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Steven Weinberg on his anti-theism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Gerald Payne 31 minutes ago. 3 Replies

I like the sound of Steven Weinberg's voice. He has a calming impact on me as I rush to get my home of 41 years ready to sell and plan and put into motion the new garden at my daughter's home. My home is full o empty boxed quickly filling with the…Continue

Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Jul 23. 3 Replies

Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

Tags: ripoff, Goodwill Industries, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Jul 10. 12 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

losing faith (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jul 5. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees has recently begun producing a new series of YouTube videos, which added to a wonderful library of earlier observations regarding his experience of religion. Good as all those pieces are, I personally think they pale against this…Continue

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

Betty Explains Religious Freedom (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 3. 10 Replies

Well, considering all the RFRA bills popping up all over the United States, plus all the fun and games ISIS is bringing to the good folks in Syria and Iraq, Betty Bowers, the epitome of well-dressed christianity, has decided to clarify the true…Continue

Tags: persecution, ISIS, Religious Freedom, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 6. 82 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on June 9, 2014 at 10:26pm

Loren, I know! I deliberately used non-atheist sources for my quotes. One is from 

~  Socrates Scholasticus: The Murder of Hypatia (late 4th Cent.) 

the other is from a Roman Catholic source

Saint Cyril of Alexandria

Comment by Loren Miller on June 9, 2014 at 9:34pm

And now for something completely different: Brits mocking religion:

Comment by Loren Miller on June 9, 2014 at 8:58pm

Joan, those who want to dig have probably already done that digging and KNOW.  Those who haven't or won't dig would probably accuse the first group of "persecuting christians" like a bunch of whiny third-graders and instantly go into denial.

The facts remain the facts.  The problem remains who is willing to acknowledge them.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 9, 2014 at 8:43pm

Cosmos, Season 1 Episode 13, Tyson describes the destruction of the Library of Alexandria, Egypt, as a "mob" destroyed the library. He doesn't mention who burned the library and killed Hypatia, the head of the library.

"A mob of Christians gathered, led by a reader (i.e., a minor cleric) named Peter, whom Scholasticus calls a fanatic. They kidnapped Hypatia on her way home and took her to the 'Church called Caesareum. They then completely stripped her, and then murdered her with tiles.' Socrates Scholasticus was hence interpreted as saying that, while she was still alive, Hypatia's flesh was torn off using oyster shells (tiles; the Greek word is ostrakois, which literally means 'oystershells' but the word was also used for brick tiles on the roofs of houses and for pottery sherds). Afterward, the men proceeded to mutilate her and, finally, burn her limbs. News of Hypatia's murder provoked great public denouncement, not only against Cyril, but against the whole Alexandrian Christian community. Scholasticus closes with a lament: 'Surely nothing can be farther from the spirit of Christianity than the allowance of massacres, fights, and transactions of that sort.'"

~  Socrates Scholasticus: The Murder of Hypatia (late 4th Cent.)

Saint Cyril of Alexandria, the christian theologian and bishop, argued for the relation of the divine and human within Jesus Christ; he emphasized the unity of the two in one person.

Saint Cyril of Alexandria

I am interested that Tyson did not name the mob as being the christians of the community. I guess he left it to those of us who are interested in history to reveal who the real culprits were. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 9, 2014 at 8:15pm

And now for something completely different.......

Comment by sk8eycat on June 9, 2014 at 12:16am

The little bit that I got to hear (the very end) was a recap of Carl Sagan's philosophy that we alone are responsible for the fate of our Pale Blue Dot in space.

Finest kind.

Comment by Ian Mason on June 8, 2014 at 11:45pm

Sorry, Joan: no magic cure, just stretch and rest plus some well-deserved calories.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 8, 2014 at 10:25pm

I was in the garden at 7:00 AM, came inside at 7:00 PM, with a nice lunch and two hour nap during the heat of the day. Pure joy. Slowly, the Garden of Weeds is becoming the Garden of Eatin'! 

Carl, loved the kitty commercial! Has your visitor remained for a lengthy visit?

Ian, do you have a quick remedy for muscle pain? I can use some magic elixir today, as well.

WHAT! COSMOS IS OVER?!!! I could watch those programs forever. In fact, I do watch and rewatch them to pick up little details that add to my library of rebuttal for creationism. I will see it tomorrow. Last week, it was late Monday before it became available on my computer.

I am anxious to see if there is going to be a spike in people thinking climate change, caused by humans, is a fact  

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 8, 2014 at 10:10pm

Thanks for the commercial, Flying Atheist. It's good to know that curtains of invisibility work to hide from Vacoom.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 8, 2014 at 10:00pm

Mindy, I wasn't able to watch COSMOS tonight so I'll view it on my laptop tomorrow.  In the meantime, don't tell me how it ends.  I want to be surprised just in case it turns out that God "did it."

 

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