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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 October 25, 2016 at 11:14am

The rest of the H.P. Lovecraft quote - previously I'd only seen the first paragraph:

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 24, 2016 at 4:07pm

Joan, I'm so sorry... I have no idea what you're going through. You and the whole family showed Cary so much love, staying with him to the end.

Dear Joan, No words, no card, can make things “right” - Hugs from all of us(image source)

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 24, 2016 at 2:41pm

I'm glad you have family to comfort you Joan.  I don't know what else to say because I've never had a loss like yours, but my eyes are leaking again.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 24, 2016 at 7:29am

Joan, indeed, I'm saddened by your loss. I take your words to heart on appreciating my family. I've often wondered how I would react if I lost a child or grandchild. It was hard enough losing parents.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 24, 2016 at 5:47am

Joan, my deepest condolences.  Seems to be a lousy time, as my best friend Rich just lost his brother to a combination of a stroke and Alzheimer's.  It never rains but what it pours...

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 24, 2016 at 1:46am

Ruth, thanks for the beautiful card! I like the expressions of your care.

Kathy, I agree with you about Ruth's card being beautiful. Ruth has a way with creating visuals that express deeper meanings than words alone.

Chris, your words always calm me and give me strength. I was not surprised that my family remained loving to Cary through the years and appreciative of him during these recent years. They expressed their love for him in very moving ways yesterday and Cary had no language to respond except his eyes and his hands. He spoke volumes and we knew, without a doubt, what he wanted. That gives me peace.  

Comment by Ian Mason on October 24, 2016 at 1:22am

Joan, that is such sad news. My condolences to you. Your family is a loving one and all of you will care for each other in this very hard situation. Being with a loved one at the end and being able to say goodbye helps, I know. And yes, the memories and love live on.

Comment by BenGee on October 24, 2016 at 1:14am

Joan, thank but... the point of my statment is no one should ever grow up feeling unwanted or alone, and um, I'm not sure how to put it. I think that giving someone a home, making them feel wanted and loved is the greatest gift anyone could have ever received. I would imagine that anyone being on the receiving end of your kindness would feel the same way. I know its a hard situation so this might not be the best time but, as far as I'm concerned that makes you and everyone in your family hero's

Comment by Plinius on October 23, 2016 at 11:15pm

Sad news, Joan, I'm so sorry for your loss. And I'm very happy how you all stayed with Cary and helped him through the weeks.

Take good care of yourself now! It's very hard to survive your child - I've seen that in my parents-in-law - but I know you can work it out with the help of your special family. Cary will be remembered here, from your stories and from your deep love for him shining through.

 

Comment by kathy: ky on October 23, 2016 at 11:14pm
Ruth, that is beautiful
 

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