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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 Randall Smith on August 24, 2017 at 6:59am

I really feel sorry for all of you that can't walk. It's something I look forward to doing each day, whether it's golfing or just plain walking the country backroads. State parks are nice, but you have to pay to get in, and spending money just to walk doesn't appeal to me.

Ian, it sounds like you've had a wonderful time in the States. I can't remember--have you been by yourself?

And, I have a question. Every now and then, a "tweet" logo pops up in my comment box. I can't get rid of it. Has this happened to others? And how do I deal with it?

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 24, 2017 at 4:31am

Sorry to hear your walking is limited Plinius and Carl.

I enjoy walking in nature settings as well, but haven't done it for a long time as I live too far from nature to walk there.  I'm thinking I should stop being so cheap about driving my car to nature settings so I can walk there again.  It would get me more healthy exercise I need, as well as an extra emotional boost from the beauty of nature.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 24, 2017 at 1:15am

Comment by Ian Mason on August 24, 2017 at 1:00am

Sorry to hear that,Carl.

Comment by Plinius on August 23, 2017 at 11:03pm

That's bad news, Carl!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 23, 2017 at 3:09pm

Ian, sounds like a very nice day.  I hope you get to do and see some great Art and eat some great food in New York.  Enjoy!

Comment by Ian Mason on August 23, 2017 at 2:31pm

Been walking all day in NY. The Hudson River park is a lovely place. There's shade, sun, a cool breeze, and greenery. There are cyclists, runners, power-walking seniors, families and playgrounds full of children. A real pleasure.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 23, 2017 at 2:12pm

Randy, I'm glad you were able to see the eclipse as well.  In fact, I'm happy for anyone here who had that wonderful opportunity.

In 2024, Carbondale, Illinois is once again lucky enough to get 100% totality.  Since I missed this last one, and I don't have a car, I should seriously look into taking the train there and back on that day.

I have always loved hiking and taking walks, especially in nature settings.  Unfortunately, that is an activity I can no longer enjoy like I used to.  Uneven surfaces cause huge risks of losing my balance and falling.  Even on flat surfaces I need to pay close attention to each step I take.  Running errands outside is both physically and mentally taxing.  I can't enjoy walking because I need to constantly look down and monitor each step.   

Comment by Loren Miller on August 23, 2017 at 7:54am

Mostly I watched the eclipse on The Discovery Channel and CNN, but seven years from now, I'll be watching it live and in person, 'cuz the next one has Cleveland in its sights!  How neat is THAT?

Comment by Plinius on August 23, 2017 at 7:48am

Walk while you can! I was never very strong but I liked to walk very much. Now that my back and knees cooperate only reluctantly I miss the walks. The best I can do is take public transport to get out of town and take a calm walk for an hour, then take transport home. 

 

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