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What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat yesterday. 10 Replies

Long story short, it's those near misses, the almost-but-not-quite, close but no cheroot moments, or, would you believe ... Near Death Experiences!  So what's the big deal?  Betty Bowers, America's BEST Christian and self-proclaimed expert on such…Continue

Tags: Near Death Experiences, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

degrading love — part one (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 22. 11 Replies

Love is by many considered among the highest of positive emotions.  Yet when love of the type offered by deities is examined, something seems to go seriously wrong.  The love of Yahweh seems less a gift than a demand, not so much beneficence as a…Continue

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Ning, Error 500s, and Whether to Migrate

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 13. 47 Replies

I just got the following notice from Ning yesterday, (31 October, 2016), in the wake of this latest website outage:As some of you may be aware, we experienced a system outage earlier this morning. The cause was due to a specific network…Continue

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Introducing Douglas Murray

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 7. 4 Replies

Most of us who have been around atheism for a while know the heavyweights of our ilk.  Names like Hitchens, Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, Dillahunty and AronRa get nearly daily mention in posts and discussions on Atheist Nexus.  One name I was…Continue

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If There's a God - She's a Woman - The Author T

Started by Joe. Last reply by Chris Nov 3. 4 Replies

I came across this story and thought some here might find it interesting and humorous.It’s titled:If There’s a GodShe’s a WomanFrom the Series:Things You Can Learn from a VaginaIts on the website TheAuthorT.com under the tab, “Free to Read…Continue

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by k.h. ky Oct 30. 35 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

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Comment by Ian Mason on October 11, 2016 at 1:55pm

Interesting picture, Carl. I haven't been to Paris since 1981. Must go there again at some point.

I've never been to a reunion. Britain was never the kind of place for that. It might be different now.

Joan, it was a lovely experience seeing so many young people that have "come out" about their problems and daring to be open.It's a normal, human thing to want the next generation to have a better life. I've learned to cope with many of my problems but the shyness will always be with me - particularly around women. I get very flustered when women try to flirt. That's if I notice it.

Grandchildren are something I'm looking forward to. I'm going to bore everyone in sight with chatter and photos.

"Panik før lukketid" is a standard Danish expression, often used about middle-aged men who chase younger women. That, at least, is not so in my case.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 11, 2016 at 1:53pm
As to the "debate", it was another platform from which The Donald could spit out his rhetoric!
I watched about half before I had heard enough pontificating by the uneducated one. I regret
Hillary didn't have a more intelligent opponent. I do not consider Trump to be intelligent, he is a thug who is used to storming his way through to get what he wants!
I doubt Hillary will get her agenda across if elected! Democrates and Progressives need to work on getting Progressives into Congress!
Comment by Joan Denoo on October 11, 2016 at 1:41pm
Oh dear I should have proof read my comment more carefully!
Comment by Joan Denoo on October 11, 2016 at 1:38pm
Ian, your experience at mental health day must have seemed strang having grown up in a culture that did a lot to hide plus growing up shy. Thankfully, you were able to throw said your shyness, depression and addiction; life can be pretty good if we can take the bumps of life in stride, carry with self confidence and flexibility.
Randy, the thing I liked about grandchildren is they go home.
Spud, isn't it enriching to be free of dogma?! Realizing we are OK without all the litanies going on in our heads doesn't mean we become monsters without all those puppet strings yanking us around; we can be responsible without god. All we have to do is remind those who would pull us back into cult is all harm done in the name of gods.
Carl, the old and present photos if Paris are fun to look at! I don't think I would have the patience to do that match up.
I agree with Chris, Ian. Your comment about getting close to quitting time fits!
Randy, being a grandparent is fun, if one does not share a home. Saying "Hello" & "Goodbye" both are treats!
Comment by Qiana-Maieev on October 11, 2016 at 1:32pm

Yes, who needs that toxicity?

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 11, 2016 at 9:29am

I like your update Randy.  Interesting facts about your reunion.

I've never been to any reunion except for family ones.  I could see no reason to go to my High School reunions because In High School, I was very shy and introverted, so didn't have any friends there, and kew very few people.

My college trade and technical electronic school never had any reunions.

I never got around to going to my Scottish missionary reunions when I was still a believer, and now, I wouldn't be caught dead there.

I will also not go to anymore family reunions because they are all mormon zombies.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 11, 2016 at 7:07am

The last time I saw Paris was 49 years ago, sometime between your juxtaposed snapshots, Carl. fun to see.

Since last I checked in here, I did survive my class reunion. We had an Elvis "impersonater" for entertainment. Good, but I was never an Elvis fan (or any rock and roll, for that matter). There were 12 single women attending, and I was the only single man! 40 total classmates out of 186 in my class (1961). Many dead.

Watched football rather than the debate, thankfully. Babysat for 5 hours (4 and 1 year old grandkids). And, I went to the dentist where my daughter cleaned my teeth. One cavity, darn it.

That's my update. Be well, all!

Comment by Plinius on October 11, 2016 at 12:52am

Beautiful, Carl!

Comment by Plinius on October 11, 2016 at 12:46am

Panic before closing time - I love that, Ian!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 10, 2016 at 8:59pm

Nice, Flying Atheist! Idaho Spud, I too noticed his skulking and taking domineering postures behind Hillary as she was talking.

 

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