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What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris on Thursday. 9 Replies

Long story short, it's those near misses, the almost-but-not-quite, close but no cheroot moments, or, would you believe ... Near Death Experiences!  So what's the big deal?  Betty Bowers, America's BEST Christian and self-proclaimed expert on such…Continue

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degrading love — part one (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 22. 11 Replies

Love is by many considered among the highest of positive emotions.  Yet when love of the type offered by deities is examined, something seems to go seriously wrong.  The love of Yahweh seems less a gift than a demand, not so much beneficence as a…Continue

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Ning, Error 500s, and Whether to Migrate

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 13. 47 Replies

I just got the following notice from Ning yesterday, (31 October, 2016), in the wake of this latest website outage:As some of you may be aware, we experienced a system outage earlier this morning. The cause was due to a specific network…Continue

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Introducing Douglas Murray

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 7. 4 Replies

Most of us who have been around atheism for a while know the heavyweights of our ilk.  Names like Hitchens, Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, Dillahunty and AronRa get nearly daily mention in posts and discussions on Atheist Nexus.  One name I was…Continue

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If There's a God - She's a Woman - The Author T

Started by Joe. Last reply by Chris Nov 3. 4 Replies

I came across this story and thought some here might find it interesting and humorous.It’s titled:If There’s a GodShe’s a WomanFrom the Series:Things You Can Learn from a VaginaIts on the website TheAuthorT.com under the tab, “Free to Read…Continue

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by k.h. ky Oct 30. 35 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

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Comment by Idaho Spud on April 5, 2015 at 1:24pm

I very much like that poem Ian.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 5, 2015 at 1:08pm

Nice poem, Ian. The "more dangerous dead than alive" line is creepy, and true! The Catholics have a saying they teach youngsters: "The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church." (I guess that is when the seed of the church isn't being shared with underaged boys.)

Comment by Ian Mason on April 5, 2015 at 12:41pm

I don't know if I've posted this before. My poem about Easter.

A Letter Home

 

Dearest Augusta

I hope you are well.

I am not. I have been forced

to take crucifixion duty again.

Our commander hates me

even more than your father,

who also calls me weak

but I won't expose healthy

girl babies to become

food for rats.

 

This is a bad time to be

here, a religious festival.

The thieving priests,

as corrupt as ours

mint their coins, slaughter

and burn the best beasts

as always.

Blood always flows

when the Holy rule.

 

When I served on the Rhine

I heard of Gods

who favoured warriors,

granted them eternal

feasting and fighting.

Everyone else was to freeze

in the underworld.

Here there's only one

for all occasions

but he loves punishing

all of mankind, so

even one God is one

too many.

 

Holy rebels come and go,

become martyrs, more dangerous

dead than alive. They preach

Heaven in heaven

heaven on earth and

hell out of spite.

 

The moans of the dying

hanging on the crosses

tortures me beyond bearing.

Sometimes I end their sufferings

with my spear. The women

carry the corpses away

to wash and bury.

 

I wish every emperor

would join the Gods,

every priest

ascend to the clouds,

every prophet

cry alone in the wilderness

and give us mortals

our world back

to enjoy in peace.

 

Give your parents

my politest greetings,

the children, kisses.

To you I send

my love and devotion.

 

Your husband

Longinus

Comment by Randall Smith on April 5, 2015 at 7:55am

Easter (shmeaster) day. Big whoop, eh? My sister plays the organ (and directs the choir) for a local Methodist church. They broadcast it on the radio, so I'm listening to her play as I write this. Both my sisters (twins) are fairly religious, as was my mother (to some extent, my father). How I deviated is a mystery to them. Not to me.

Comment by Plinius on April 5, 2015 at 1:32am

Hi Deirdre!

Comment by Ian Mason on April 4, 2015 at 10:46pm

Hi Deidre. Nice to see you again. As "Fly Girl" are you 'related' to Carl. our Flying Atheist?

Comment by Ian Mason on April 4, 2015 at 10:43pm

Yes, Joan, it was. I thought so because the rhyme inside included the words "king's daughter." As I guessed right, she gave me an Easter treat, a packet of chocolate-covered almonds.

Well done, Chris. I'm like that too so I understand the struggle.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 4, 2015 at 4:28pm

Hi! Ian! Your Danish tradition of "gækkebrev" sounds fun. I'm eager to learn if it was your daughter. 

Chris, glad you finished your aunt's paperwork. Good grief, it is all I can do to do my own stuff. A hat-tip to you for all our fine skills. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 4, 2015 at 4:24pm

Hi Deidre, I wondered if you are our friend from some mnths ago. I hope you are well and things go as you desire. 

Comment by Deidre on April 4, 2015 at 3:12pm

Remember me? Thought I'd stop in and say hello, hope everyone is doing well these days. ^_^

 

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