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11 "unanswerable" questions for atheists - answered (Aron Ra)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Jun 6. 1 Reply

If you spend any time around YouTube and have any history of looking at atheist material (or even theist material!), you will inevitably run into: "XX Questions Atheists Can't Answer."  These are occasionally followed by: "XX Questions Atheists…Continue

Tags: apologist, answer, questions, unanswerable, Aron Ra

worshipping narcissists (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jun 3. 1 Reply

They're all around us: people who perceive the world as revolving around them and will go to considerable lengths to make it so: narcissists.  Such beings have been with humanity, I suspect, since humanity emerged from the gene pool.  Even worse,…Continue

Tags: narcissist, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 2. 42 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

appropriating morality (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 1. 7 Replies

We've all heard the claim: "Human morality comes from god."  And we've all seen for ourselves what Yahweh's "morality" looks like, from condemnations of homosexuality and the treatment of women as chattel to inexplicable sanctions against the eating…Continue

Tags: morality, appropriating, TheraminTrees

Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 19. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

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Comment by Plinius on December 19, 2016 at 6:43am

Congratulations, Ian! Have a happy birthday! I'm 62, people still don't give up their seats in public transport but most people don't see anything, because they stare into their phones. Find a way to attract their attention and ask for a seat! 

Comment by Ian Mason on December 19, 2016 at 2:14am

Today's the day: I'm fifty-ten years old. Do young people have to give up their seats on the bus for me now? And do I need beauty treatment?

Comment by Ian Mason on December 19, 2016 at 2:11am

That sounds very pleasant, Joan. I hope you enjoy a winter with lots of 'hygge' as we say in Denmark.

Yes, there has been a lot of wind this autumn but that's a good thing. It means that the sea gets a new uptake of oxygen to counteract all the nitrogen that intensive farming pours into it.

Comment by Plinius on December 19, 2016 at 12:12am

I'm glad you settled so happily, Joan!

No storm yet, the flags hardly move and the early morning is misty, dark grey and overcast.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 19, 2016 at 12:00am

Chris, yes, the music moved me while the lyrics made as much sense as the Apostles' Creed

Ian & Chrs, I watch the storm patterns over Denmark & The Netherlands, and you seem to have a lot of activity this autumn. 

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Carl, I hope your weather allows you to get out, if even for a short walk. Do you have someone to help with your grocery shopping on a regular basis?

Kathy & Loren, it seems you have wide temperature fluctuations, too. Hardly possible to dress for the day. 

Randy, not good news to learn you have to deal with ice; just snuggle down and enjoy some good reading, sleeping or whatever pleases you. 

Thankfully, I am well settled back into Laura & Larry's home and loving it. The snow decorated the firs and cedars for the Yule celebration. We have a large pile of slash and logs to put on the Yule Fire, a supply of S'More makings, apple cider, chocolate, and some form of blood warming liquid for adults. I will be inside with my mug of hot apple cider. 

Hopefully, each one of you had a restful and renewing weekend. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 18, 2016 at 9:02pm

Daniel, I don't know how you have the energy to even think of such a project. Your work looks skillfully done and beautifully planned. Your photos of the completed project should be coming any day now. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 18, 2016 at 7:58pm

Daniel, I'm in awe of your skills. I couldn't do a fraction of that shit.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 18, 2016 at 2:00pm

You're lucky, Ruth.  Right now it's 7-degrees here with a wind chill of negative 15, and thousands of idiots are sitting outside in a stadium watching the Chicago Bears game. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 18, 2016 at 1:38pm

I woke up to 59°F and the snow vanished. A surprise.

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Comment by Idaho Spud on December 18, 2016 at 1:09pm

That song didn't make any sense to me, so no; I didn't care for it.

 

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