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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 Randall Smith on September 8, 2016 at 10:21am

Chris, glad you liked the book (Armenian genocide), as tragic as it was.

And it's good to hear you're doing so well, Carl. Great news.

I love Billy Joel, but I must confess I've never been a fan of the song (Lion Sleeps Tonight). It almost ranks right up there with "The Little Drummer Boy". I have my reasons.

Comment by Plinius on September 8, 2016 at 3:53am

Thanks, Joan, I didn't know that site!

Comment by Plinius on September 8, 2016 at 3:52am

Grilled brats, Carl? So you do eat babies?

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 8, 2016 at 12:18am

I agree with Carl, this is a great post, Loren. I have already posted it to my family and friends on Facebook. Thanks. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 7, 2016 at 11:51pm

What a great clip, Loren.  Jimmy is having so much.  I was smiling through the whole thing.  I've always loved Billy Joel.  He had so many huge hits one after the other during my grammar school, high school, and college years and beyond.  Hearing his music always transports me back in time.  (Mentally, not physically.)  Thanks for sharing. 

Comment by Loren Miller on September 7, 2016 at 6:39pm

Okay, gang, time for some fun.  How about Jimmy Fallon and Billy Joel indulging in a bit of 21st-century doo-wop?!?

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 7, 2016 at 3:55pm

Chris, about pronunciation, I ran across this site; you probably know it already. But what the heck, maybe you don't, so here it is. 

How to teach reading with phonics - 9/12 - Long I Sound - Learn Eng...

Comment by kathy: ky on September 7, 2016 at 2:35pm
Thanks everyone. I was seriously concerned. With the new policy of having to go in to receive test results I'll be in that damned office all the time.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 7, 2016 at 2:35pm

I'm doing fine, Randy. Thanks.  I feel good.  I just get a bit lethargic and tired.  I attribute that to my medications.  I spent the Labor Day holiday at my parent's house for grilled brats, potato salad, corn on the cob, and sauerkraut to put on the brats which were on pretzel rolls.  Also a nice side of very flavorful cherry tomatoes from their garden.  Oh, and chocolate ice cream and peanut butter cookies for dessert.  So yes, I'm doing fine health-wise and other-wise.

Comment by Plinius on September 7, 2016 at 12:26pm

I think Randall mentioned A Hundred Year Walk, about the Armenian genocide. Thanks for putting me on the track of it, I wouldn't have missed the story!

 

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