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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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 23, 2016 at 10:55pm

Joan, sorry I'm late. A bit out of touch.

My deepest concern. It seems the whole family came together well, supporting Cary's choice. Hugs.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 23, 2016 at 9:03pm

BenGee, I recognized from your first comment that you have unhappy memories of your family. It is an honor to include you in our family. This is a safe place to discuss, disagree, and discover our world. The only requirement of Atheist Nexus is that you do not find evidence of god. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 23, 2016 at 8:56pm

Randy, one more thought. Yes! grandparents exist "to work on table manners, however. That's what grandparents do!"

Comment by BenGee on October 23, 2016 at 8:52pm

Joan, I've always thought that adoption was the best way to go. Passing on my mind, my memories, my life and sharing that is more important than passing on my genes, and it doesn't matter if you're sharing that with someone who has your gene's its precious.

Now I kinda wanna have a child, mostly though because my family taught me that I was inferior that my genes weren't worth passing on, which may be partially to blame for why I think adoption is so awesome (they tried to say I was mentally disabled my entire life). So my desire to have a kid if I can now is just a big fuck you to  everyone who tried to tell me I was genetic garbage. Though lol first i'll have to find a girl who likes me enough to make a kid with me and start a family. Even if I have a child with a girl I'd also adopt without hesitation. NO child EVER deserves to feel unwanted, you don't have to be an orphan to learn that, and EVERY child with a loving parent biological or otherwise I think is quite affected by that love.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 23, 2016 at 8:46pm

Carl, as always, I feel your friendship as tho we had met in person. Thank you. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 23, 2016 at 8:44pm

Bertold, some say that an adopted child is not as precious as a genetically born child. NONSENSE. Cary was as loved by all family members and we all grieve his death and value our memories of him. This pain is so deep because of him, not because of his genetics.

The sweetness of his care for me is priceless to me and to our family, the ideas and times we shared, the joys and sorrows were as real to us those who have the same blood lines. 

Yes, "outliving a child" is the hardest thing I ever experienced. 

Thank you for your comments, they comfort and empower me. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 23, 2016 at 7:53pm

Joan, I wept when I read your message about Cary, so please know that I am grieving with you and your family. Although we are not close in distance, we are close in friendship. I send you my love, hugs and support.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 23, 2016 at 7:13pm

Joan, outliving a child must in some ways be one of the hardest things this life could ever demand. You did it with incredible grace and power. As ever, you're an inspiration.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 23, 2016 at 6:28pm

Thank you all, your words give me strength. That is the magic that Christians claim they own and don't understand that the miracle of healing is to relieve those who life in constant pain after doing everything possible to restore quality of life. Cary shares the responsibility by not catching the cancer early. 

Take heed and have regular examinations and act when symptoms appear. 

I felt as though I had a cloud of friends who thought about Cary and me as we faced this demon-cancer. We were not alone. 

Comment by BenGee on October 23, 2016 at 6:27pm

Joan, this is sad news, I wouldn't even begin to know how to help comfort you, but I agree with everyone here who also cares about you and supports you. 

 

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