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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 Joan Denoo on April 27, 2015 at 2:19pm

carl, i know the feeling! I got a lot of that.

Loggers and sawmill people live in the area. many fundamentalists work at the Newport hospital. When I heard,"I'll prey for you" I responded with questions.

"From where do you get your confidece?

"What assure you it is worthy of believing?

"Why is that a valid reference?"

"Why do you not ask the tough questions?"

"How do you know that is a fact?"

Where, what, why, how, when. all present the possibity of throwing a seed into the air and may land on fertile soil.

Any question a good interviewer would ask to get them thinking works. Don't answer the question yourself.

If they ask a question, see if you can reframe it into a question for them.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 27, 2015 at 12:49pm

I used Grammarly to make corrections:

Spud, good for you! Anti-depressants do a valuable job for chemical depression when cognitive therapy doesn't work. Religious type therapy can help some people,but I have never seen it. Many of my students tried to make religion work, and I taught them mindfulness, meditation, cognitive techniques and as far as I know, they were relieved.

Learning life-skills develops a tool kit for facing life's challenges - no prayers, no mumbo jumbo, no whining, no letting go-letting god.

There is one other correction needed:
"Some people can be helped."
Grammarly finds passive voices, and I want to write in the active voice. So, I rewrote into the actve voice

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 27, 2015 at 12:23pm

Spud, good for you! anti depressant do a valuable job for chemical depression when cognatve therapy doesnt work. S porple can be helped with religeous tyapy, but i have never seen it.

I typed this with me rght hand using the hunt and peck method.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 27, 2015 at 12:10pm

I had a doctor that I quit because he kept talking about god.  The final straw was when he said "Science will never figure-out the brain, because that is the province of god."

Glad I never took the anti-depressants he recommended.

I wonder if he was a muslim.  I think he came from a muslim country.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 27, 2015 at 11:23am
Ugh! The "I'll pray for you" sentiment drives me batty. And just last week, I was having a conversation with the dialysis nurse and I told him that my sister is my kidney donor. He said, that's wonderful! That's why god gave us two kidneys, so we can give one away as a gift.
I was at a loss of words that someone could say something so ridiculous and be totally serious.
Major facepalm moment.
Comment by Joan Denoo on April 27, 2015 at 11:22am

Randy, I share your rage when family members believe such nonsense. I like Peter Bogosian's approach. Have you read his "manual for creating atheists"?

My cousin's husband and I have a very friendly debate that has been going on for years. He presents me with a statement of faith and I give him my response. The next time I see him he gives me a beautiful or whimsical birdhouse. I adore them. 

He and his cousin and a group of men who regularly meet conspire to find the next statement. iIt is great fun!

Comment by Plinius on April 27, 2015 at 11:03am

You'll be glad that we're not praying at you, Carl  =^.^=

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 27, 2015 at 10:58am

Chris. I looked back a few pages and can't find what impresses me so much, and I can't remember. Whatever it was, it either inspired me or encouraged me. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 27, 2015 at 10:47am
The past several months I have heard some of the most idiotic religious talk. There's nothing like a major health condition that brings out the most ridiculous comments from people.
Comment by Idaho Spud on April 27, 2015 at 10:24am

Carl, so sorry to hear of the excruciating painful pluricy, but glad that you're on the mend.

 

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