergy warning about lambs tails on tv. The weather goes straight from autumn to spring.

The cat wasn't well at all - we knew that already but b-i-l didn't want to know it or do something about it - like every autist he doesn't want change in his world. So he had a hard time when the cat was diagnosed with severe diabetes and put to sleep withing a few hours. Poor Tisja! Her character didn't allow two insulin shots a day and a daily bloodsample to check blood sugar levels.  

Saturday morning now, and at last I have some time to do the shopping, washing and cleaning. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 18, 2015 at 12:20am

Comment by k.h. ky on December 17, 2015 at 8:30pm
Chris, that's funny.

Randy, l think it's the holidays. Celebrate or not the stores are crammed full of people who do. And my daughter, her spouse and their children have winter solstice dinner here. It's like xmas dinner minus the tree and ornaments. ; )
Comment by Plinius on December 17, 2015 at 8:01am

I'll tell you when I've shovelled these chores....

Comment by Randall Smith on December 17, 2015 at 7:54am

Hope everybody is doing well. It's been sort of quiet around A/N. I notice only a handful of members are online at any one time, and there are few comments. New members seem to join and then abandon us. It's difficult to socialize with ones self. Since we don't (as a rule) celebrate Christmas, what's the excuse?

Comment by Plinius on December 17, 2015 at 2:15am

Congrats Ludwig! I liked the google animation/puzzle!

Comment by Plinius on December 16, 2015 at 11:08pm
Comment by Joan Denoo on December 16, 2015 at 2:32am

Chris, oh good, I was looking at the correct bldg! A lovely spot in a beautiful city. I like the architecture. Everything looks so green.

 

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