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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 Plinius on May 14, 2015 at 1:09pm

Have fun in Naples, Ian! Don't forget to take a ride in the funiculare.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 14, 2015 at 1:06pm

Let's hear it for Depends! One of the side effects of ageing, or chemo, or radiation, or broken ribs, or abstructed bowel is Depends! I don't know what the cause, but I am ever so grateful for those diapers for the aged. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 14, 2015 at 12:59pm

Ian, I am impressed, both of the marathon and sobriety. Good for you! 

Comment by Ian Mason on May 14, 2015 at 11:57am

I am. or will be soon. Off to Copenhagen tomorrow and then on to Naples on Saturday. I will be thinking of you though.

Comment by Plinius on May 14, 2015 at 12:27am

I think I can't go on holiday, but it IS quiet here! I have some six weeks of teaching to do and in the meantime I try to learn more about bad knees.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 13, 2015 at 7:26am

Everybody on vacation here?

I heard on the CBS evening news last night that the percentage of non-religious Americans has risen from 22% to 30% in the past ten (I think) years. They actually used the words "agnostic" and "atheist", usually taboo. So yeah, good news!!

Comment by Randall Smith on May 8, 2015 at 7:33am

Joan, hope you're doing well. You sound chipper enough. My hygienist daughter is one and the same vegetable farmer. How she juggles both jobs, plus being a pregnant mother of two amazes me.

Speaking of the farm, I dug huge holes for 3 hours yesterday for fruit trees--an orchard being another addition to the already full land use. What a transformation from corn and soybeans of 3 years ago. It's so exciting for me to watch (and be involved in) the progress.

Comment by Plinius on May 7, 2015 at 11:00am

Thanks Joan, I'll be careful. I went back to the GP today, to get a note for a specialist. That's one step on the road to a new knee.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 7, 2015 at 10:53am

Ian, Congratulations! Very fine milestones. 

Chris, do be careful about keeping your balance. What should have been a simple fall for me resulted in a broken arm, broken ribs, and a five-day stay in the hospital with a blocked bowel. Life is too short to spend it in such agony!  Do take care of yourself. 

The dumbing-down of USA by TV programming and news got to me and I find much more interesting programming on the internet by selective watching of things that interest me. 

Randy, your daughter chose a great profession for a woman. I suppose you got the lectures on how to brush your teeth and care for your gums when she was in training. 

Comment by Plinius on May 7, 2015 at 10:49am

A wonderful record!

 

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