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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller yesterday. 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

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

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 Idaho Spud on March 27, 2015 at 10:03am

Wow Randy!  97 years and still going.  I thought my dad was doing great living 95 years.  Of course, my mother is still in the running.  She's 95 and still going.  Maybe she'll beat your dad in longevity. : )

Comment by Randall Smith on March 27, 2015 at 8:19am

Speaking of being old, I'm reading an interesting book--Being Mortal by Atul Gawande--"one not just about dying and the limits of medicine, but about living to the last with autonomy,dignity and joy".  With my father being "up there", and me not so young anymore, it's something worth paying attention to.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 25, 2015 at 7:55am

Glad you pointed that out, Chris. I would have missed it.

I'm taking my father out for lunch today. It's his 97th birthday. He's doing great, by the way. 15 minutes later, and I would have shared birthday dates with him. Thanks for the warm wishes, all.

Comment by Plinius on March 25, 2015 at 1:15am

The Milky Way from a geyser, a spectacular pic!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 24, 2015 at 3:02pm
Comment by Ian Mason on March 24, 2015 at 2:16pm

Happy birthday, Randy and many more of them. I hope the organic venture goes well and that you enjoy your trip over to this side of the big pond. Will you be cruising down the Danube? Perhaps waltzing to a famous Strauss tune too?

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 24, 2015 at 12:16pm

Chris, thanks for the lead to Szpilman. 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W%C5%82adys%C5%82aw_Szpilman 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 24, 2015 at 12:13pm

Randy, a very Happy Birthday! I hope your day is full of loving faily and friends, great food, pleasant sights, and excitement about investing in the future. Your land, expanding organic farming, and your family will give thoughtful care of your investment. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 24, 2015 at 9:09am

Happy B-day Randall. Enjoy that Danube trip; it's beautiful.

Comment by Plinius on March 24, 2015 at 9:09am

Return flights. You should know FA!

 

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