Hang With Friends

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Picture yourself spending some time with congenial friends, sharing your lives and pictures from your cell phones." They're curious about that cool game, song, movie, camping trip, art show, or other event that fascinated you. You talk about all kinds of stuff, poetry, styles, personal achievements, relationships, and bad days. You can share your inner child, and laugh together. They sympathetically listen to your feelings about serious topics like politics or climate change, even when they don't agree.

Personal validation comes from paying attention to one another, giving more than you get. Everyone respects you and themselves, despite our amazing range of personal tastes and interests. They'll tell you they don't agree with an idea or behavior without implying you're a bad person or somehow deficient. It's an "I'm OK, You're OK" kind of fellowship, where nobody tries to make himself look better by picking on somebody else.

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Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by BenGee on Saturday. 3 Replies

This is a test Continue

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Oct 20. 15 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 17. 2 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

A moment to relax and see the Earth from space; some how this comforts me.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Oct 16. 3 Replies

All the squabbles and struggles that I have do not compare with those of some others on this great planet. There are no boundary lines, no political arguments, no up or no down. What is, is. For right now, the scenes offer tranquility. Just the…Continue

Tags: and, wonder, awe, of, space

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by Plinius Oct 16. 27 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

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 29. 39 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

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Comment by James M. Martin on June 2, 2014 at 1:58pm

Minor cavil with the Simpsons illo, Flying Atheist. Whatever happened to the "old" spelling: Duh! When a mentally challenged person says something obvious, we say, "Duh!" ("D'oh" is not only awkwardly spelled, its pronunciation sound like mention of a play putty or what you roll out to make a pie shell.)

Comment by sk8eycat on June 2, 2014 at 10:26am

Not just climate-change deniers...climate and ecological change are what drive evolution...

Comment by Loren Miller on June 2, 2014 at 7:31am

Carl, your quote reminded me of the last words of the liner notes on the first Eric Whitacre CD I ever got:

The effect is often like the one the great Mozart described upon hearing Johann Sebastian Bach's incredible motet, Singet dem Herrn: "it was as if my entire soul was in my ear."

So maybe souls don't exist ... but there is a lot of music out there which can stir us to our core, and I find the choral work of Eric Whitacre, the composer of "A Boy and a Girl," to be emphatically in that set.

Comment by Randall Smith on June 2, 2014 at 7:27am

Since I hardly ever watch FOX, I keep forgetting to tune in Cosmos. Homer says it all.

Comment by Plinius on June 2, 2014 at 12:04am

Beautiful Loren! I'll be very sorry to lose music when my hearing gets worse, but there are years left..

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 1, 2014 at 11:49pm

I fell asleep and didn't wake up until 8:30......half way through Cosmos.  So rather than watch just the second half, I'll watch the whole intact episode tomorrow on my laptop. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 1, 2014 at 11:41pm

That is so beautiful Loren.  Thanks for posting.

I will repeat a quote that I made up myself just a few months ago:

"If there is an entity in existence that truly is the human soul, it's music and art."  --Me (The Flying Atheist)

Comment by Loren Miller on June 1, 2014 at 10:07pm

Just listened to the following ... and as many times as I've heard this piece, I don't know as I've ever been so moved.  Honestly if you don't leak at least a little hearing this ... well, I don't know about you!  [grin!]

Comment by Randall Smith on June 1, 2014 at 7:21am

Happy First Day of June! Summer has officially arrived--calendar wise. Enjoy a churchless Sunday!

Comment by Plinius on June 1, 2014 at 2:37am

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