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What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat yesterday. 10 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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 22, 2015 at 3:29pm

Your area sounded like a great place to live, until you described the MRSA pig slurry spraying, Ian. <face palm> It's greener than chemical fertilizer, but what's the carbon footprint of passers by getting MRSA? Saturnalia sounds like more fun than other Winter season celebrations. Locally there's no official HumanLight event this year. I don't much miss it, excepting for the music. Humanists tend toward boring lecture-like "celebrations".

There's plenty of benefits to mental health living "in country", Randall. But I prefer easy access to world class medical facilities from the Philly suburbs.

Love the LOL, Plinius! Those big eyes say so much.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 22, 2015 at 1:36pm

I do NOT like pig muck. Between a third and a half of pigs in Denmark have MRSA and spraying slurry everywhere seems like a good way to spread it. The last time I had a hospital appointment for a prostate exam, the first two questions were: 1) have you been to any 3rd world countries? and 2) do you live or work on a farm? Both are considered high risk and involve special precautions.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 22, 2015 at 11:06am

Happy solstice, everyone!

Comment by Randall Smith on December 22, 2015 at 7:44am

There's a lot to be said of living "in the country" (as we say here), despite the pig manure odor. I wouldn't have it any other way.

Thanks for the solstice greetings. It's also my parent's 75th wedding anniversary--if they were still living. I miss them. 

One more thing. Every year, up to this one, I send out Christmas cards or emails, usually about two weeks before Christmas. Then people trickle back responses. This year I'm waiting to see if anyone does it to me first. So far, with 3 days to the 25th, I've heard from NOBODY! Perplexing.

Comment by Plinius on December 22, 2015 at 2:35am

Happy solstice to all of you!

I like your town very much, Ian! And pigs smell a lot better than cars!

Comment by Ian Mason on December 22, 2015 at 12:43am

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odder

Sorry, no ring-fort remains in reality. There is an old Viking cemetary a couple of miles away but that was only discovered a few years ago under arable fields. The area has been populated since the retreat of the glaciers about 10,000 years ago but the modern town is not much more than 200 years old, built around a village, a church and two watermills. There isn't much industry left now, just agriculture and a limited amount of turism. Most residents commute to the larger towns of Aarhus, Horsens and Skanderborg. It suits me as a place to live though. There are shops enough, a small cinema and a library. The countryside and woods are 15 minutes walk away and the coast only 5 miles. For theatre and concerts, I take the bus to Aarhus, a 40-minute ride. The only disadvantage is when the farmers spread pig slurry on the fields: it stinks. All in all, a pleasant place. As the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy puts it, "mostly harmless."

Comment by Ian Mason on December 22, 2015 at 12:24am

Comment by Grinning Cat on December 21, 2015 at 5:00pm

Here in Philadelphia they're predicting a record-breaking 75 degrees for December 24!

(image from accuweather.com)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 21, 2015 at 3:13pm

Plinius, your daffodil sighting is amazing. The Guardian posted a photo of them blooming in London too.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 21, 2015 at 3:10pm

LOL, Loren. That "first lawyer" is great!

The extra warm weather is fairly widespread. Northern Spain is battling 130 wildfires, unusual for this time of year.

I would have wished all of you a Happy Winter Solstice, as in

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But we have lush green grass, overcast and 60's here, so...

 

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