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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 August 25, 2015 at 9:19am

Brag away, Randall. Family love and pride are very positive things.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 25, 2015 at 7:08am

Thanks, Joan, for the promo!  Yes, my farms "kids" have their ups and downs. Yesterday, Nate was digging for an irrigation pipe leak. It's always something--machinery, weather, findng a baby sitter (my job today), etc.  If you check out their web address (below from Joan), you'll find another link to a short video made by Slow Food Indy with an interview. Yes, you might say I'm proud of my kids and what they're doing. Hope you don't mind me bragging.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 24, 2015 at 1:27pm

So too much rain in Indiana, and not enough out West, Joan? <sigh> Vegetable lovers sadden.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 24, 2015 at 11:20am
Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 24, 2015 at 9:18am

By the way, to avoid confusion, there is a Turkish documentary from 2008 with the same title name. 

I hope everyone had a good weekend.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 24, 2015 at 9:15am

I watched a wonderful documentary yesterday and wanted to pass along my recommendation so you could enjoy it as well.  It's "On the Way To School," a French film from 2013.  It's the story of four children from four different countries, and the struggles and obstacles they endure just to get to school.  It's very inspirational, and at times quite moving.  I streamed it on Netflix, but I know it's available from other sources, too.  Here's the trailer.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 23, 2015 at 1:35pm

I'm not a huge Dean Martin fan either, but I really liked the video.  Some really great movies represented. 

However, I always liked the "Dean Martin Roasts."  They always had a great line-up of stars.  You couldn't go wrong with Phyllis Diller, Flip Wilson or Foster Brooks.     

Comment by Randall Smith on August 23, 2015 at 7:42am

Sorry, Carl, but two seconds of Dean Martin is my limit. I did watch the video, however. Fun.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 21, 2015 at 9:13am

Excellent, Loren! 

And here's one to enjoy after the caffeine has kicked in.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 21, 2015 at 7:52am

Randall, most of the time when pianists appear as soloists, at least to my experience with The Cleveland Orchestra (I have a six-concert subscription), they play from memory as well.  Worth note: most works for piano and orchestra run a LOT longer, too!

 

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