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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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 31, 2015 at 10:30pm

Good news about your successful cataract surgery, k.h. ky!

Thanks for the update on your health, Flying Atheist. I look forward  your successful kidney operation.

Joan, perfect Mark Twain quote for today's US political scene.

Sorry I missed a couple of days. I spent a day in the ER, ruling out deep vein thrombosis. Hubby sat there in an 83 degree room with me all day. Well, the room was down to 77 by sunset, when I finally got discharged. The ultrasound was clean. I was very very happy. In retrospect the pain was probably pinched nerve syndrome. Didn't know it could manifest as an isolated pain in the back of the knee for hours. It took me another day to catch up with daily life.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 30, 2015 at 2:42pm

"The glory which is built upon a lie soon becomes a most unpleasant incumbrance. How easy it is to make people believe a lie, and how hard it is to undo that work again."

— Mark Twain

Mark Twain's Own Autobiography: The Chapters from the North, American Review, Page 87

 By Mark Twain

Comment by k.h. ky on October 30, 2015 at 10:57am
Carl; wonderful. That's also the date of my last cataract surgery so I'll be thinking of you! Still have the patch on from yesterday's procedure but I'm amazed at what I can see through the pinholes. I haven't seen this well since I was a child.
Comment by Ian Mason on October 30, 2015 at 9:39am

Splendid news, Carl. As you say, one more bump and then onward.

That's an exciting project, Joan. I'll keep an eye on it with interest.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 30, 2015 at 8:02am

"Newses?"  NEWSES?!? [chuckle!]

Seriously, Carl, VERY BEST WISHES to you on your upcoming procedure.  Here's to zero complications, fast-fast-fast post-operative recovery and getting back in the swing of things soonest!

Comment by Plinius on October 30, 2015 at 7:59am

Great news, Carl! 

Comment by Randall Smith on October 30, 2015 at 7:26am

That IS great news, Carl! Two weeks away.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 30, 2015 at 1:02am

Carl, what grand news, plural newses! The colonoscopy gives you information based on reality and you can pursue the next challenge with confidence. 

Nov. 12! OH! How wonderful. I am so thrilled for you. You live with an eye on health, you have courage, you have good doctors and their staffs, and a supportive family with a courageous and generous sister. 

Please have a family member contact one of us to bring us up to date. And please choose a person who reads his or her A/N mail so we have the news quickly!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 30, 2015 at 12:57am

Ian, I couldn't agree with you more.  I'm struck by the courage shown by activists fighting for free expression and rational thinking among oppressive environments and superstitious communities.  These people often face life-threatening conditions, yet they bravely persevere.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 30, 2015 at 12:47am

Well, I had my first colonoscopy on Tuesday and the results couldn't be better.  I got a clean bill of health.  No polyps found.  And I don't need another colonoscopy for ten years!

But there's even better news.  Now that my colonoscopy has been completed and no irregularities found, I have the green light to proceed with my kidney transplant.  In fact, just today I was given an actual date for the surgery:  November 12.  I couldn't be happier. 

This has been a long wait, and at times it's so unbelievable what I have been through over the past year.  I'm looking forward to getting over this last bump and being able to enjoy 2016 as a much healthier person.   

 

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