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Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by BenGee 4 hours ago. 3 Replies

This is a test Continue

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly on Thursday. 15 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

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Tuesday. 2 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

A moment to relax and see the Earth from space; some how this comforts me.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Oct 16. 3 Replies

All the squabbles and struggles that I have do not compare with those of some others on this great planet. There are no boundary lines, no political arguments, no up or no down. What is, is. For right now, the scenes offer tranquility. Just the…Continue

Tags: and, wonder, awe, of, space

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by Plinius Oct 16. 27 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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 29. 39 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

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 29, 2015 at 2:51pm

Thanks for the pictures of your trip, Ian.

Nice repurposed church buildings.

Hubby is improving every day. The c diff is gone. He's even started doing a few chores again, though he still uses a walker.

I actually got time to look at news and cheezburge today. :)

Comment by Grinning Cat on May 26, 2015 at 2:29pm

Joan, that would especially be nice for a former Roman Catholic cathedral or Mormon temple!

(In fairness, quite a few religious believers are fine with embryonic stem cells, abortion rights, and the full range of normal human sexuality.)

And about the history of the Colchester Arts Centre's site, it was good to read that the organ was moved to another home. Though I'd like to see more organs in secular venues! (It worked for movie theaters 100 years ago, and even after the '20s and '30s, for municipal halls, concert venues, roller rinks, sports arenas, a few restaurants....)

Comment by Ian Mason on May 26, 2015 at 2:21pm

Joan, the whole Bay of Naples is a caldera with 40 craters, all sitting on a huge magma chamber. Oddly, Vesuvius is a separate volcano with its own magma chamber. It's also constantly monitored and the experts say they should be able to give 2 weeks warning of an eruption.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 26, 2015 at 12:49pm

Ian, I thoroughly enjoy the photos of your trip. The volcano photos intrigue me, especially when remembering the trauma those mountains caused so many people. 

Grinning Cat, I like the reuse of those grand old buildings, turned from places of worship into other uses. I would love to see scientific institutes fill their chambers. Perhaps for stem cell research, or an archive for clinical studies of GLBTQ research. 

Comment by Randall Smith on May 26, 2015 at 7:31am

Cool pics, Ian! And great ideas for church use, G.C.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 26, 2015 at 12:11am

Some great ideas there. Here's a place that was a local venue for me when I was a student and is still going strong.

Comment by Grinning Cat on May 25, 2015 at 9:21pm

Found at Hidden City Philadelphia, with plenty of pictures and examples of creative reuse:

Holy Smokes: What Do We Do With All These Churches?

How To Reuse A Church: Our Top Ten

Comment by sk8eycat on May 25, 2015 at 8:49pm

Good idea; I hope that a profit-making business taking over an old church will pay property taxes, and not apply for a "historical site" exemption.

There is a former Baptwit church in Burbank that is now Syrian or Armenian....HUGE piece of prime property.  I don't know how it could be re-purposed into something commercial, but it would make me happy if it were.

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!


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