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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 The Flying Atheist on July 30, 2017 at 5:18pm

Since Loren recently brought up the topic of June Foray and the Bullwinkle cartoon, I thought I'd throw these two items out here for anyone who's interested.  These are from one of my guilty pleasure newsletters I subscribe to.

http://metv.com/stories/rip-june-foray-the-voice-of-rocky-the-flyin...

http://metv.com/lists/10-things-you-never-knew-about-rocky-and-bull...

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 30, 2017 at 4:29pm

I can't see Ian's pictures. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 30, 2017 at 2:38pm

Me also.  I can't see the last 4 photos Ian posted.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 30, 2017 at 2:26pm

Interesting science behind red clay tiles.

Ian, the photos you posted are not showing for me.  

Is that the case for anyone else here?

I'm having a relaxing LONG weekend.  Friday felt like Saturday.  Saturday felt like Sunday.  And today, Sunday, feels like Sunday.  I guess my brain needed a little break.  Happy weekend to you all.

Comment by Plinius on July 30, 2017 at 10:24am

The roof tiles are made of fired clay, and the sort of clay and the firing process (with or without oxygen) accounts for the colour, as far as I know. Most houses here have red or grey roofs.

Comment by Ian Mason on July 30, 2017 at 9:10am

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 30, 2017 at 8:27am

Brugge has an interesting look from the air.  I wonder why most houses had red roofs.

Those roofs are so steep, I would guess they get lots of snow there.  I would hate to be a roofer there.

Comment by Plinius on July 30, 2017 at 8:22am

Still cobbles, I think, Randall. And it's quite different from cycling on asphalt. When I grew up there were cobbles everywhere, and you had to prevent that your bicycle wheel got stuck in the tramrails, or you made a nasty fall.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 30, 2017 at 7:56am

Lots of stuff to comment on, but I'll restrict myself to reflect on my visit to Brugge 50 years ago (gulp!).

I recall the city walls and moat. I remember a hay cart being pulled by a horse through the city. And mostly, I remember how difficult it was to ride a bike on cobbled streets! Mercy! It would be fun to return, although I'm betting it hasn't changed much. I am curious about the streets, however.

Comment by Plinius on July 30, 2017 at 7:43am

Joan, Brugge is a lovely town, very well-kept and beautiful. I've enjoyed my visits very much!

 

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