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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 The Flying Atheist on May 29, 2015 at 11:05pm
That's great news, Ruth. Glad your husband is feeling better.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 29, 2015 at 2:51pm

Thanks for the pictures of your trip, Ian.

Nice repurposed church buildings.

Hubby is improving every day. The c diff is gone. He's even started doing a few chores again, though he still uses a walker.

I actually got time to look at news and cheezburge today. :)

Comment by Grinning Cat on May 26, 2015 at 2:29pm

Joan, that would especially be nice for a former Roman Catholic cathedral or Mormon temple!

(In fairness, quite a few religious believers are fine with embryonic stem cells, abortion rights, and the full range of normal human sexuality.)

And about the history of the Colchester Arts Centre's site, it was good to read that the organ was moved to another home. Though I'd like to see more organs in secular venues! (It worked for movie theaters 100 years ago, and even after the '20s and '30s, for municipal halls, concert venues, roller rinks, sports arenas, a few restaurants....)

Comment by Ian Mason on May 26, 2015 at 2:21pm

Joan, the whole Bay of Naples is a caldera with 40 craters, all sitting on a huge magma chamber. Oddly, Vesuvius is a separate volcano with its own magma chamber. It's also constantly monitored and the experts say they should be able to give 2 weeks warning of an eruption.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 26, 2015 at 12:49pm

Ian, I thoroughly enjoy the photos of your trip. The volcano photos intrigue me, especially when remembering the trauma those mountains caused so many people. 

Grinning Cat, I like the reuse of those grand old buildings, turned from places of worship into other uses. I would love to see scientific institutes fill their chambers. Perhaps for stem cell research, or an archive for clinical studies of GLBTQ research. 

Comment by Randall Smith on May 26, 2015 at 7:31am

Cool pics, Ian! And great ideas for church use, G.C.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 26, 2015 at 12:11am

Some great ideas there. Here's a place that was a local venue for me when I was a student and is still going strong.

http://www.colchesterartscentre.com/the-venue/

Comment by Grinning Cat on May 25, 2015 at 9:21pm

Found at Hidden City Philadelphia, with plenty of pictures and examples of creative reuse:

Holy Smokes: What Do We Do With All These Churches?

How To Reuse A Church: Our Top Ten

Comment by sk8eycat on May 25, 2015 at 8:49pm

Good idea; I hope that a profit-making business taking over an old church will pay property taxes, and not apply for a "historical site" exemption.

There is a former Baptwit church in Burbank that is now Syrian or Armenian....HUGE piece of prime property.  I don't know how it could be re-purposed into something commercial, but it would make me happy if it were.

Comment by Grinning Cat on May 25, 2015 at 6:02pm

On another note: many people were religious for some time, then got over it. (Much of our present company included.)

This is true of buildings as well! In Albany, this former church got Overit (Overit Media, to be precise):

Hit the link for more pictures. In the article, Overit CEO Dan Dinsmore notes: "No pun intended, but a lot of it isn't 'altar-ed.' We cleaned up the outside, but reused everything inside we could."

(h/t Tom Schott)

 

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