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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 Idaho Spud on July 25, 2017 at 8:51am

I've never attended a high school reunion.  Was still quite shy in high school, so didn't belong to any clique, so I know I wouldn't enjoy a reunion.  I would be lucky to remember even one person.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 25, 2017 at 7:03am

Carl, you are spot-on with high school cliques. Class reunions I've attended continue the groupings. "Birds of a feather".

Thomas, I can't add to the wine conversation, because I just drink the cheap stuff. I have a difficult time appreciating expensive wine.

Comment by Ian Mason on July 24, 2017 at 8:45pm

That's a fun story, Berthold. I can imagine it happening.

Joan, I can't even begin to guess about the future.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 24, 2017 at 4:54pm

I wonder what life will be like 20 years from now? 

I can't help but wonder what my great-grandchildren's lives will be like when they are 81?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 24, 2017 at 4:20pm

Bertold, I was a "band dork" in high school.  They were separate from the nerds, who we called "the media nerds" because they always managed the film projectors and the overhead projectors.  They also made up the chess club.  

My high school was extremely cliquish.  It was a very small Lutheran school, so each group stood out prominently.  We also had the jocks, the burnouts (stoners), the thespians, the misfits (who were just called "dorks"), and the smart, serious, straight-A students who didn't have a formal name.  I actually got along with everybody except for the jock group.  Most of them were obnoxious jerks.  There were a few exceptions, and I got along with them fine.

The burnouts were fun in art class and the media nerds appreciated cerebral jokes. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 24, 2017 at 3:58pm

Carl - I had to settle for being a nerd. Since then I learned the old adage: If you can't dazzle 'em with brilliance baffle 'em with bullshit.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 24, 2017 at 3:56pm

Funny story Bertold.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 24, 2017 at 3:43pm

Bertold, I had to rely on my sparkling personality and my impeccable wit to be god in high school.  These days I substitute with memes and gifs.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 24, 2017 at 3:25pm

Carl - so true; if any of us had showed up in high school with a smart phone we would have been a god.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 24, 2017 at 3:19pm

 

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