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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 Plinius on March 25, 2016 at 4:33am

Message from Patricia:

Just to let you know that James M. Martin from A/N died in December after a short illness.

From J.W. Gaston--------------

Thank you for the kind lines about James M. Martin.  Mr. Martin's personal and literary works are archived in the University of Southern California library system.  As you know, he posted on numerous websites, and he was enormously erudite.  If you are members of any other web lists, especially Face Book, to which Mr. Martin also belonged, please be so kind as to alert the other web-list members who might be unaware of Mr. Martin's death, since I do not belong to other lists.  Mr. Martin was my best friend for 54 years and four-months.  I miss him very day of my life.  He was the only person in my life with whom I could discuss the technical effects of pointillism or impasto; the relation of the Italian Renaissance painters, Giotto and Fra Angelico, to the Paris modernists of the '20; the cinematography of S.M. Eisenstein to that of the French New Wave film-makers; the poetic style of the Symbolists writers to mid-century modernism; or the comparison of Max Reinhardt's production designs to those of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes.  I cannot tell you the loss I feel at his passing.  Mr. Martin died after a short illness, but in his last year of life, 2015,he completed almost all the goals and projects he had set for himself.  Only his three-act play and a film scenario were left un-revised. Sadly, he died 18-days before his announced retirement.  

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 24, 2016 at 4:02pm

LOL on free hugs, Ian.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 24, 2016 at 1:40pm

Happy Birthday, Randall. Have a great day.

Comment by Donald L. Engel on March 24, 2016 at 11:58am

Happy birthday, Randy.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 24, 2016 at 8:17am

Happy Birthday, Randy! I hope you get some nice spring weather to help you celebrate. Apricots, fresh off the tree, makes a splendid treat. Let's hope no late spring frosts interfere with their growth. 

Comment by Randall Smith on March 24, 2016 at 7:44am

Spring here usually arrives right around my birthday (today, as a matter of fact). My apricot trees are in full pink bloom. Maybe, for once, I'll have some.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 23, 2016 at 3:38pm

I couldn't resist this.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 23, 2016 at 3:37pm

The Nederlands are far enough south of DK to make a difference. Usually about 3 weeks.

Comment by Plinius on March 23, 2016 at 2:32pm

Such a difference, Ian? Here the willows are tuening green.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 23, 2016 at 1:57pm

A funny video, Ruth.

I've been running in the woods today. Nothing green yet at these latitudes but the sun was shining nicely.

 

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