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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 Ian Mason on November 1, 2015 at 5:59pm

Wonderful! Marvelous! Just seen Benedict Cumberbatch as Hamlet via a live stream from London. The best Hamlet of my Shakespeare-loving life. It ended with an appeal for donations to refugee children, Cumberbatch quoting a poem:

"You don't flee your home unless home is the mouth of a shark.

You don't put a child in a boat unless the sea is safer than the land"

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 1, 2015 at 3:07pm

Ruth, a dreadful way to spend a day! Hope you feel better and have no reoccurrence. You wrote, "probably pinched nerve syndrome". what is the remedy for that?

Your Halloween photo perfectly catches the mood of the night. 

Randy, Living in Honduras must have some interesting events, do you plan to visit her there? I think optometry must be a good profession for a woman. Do you remember when there were no, or few, women in that profession? 

probably pinched nerve syndrome

Comment by Randall Smith on November 1, 2015 at 7:07am

Good news, Ruth! There's much good news going around these days.

I had two trick or treaters last night, that's all--my grandchildren! So cute. 

My oldest daughter (age 42) is home from Honduras (where she lives) for "continuing education" in optometry. Looking forward to seeing her tonight.

Comment by Plinius on November 1, 2015 at 1:21am

Looks like you had a very bad day, Ruth! I'm glad it wasn't thrombosis!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 31, 2015 at 10:49pm

Only got nine trick-or-treaters this year. Love this cat costume.

from cheezburger

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 31, 2015 at 10:30pm

Good news about your successful cataract surgery, k.h. ky!

Thanks for the update on your health, Flying Atheist. I look forward  your successful kidney operation.

Joan, perfect Mark Twain quote for today's US political scene.

Sorry I missed a couple of days. I spent a day in the ER, ruling out deep vein thrombosis. Hubby sat there in an 83 degree room with me all day. Well, the room was down to 77 by sunset, when I finally got discharged. The ultrasound was clean. I was very very happy. In retrospect the pain was probably pinched nerve syndrome. Didn't know it could manifest as an isolated pain in the back of the knee for hours. It took me another day to catch up with daily life.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 30, 2015 at 2:42pm

"The glory which is built upon a lie soon becomes a most unpleasant incumbrance. How easy it is to make people believe a lie, and how hard it is to undo that work again."

— Mark Twain

Mark Twain's Own Autobiography: The Chapters from the North, American Review, Page 87

 By Mark Twain

Comment by kathy: ky on October 30, 2015 at 10:57am
Carl; wonderful. That's also the date of my last cataract surgery so I'll be thinking of you! Still have the patch on from yesterday's procedure but I'm amazed at what I can see through the pinholes. I haven't seen this well since I was a child.
Comment by Ian Mason on October 30, 2015 at 9:39am

Splendid news, Carl. As you say, one more bump and then onward.

That's an exciting project, Joan. I'll keep an eye on it with interest.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 30, 2015 at 8:02am

"Newses?"  NEWSES?!? [chuckle!]

Seriously, Carl, VERY BEST WISHES to you on your upcoming procedure.  Here's to zero complications, fast-fast-fast post-operative recovery and getting back in the swing of things soonest!

 

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