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punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Sep 6. 0 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 2. 28 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 2. 17 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Sep 2. 3 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 29. 22 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Grinning Cat on May 25, 2015 at 6:02pm

On another note: many people were religious for some time, then got over it. (Much of our present company included.)

This is true of buildings as well! In Albany, this former church got Overit (Overit Media, to be precise):

Hit the link for more pictures. In the article, Overit CEO Dan Dinsmore notes: "No pun intended, but a lot of it isn't 'altar-ed.' We cleaned up the outside, but reused everything inside we could."

(h/t Tom Schott)

Comment by Plinius on May 25, 2015 at 10:41am

Great pics, Ian!

Comment by Ian Mason on May 25, 2015 at 10:26am

Sweetness :-)

Comment by Ian Mason on May 25, 2015 at 10:24am

Vesuvius

Comment by Ian Mason on May 25, 2015 at 10:23am

That was 1) Pompeii and 2) a sulphur fumerole in the 'burning fields'. I actually stood in a volcanic crater!

Comment by Ian Mason on May 25, 2015 at 10:21am

Comment by Ian Mason on May 25, 2015 at 10:20am

Pictures:

Comment by Ian Mason on May 25, 2015 at 10:18am

Back again after my tour of Copenhagen and Campagnia. It's been great. I met some good people and we had some sorting-the-world-out discussions plus a lot of laughs. My daughter has had her job extended until October and my son-in-law has finished his Masters thesis. Just the oral defence left. Good news all round.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 25, 2015 at 10:14am

Glad to hear that you're doing well, Carl even though dialysis can be a chore.

Ruth, I hope things will pick up soon. I saw the first episode of #1 Ladies and enjoyed it very much. My daughter did too and went on to read the books.

Comment by Grinning Cat on May 24, 2015 at 10:42pm

Carl -- glad to hear your news, and that the dialysis is working out ok!

Ruth -- lots of hugs... hang in there!

 

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