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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Thomas Murray 3 hours ago. 5 Replies

I received a gift this morning from a virtual friend, Pamela Smith:A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :" One day an old wise teacher was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have…Continue

Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Thomas Murray yesterday. 4 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

Tags: America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner yesterday. 2 Replies

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

Tags: Japanese Idol, Babymetal

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

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Comment by kathy: ky on April 27, 2015 at 9:35pm
Joan l enjoyed your typing. Reminds me of 'cat speak'.
Comment by kathy: ky on April 27, 2015 at 9:33pm
Randall is it possible your arthritis 'healed' because your thumb was allowed to rest and recover during the trip? I wonder how your sister would feel about that.
Comment by kathy: ky on April 27, 2015 at 9:27pm
Bertold, speaking of comebacks when I was younger l would say outrageous things if I thought it was funny. Once, when an xray tech told me l needed to be undressed for the film, l looked right at him and dead panned 'You first'. Luckily he laughed about it.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 27, 2015 at 8:59pm

Carl - so good to have you back among us! Isn't it ironic how people making all the inane religious comments sincerely think they're helping. My favorite comeback (which I have to confess I've never had the nerve to use) when someone says "I'll pray for you" is Hitchens' - "I'll think for you." I attended a memorial service for an uncle in Minnesota last week and had to endure my share of "better place" remarks, but I'm sure I wasn't nearly as inundated as you were going through your procedures. Best of luck in your healing!

Comment by Pat on April 27, 2015 at 5:45pm

Been behind on posting here at A|N. Have some major trials coming up soon, and have been busier than the one legged man in the proverbial contest.

Carl, Welcome back. Glad to see your heart surgery went well hope you continue to improve.

Joan, sorry to hear about your recent broken arm and illness. But, like Carl, glad to see you back.

I guess it just proves the old adage. "Getting old ain't for sissies."

Comment by Ian Mason on April 27, 2015 at 3:19pm

The Socratic method, Joan. Help people to explore what they really believe and what they really know. Here in Denmark religion is not introduced unless a patient asks for a minister of religion. Very sensible.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 27, 2015 at 2:19pm

carl, i know the feeling! I got a lot of that.

Loggers and sawmill people live in the area. many fundamentalists work at the Newport hospital. When I heard,"I'll prey for you" I responded with questions.

"From where do you get your confidece?

"What assure you it is worthy of believing?

"Why is that a valid reference?"

"Why do you not ask the tough questions?"

"How do you know that is a fact?"

Where, what, why, how, when. all present the possibity of throwing a seed into the air and may land on fertile soil.

Any question a good interviewer would ask to get them thinking works. Don't answer the question yourself.

If they ask a question, see if you can reframe it into a question for them.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 27, 2015 at 12:49pm

I used Grammarly to make corrections:

Spud, good for you! Anti-depressants do a valuable job for chemical depression when cognitive therapy doesn't work. Religious type therapy can help some people,but I have never seen it. Many of my students tried to make religion work, and I taught them mindfulness, meditation, cognitive techniques and as far as I know, they were relieved.

Learning life-skills develops a tool kit for facing life's challenges - no prayers, no mumbo jumbo, no whining, no letting go-letting god.

There is one other correction needed:
"Some people can be helped."
Grammarly finds passive voices, and I want to write in the active voice. So, I rewrote into the actve voice

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 27, 2015 at 12:23pm

Spud, good for you! anti depressant do a valuable job for chemical depression when cognatve therapy doesnt work. S porple can be helped with religeous tyapy, but i have never seen it.

I typed this with me rght hand using the hunt and peck method.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 27, 2015 at 12:10pm

I had a doctor that I quit because he kept talking about god.  The final straw was when he said "Science will never figure-out the brain, because that is the province of god."

Glad I never took the anti-depressants he recommended.

I wonder if he was a muslim.  I think he came from a muslim country.

 

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