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Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by BenGee yesterday. 3 Replies

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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 Randall Smith on April 28, 2015 at 7:49am

By gum, Kathy, I think you're on to something! Sure enough, I didn't pick up anything bigger than a fork on my vacation. I've always read that one must "exercise" the joints to prevent debilitating arthritis. Me thinks it's the opposite!

Comment by k.h. ky on April 27, 2015 at 9:37pm
Carl l hope your sister is doing well. Give her a big hug from me when you see her.
Comment by k.h. ky on April 27, 2015 at 9:35pm
Joan l enjoyed your typing. Reminds me of 'cat speak'.
Comment by k.h. ky on April 27, 2015 at 9:33pm
Randall is it possible your arthritis 'healed' because your thumb was allowed to rest and recover during the trip? I wonder how your sister would feel about that.
Comment by k.h. ky on April 27, 2015 at 9:27pm
Bertold, speaking of comebacks when I was younger l would say outrageous things if I thought it was funny. Once, when an xray tech told me l needed to be undressed for the film, l looked right at him and dead panned 'You first'. Luckily he laughed about it.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 27, 2015 at 8:59pm

Carl - so good to have you back among us! Isn't it ironic how people making all the inane religious comments sincerely think they're helping. My favorite comeback (which I have to confess I've never had the nerve to use) when someone says "I'll pray for you" is Hitchens' - "I'll think for you." I attended a memorial service for an uncle in Minnesota last week and had to endure my share of "better place" remarks, but I'm sure I wasn't nearly as inundated as you were going through your procedures. Best of luck in your healing!

Comment by Pat on April 27, 2015 at 5:45pm

Been behind on posting here at A|N. Have some major trials coming up soon, and have been busier than the one legged man in the proverbial contest.

Carl, Welcome back. Glad to see your heart surgery went well hope you continue to improve.

Joan, sorry to hear about your recent broken arm and illness. But, like Carl, glad to see you back.

I guess it just proves the old adage. "Getting old ain't for sissies."

Comment by Ian Mason on April 27, 2015 at 3:19pm

The Socratic method, Joan. Help people to explore what they really believe and what they really know. Here in Denmark religion is not introduced unless a patient asks for a minister of religion. Very sensible.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 27, 2015 at 2:19pm

carl, i know the feeling! I got a lot of that.

Loggers and sawmill people live in the area. many fundamentalists work at the Newport hospital. When I heard,"I'll prey for you" I responded with questions.

"From where do you get your confidece?

"What assure you it is worthy of believing?

"Why is that a valid reference?"

"Why do you not ask the tough questions?"

"How do you know that is a fact?"

Where, what, why, how, when. all present the possibity of throwing a seed into the air and may land on fertile soil.

Any question a good interviewer would ask to get them thinking works. Don't answer the question yourself.

If they ask a question, see if you can reframe it into a question for them.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 27, 2015 at 12:49pm

I used Grammarly to make corrections:

Spud, good for you! Anti-depressants do a valuable job for chemical depression when cognitive therapy doesn't work. Religious type therapy can help some people,but I have never seen it. Many of my students tried to make religion work, and I taught them mindfulness, meditation, cognitive techniques and as far as I know, they were relieved.

Learning life-skills develops a tool kit for facing life's challenges - no prayers, no mumbo jumbo, no whining, no letting go-letting god.

There is one other correction needed:
"Some people can be helped."
Grammarly finds passive voices, and I want to write in the active voice. So, I rewrote into the actve voice


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