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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 January 15, 2016 at 9:00am

Hope you feel better soon, Randall!

Comment by Randall Smith on January 15, 2016 at 8:32am

Not that anyone wants to hear this, but another "by-product" of my trip was food poisoning! I think it was the Houston airport burrito I had that's made me sick the past two days. I thought prepping for a colonoscopy was bad. This has been much worse--certainly longer.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 13, 2016 at 11:40am

Welcome home, Randy.

Comment by Ian Mason on January 13, 2016 at 11:24am

When I was younger, I couldn't understand the need for peace and quiet. I've learnt something since then.

What to wear in high winds? Many, many layers.

Comment by Randall Smith on January 13, 2016 at 9:15am

Well, I've just returned from visiting my daughter and her family ( children, ages 11 and 13) in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. I could write a book about the previous 5 days. Don't worry, I won't.

Flight(s)? Awful: cancellation and missed connection; customs the pits.

My daughter (Valerie) is wonderful (of course)! I observed her checking the eyes of 6 patients (She's an optometrist). All in Spanish, of course. So interesting. She and her husband run a medical clinic in the "slums".

I'll stay positive and won't comment on my son-in-law, nor the kids. But 3 full days with them is plenty long enough!

Anyway, it's good to be back to peace and quiet. No loud talking, music, TV, etc. Too much for this old man. 

Comment by Plinius on January 13, 2016 at 5:46am

A windbreaker?

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 13, 2016 at 2:49am

Just to be fair to the Pacific side, 

Pacific Earth Wind Map

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 13, 2016 at 2:46am

A bit of weather/wind map of the Atlantic

Earth Wind Map

there is no date stamp on it. I wonder what one wears in 75 km, 46 mph winds?  

Comment by Ian Mason on January 12, 2016 at 5:25pm

Thank you, all for the congratulations and good wishes.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 12, 2016 at 4:59pm

Thanks for the advice, k.h.ky, but that won't be necessary. My procedure has been postponed till the 19th, due to bronchitis, and the instructions finally arrived by mail. Wow, 30 degrees in 4 hours!

Congrats on your daughter's engagement, Ian.

 

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