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Picture yourself spending some time with congenial friends, sharing your lives and pictures from your cell phones." They're curious about that cool game, song, movie, camping trip, art show, or other event that fascinated you. You talk about all kinds of stuff, poetry, styles, personal achievements, relationships, and bad days. You can share your inner child, and laugh together. They sympathetically listen to your feelings about serious topics like politics or climate change, even when they don't agree.

Personal validation comes from paying attention to one another, giving more than you get. Everyone respects you and themselves, despite our amazing range of personal tastes and interests. They'll tell you they don't agree with an idea or behavior without implying you're a bad person or somehow deficient. It's an "I'm OK, You're OK" kind of fellowship, where nobody tries to make himself look better by picking on somebody else.

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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 Bertold Brautigan on August 16, 2017 at 9:41pm

Hmmm, Reykjavik is a nice city; maybe not a bad place to retire to.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 16, 2017 at 6:11pm

Ian, wonderful photo!

Comment by Ian Mason on August 16, 2017 at 5:39pm

My shrine: The Folger Shakespeare Library. My holy book: The First Folio.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 16, 2017 at 3:37am

I wonder how many square feet consist of usable space, for books, for small discussion groups, for interactive activities? 

I wonder if customers come away from the museum of the bible with a feeling of being talked to, of hearing lectures about what it means to care for others, to make sacrifices to improve lives, to feed the hungry, house the homeless, or to protect the weak? 

With beautiful pictures on the wall and ceiling if the paying public came away with a shiver because of seeing magic happen in those long ago places?

I ponder if spectacular theaters with grand performances offering up music, dance, drama, and comedy if the spectators experienced a sense of belonging to a community, and of participation in life?

In reflection, does one come away from that experience feeling overwhelmed by the stories of supernatural events beyond one's control?

I look around me seeing current events full of hatred, chaos, confusion, and fear and I wonder if the Museum of the Bible makes a difference in my world?

Would a visit to the field accomplish more? 

Comment by Plinius on August 16, 2017 at 3:33am

LOL, he's still searching for eclipse glasses!

Comment by kathy: ky on August 15, 2017 at 10:05pm
But,.. but,. CHRIS,. don't you know Jesus is going to be here immediately following the eclipse. Lol
Some nut posted it on the local Facebook so you know it's true. Otherwise it wouldn't have been posted.
Comment by Thomas Murray on August 15, 2017 at 5:45pm

Ian,

Don't forget to visit The Bible Museum. It is not open yet til November but you can still visit the building.

https://www.museumofthebible.org/

Comment by Ian Mason on August 15, 2017 at 4:56pm

One side of the National Mall/Smithsonian today. Part two tomorrow. Just want to rest my feet now.

Comment by Chris on August 15, 2017 at 2:59am

I'm sure most have read about the seed bank being under water.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/may/19/arctic-strongho...

POTUS (President of the U.S.) and U.S. Secretary of State don't believe climate change is anthropogenic.

As some religious people believe when the last tree falls Jesus will return.

Sickening.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 15, 2017 at 2:29am

Ian, you might try this address to get the Greenland Fires. 

Greenland Wildfire 2027.jpg

or this one:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/wildfire-burns-across-fo...

 

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