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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 Bertold Brautigan on April 10, 2018 at 4:31pm

Even if god's anger management program doesn't work, we're all saved!!!

Comment by Patricia on April 10, 2018 at 2:03pm

Hahaha.......

Comment by Ian Mason on April 10, 2018 at 1:16pm

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Comment by Patricia on April 8, 2018 at 3:54pm

Yes, Joan, & many of the young ones volunteer & get trained for the firefighting here.

I was thinking to get the suitcase & cat carriers out & ready for packing next month.

Comment by Patricia on April 8, 2018 at 3:51pm

I saw this on G+....

In the 1970's Daniel Everett was a missionary who went to the Amazon in Brazil to convert the Pirahã people to Christianity. Everett discovered many interesting things about these people, for example they have no concept of numbers. Though a mother might not know how many children she has, she knows all their names, and loves them no less than any mother would. They also have no fear of death, but here's the good part, they had no concept of a supreme being. After a while the Pirahã told Daniel that they had absolutely no interest in learning about Jesus or his god, and if he would please stop preaching. So, Daniel Everett didn't convert the Pirahã to Christianity, but the Pirahã unwittingly deconverted Daniel Everett to atheism.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 8, 2018 at 3:28pm

Patricia, I know you are as informed as anyone can be on how to prepare for possible evacuation and access to health care. Firefighters in our area gear up for a dry, hot season. We need to recruit more young, healthy, determined men and women to fight the flames. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 8, 2018 at 3:04pm

Disbelieve it or not, ancient history suggests that atheism is as natural to humans as religion

People in the ancient world did not always believe in the gods, a new study suggests – casting doubt on the idea that religious belief is a “default setting” for humans.

[University of Cambridge]

  • Despite being written out of large parts of history, atheists thrived in the polytheistic societies of the ancient world – raising considerable doubts about whether humans really are “wired” for religion – a new study suggests.
  • The claim is the central proposition of a new book by Tim Whitmarsh, Professor of Greek Culture and a Fellow of St John’s College, University of Cambridge. In it, he suggests that atheism – which is typically seen as a modern phenomenon – was not just common in ancient Greece and pre-Christian Rome, but probably flourished more in those societies than in most civilisations since.
  • As a result, the study challenges two assumptions that prop up current debates between atheists and believers: Firstly, the idea that atheism is a modern point of view, and second, the idea of “religious universalism” – that humans are naturally predisposed, or “wired”, to believe in gods.
Comment by Patricia on April 7, 2018 at 2:03am
Comment by Joan Denoo on April 1, 2018 at 10:06pm

The avatars badges reveal information without obliterating the intelligent and wise faces of our members. 

Bertold, the “T for Trump” image fits the man. The fawning crowds says more than words can express. 

Comment by Patricia on April 1, 2018 at 6:14pm

Trampadams uncanny family...

 

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