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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 Joan Denoo on July 15, 2017 at 4:43pm

Randy, phones don't make very good manure for the bean field, do they! I'd say that you chose a dumb option. What options did you have? 

Comment by Randall Smith on July 15, 2017 at 7:39am

Ian, I hope the jazz is to your liking. I'm rather picky about what jazz I enjoy listening to. Have fun!

While taking my usual after supper walk last night, I came across a smashed "smart phone" (or whatever). I picked it up to take home to throw in the trash. Then, it rang! And beeped. Loud. I thought this won't do, ringing in my house. So, after pondering what to do with it, I tossed it several rows into the bean field. Big mistake! 3 minutes later, a young woman drove and stopped by me asking if I'd seen a phone. After telling her what I'd done, she said she had to find it because it had important stuff on it. (Evidently, her boyfriend set the phone on the trunk and it fell off later as she drove down the road.)

She hunted for over an hour using another phone to call for it (which she was doing when it rang on me). I don't know if she ever retrieved it. I hope so.The episode has haunted me. I feel so guilty tossing it away like I did.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 15, 2017 at 12:15am

Ian, here are Tea, cake, and company to go with the music! 

Comment by Ian Mason on July 14, 2017 at 10:37pm

It's the time of year when I'm spoiled for choice. The Proms season began yesterday and Århus Jazz festival begins today so the coming week will be filled with music, on the radio or live. Give me tea and cake to make heaven complete.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 14, 2017 at 9:11pm

Joan, I'm glad Laura and Larry got home safely.  They perform a very vital and dangerous function.  My brother used to work for the Bureau of Land Management as a forest fire fighter in South Dakota, Idaho, and California.  That type of work is extremely dangerous and physically exhausting.

You are correct.  As much as there is to lament and distress about in the world, there's also much to celebrate, and it's important to seek out those stories.    

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 14, 2017 at 8:23pm

There is so much good in the world, and we celebrate that fact on Atheist Nexus!

Laura and Larry, Michelle and Jared reveal that every day. These four people have busy lives with home, maintaining the property where I now live, Michelle and Jared each coach a  separate soccer team, Laura and Larry each has businesses of their own and work together as a team on other efforts, such as volunteering for Dist 8 Volunteer Fire Dist. 

The call came in about a fire in this district a couple of hours ago. They immediately drop what they are doing, get into their gear and race to the fire or emergency. If it is a medical emergency, Laura and Michelle have EMR training and they take their medical bags along.

When a health emergency happens it is most often helping people get up from a fall, or in the case heart attacks and strokes, they are trained to stabilize the patient and call in for an ambulance or a helicopter and usually return home with an hour or two.

They have been gone for so long, I suspect this call is a fire. The house to which they were called live as we do, surrounded by forest. They all have GPS on their cars and I can track where their cell phones are. Using that technology, I follow them live via satellite. 

They just got home. It was a small wildland fire near a home and it was in peril. They knocked down the fire and kept it from spreading to the house. All returned safely.  

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 14, 2017 at 7:25pm

Bertold, that's some very rock-solid, rational thinking!!  Especially when the bible is "explicitly clear" on the matter, you can't go wrong!

Comment by Thomas Murray on July 14, 2017 at 6:57pm

Joan,

Looking at your pictures of your garden I felt like a kid again exploring bugs and insects in a magical forest....

Comment by Thomas Murray on July 14, 2017 at 6:44pm

When the theory that "All Christian Men are Self-Correcting" goes down the tubes.....

https://www.amazon.com/Pornography-Battle-Every-Christian-Husband-e...

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 14, 2017 at 6:39pm

For everyone's Friday reading enjoyment, here's some splendiferous logic from an author of crank mail to the Freedom from Religion Foundation: [My bolding]

Why?: If you don’t believe in God (which we know that is not true because the Bible makes explicitly clear that every person believes in God, Romans 1) but since you like to pretend you don’t believe. Why would you be committed to stopping religion. If its not true then why bother. The very fact that you fight against religion is evidence of your belief. You know the God of the Holy Bible is real. Please repent of your sin and turn to Jesus Christ. — Daniel V."

 

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