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Personal validation comes from paying attention to one another, giving more than you get. Everyone respects you and themselves, despite our amazing range of personal tastes and interests. They'll tell you they don't agree with an idea or behavior without implying you're a bad person or somehow deficient. It's an "I'm OK, You're OK" kind of fellowship, where nobody tries to make himself look better by picking on somebody else.

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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 January 30, 2015 at 5:03pm

Glad to hear some good news Carl.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 30, 2015 at 5:02pm

Good one Bertold.  Gods do want us to beg (and suck).

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 30, 2015 at 4:43pm

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 30, 2015 at 4:11pm

Patricia, on behalf of your neighbors to the south, I apologize that you get our television and commercials. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 30, 2015 at 12:24pm

LOL, booklover! You started my day with a chuckle.

That "musical bath" experience sounds interesting, Ian. Thanks for sharing.

Glad to hear you're handling your situation quite well, Flying Atheist. :)

Comment by Ian Mason on January 30, 2015 at 11:34am
Comment by Ian Mason on January 30, 2015 at 11:32am

Glad to hear you're doing well, Carl.

Have a nice tri-generational evening, Mindy.

Have been to the hospital today for the non-invasive part of a prostate examination. It went fine but I'm not looking forward to next week, with probes and tissue samples on the agenda. While I was in town I went to an art exhibition, really interesting. I'm not that wild with "instalations" but this one included Thomas Tallis's "Motet for 40 voices" with each voice recorded separately and then played back through 40 loudspeakers, put in an oval shape. It was possible to go round and listen to each small part that made up the whole or sit in the middle and take a musical bath.

http://en.aros.dk/

Comment by Randall Smith on January 30, 2015 at 8:09am

Carl, stay positive!

I picked up four books at my local library yest. The Hunt for the Golden Mole: All creatures Great and Small, and why they Matter, The Blue Tatto: The Life of Olive Oatman; The End of Greatness: Why America Can't Have (and doesn't want) Another Great President; and Waking up: a Guide to Spirituality Without Religion, (by Sam Harris, one of us).  I had a hard time deciding which one to begin with!

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 30, 2015 at 2:11am

Carl, that is god news. You will whip these challenges because you have a spirit. And good doctors. And you are a good patient.  

Comment by Plinius on January 30, 2015 at 1:58am

Most of the time there's a stack ´to be read´, and usually I read three or four books at a time - one for 100 % concentration, other books for relaxing and a travel book (she reads at the busstop!), and rereading when I feel not well.

 

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