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What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris on Thursday. 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 Randall Smith on November 17, 2015 at 7:30am
Yippee yahoo, Carl!! Won't be long before you're back to your old self. You're invited to drive down I-65 to Lafayette, take a left, and visit rural Indiana at its finest. You need a getaway.
The invitation extends to one and all!
Comment by Ian Mason on November 17, 2015 at 1:57am

That was quick, Carl and now you're in no danger of catching a nasty 'hospital' infection.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 16, 2015 at 10:37pm

Welcome home from the hospital, Flying Atheist!

I think these roses manage fine over Winter. Some varieties are quite hardy, and take freezing of their late Fall flowers in stride. It was another mild day.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 16, 2015 at 9:54pm

Carl! You are a wonder! Home, and ready for a second chance at life! The phenomenon of successful organ transplants seems like a miracle ... a miracle of science and scientists at their best. As Larry says, "You got 'er did!"

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 16, 2015 at 9:44pm

Glad to hear it, Carl! There's no place like home!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 16, 2015 at 9:18pm
Wow! Beautiful, Ruth, but just not right Pennsylvania in November. Will this situation affect them negatively next year?

BTW, everyone, I was released from the hospital this evening. Feeling really good and getting better each passing day.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 16, 2015 at 2:50pm

See the roses by my gym yesterday. :)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 15, 2015 at 8:28pm

Hey, Randall. How about a picture of you holding your grandson.

It's Mid-November in Philly, and the lawns are Summer lush from recent rain. Roses are also blooming and making new buds.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 15, 2015 at 7:30am

Thanks to all. I've had a chance to hold the baby for long stretches of time. He's beautiful and so good. My daughter is doing extremely well, also.

The other day, at a small family gathering, my 3 year old granddaughter asked where "Granddaddy Art" (my recently deceased father) was. Several people piped up with the usual answers, like "He's in heaven". I bluntly jumped in with "He's dead, plain and simple!". That ended the discussion. You gotta say what you gotta say.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 14, 2015 at 10:06am
That's a great announcement, Randy. Congratulations!
 

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