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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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An AN member passed away

Started by Deidre. Last reply by Deidre Aug 18. 4 Replies

Went into the chat room last Friday night, for the first time in a while, and learned that Mequa passed away. I had been good friends with him for a time, but we had differences and stopped talking back in the spring of this year. I knew however,…Continue

A Parable by Mrs. Betty Bowers

Started by Loren Miller Aug 17. 0 Replies

Betty Bowers is becoming SO GOOD at delivering as America's Best Christian, she now does 30-second parables!  (Okay, 32 seconds!  Picky, picky!) Have You Had YOUR Betty Today?Continue

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

Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Michael Penn Aug 16. 8 Replies

Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

Tags: ripoff, Goodwill Industries, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Steven Weinberg on his anti-theism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 2. 4 Replies

I like the sound of Steven Weinberg's voice. He has a calming impact on me as I rush to get my home of 41 years ready to sell and plan and put into motion the new garden at my daughter's home. My home is full o empty boxed quickly filling with the…Continue

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Jul 10. 12 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

losing faith (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jul 5. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees has recently begun producing a new series of YouTube videos, which added to a wonderful library of earlier observations regarding his experience of religion. Good as all those pieces are, I personally think they pale against this…Continue

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 23, 2013 at 2:39pm

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 23, 2013 at 2:24pm

That's so sweet, Napoleon Bonaparte. Watching the cat sooth the fretting baby actually made me relax.

Cute tree frog impression, Steph.

I too didn't know that Schulz had deconverted. Thanks, Tony. The T rex gave me a laugh too.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 23, 2013 at 2:10pm

Ian, what a wonderfully outrageous photo of a penguin! 

Carl, the library benefits hold especially true for people who need and want distraction from some situation.

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 23, 2013 at 2:03pm

I don't see the response I wrote the other day. so this may be a repeat. 

Steph, Business Cat and I have a lot in common. Love him ... he presents a good theme. Of course, Tree Frog Impression is a keeper! 

Tony, very much like comment with Tyrannosaurus Rex. I also like your response about Schultz, a complex man with insight. 

 

Comment by Steph S. on October 23, 2013 at 11:47am

Comment by Steph S. on October 23, 2013 at 11:17am

I am proud of Schultz for leaving his faith - I didn't know that about him. I do like peanuts cartoon. I am so glad to know this now - thanks for the cartoon Ian and the pic Tony. I hope everyone is doing good today.

Comment by Tony Carroll on October 22, 2013 at 9:41am

He evolved Melinda. From his Wikipedia article:

Schulz often touched on religious themes in his work, including the classic television cartoon, A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965), which features the character Linus van Pelt quoting the King James Version of the Bible Luke 2:8–14 to explain "what Christmas is all about." In personal interviews Schulz mentioned that Linus represented his spiritual side.

Schulz, reared in the Lutheran faith, had been active in the Church of God as a young adult and then later taught Sunday school at a United Methodist Church. In the 1960s, Robert L. Short interpreted certain themes and conversations in Peanuts as being consistent with parts of Christian theology, and used them as illustrations during his lectures about the gospel, as he explained in his bestselling paperback book, The Gospel According to Peanuts, the first of several books he wrote on religion and Peanuts, and other popular culture items.

From the late 1980s, however, Schulz described himself in interviews as a "secular humanist":[56]

I do not go to church anymore... I guess you might say I've come around to secular humanism, an obligation I believe all humans have to others and the world we live in.[57]

He evolved. Probably not full blown Atheism, but no longer religiously bent as when he was younger.

Comment by Ian Mason on October 22, 2013 at 6:24am

The same way people knew they were living in years B.C Tony?

Comment by Ian Mason on October 22, 2013 at 6:23am

A good summary of faith in all its glory.

Comment by Tony Carroll on October 21, 2013 at 7:56pm

Okay. Who told? The jig is up now. Start the car.

 

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