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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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Please start a discussion to share stories, photos, and videos. Replies will pop up in your "latest activity" and a conversation can develop from the feelings and thoughts you contributed. Groups are built on discussions.

Discussion Forum

Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by BenGee yesterday. 3 Replies

This is a test Continue

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly on Thursday. 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 The Flying Atheist on April 1, 2014 at 9:00pm

Mindy, I just realized I called you Melinda.

Maybe I'll just call you Sybil

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 1, 2014 at 8:52pm

I'll be your best friend, Melinda.  

Comment by Grinning Cat on April 1, 2014 at 4:02pm

Arpan, I don't have much to add, except Welcome! (Joan's right, we really are like a herd of cats... and a few of us literally resemble that remark!)

Mindy, how wonderful to hear that you made up with your oldest friend!

(Years ago I heard a sermon about the power of forgiveness, the real kind that people give each other. If you can forgive someone, it lets you take the relationship with them from that point forward, rather than having it be defined only by the past.)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 1, 2014 at 2:10pm

Hi, Arpan.  Welcome to Atheist/Nexus and to our friendly group.  Diversity is wonderful.   As the saying goes.....variety is the spice of life. 

Comment by Arp on April 1, 2014 at 1:55pm

Thanks Idaho Spud, Patricia and Joan Denoo. I'm glad to be a part of this place.

From your comments, I find this place extremely warm and friendly. If the whole human society was like this, the human civilization would be progressing at a much faster rate. Each of us would have been able to witness much more new stuff in our short human lives than we currently do.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 1, 2014 at 1:31pm

Arpan, Exactly, we value DIVERSITY. We really are like a herd of cats, with no one able to the lead and everyone leading from their perspective. It really is a very stimulating place to participate. 

This is also a place where you can express your ideas and get feedback from others who may or may not agree with your statement. We don't do the usual name calling and put-downs. The power of feedback is it gives you a reason to rethink an issue. You may continue to think as you do and you have a strong reason to back up your thinking. 

There is no belief or faith here. There is thoughtful consideration of whatever topic in which you are interested. 

Jump in, the water's fine, the participants are thoughtful and funny. I think you will enjoy sharing your thoughts.  

Comment by sk8eycat on April 1, 2014 at 12:03pm

The Earth MOVES!  An intelligent review of a play about Copernicus


Comment by Idaho Spud on April 1, 2014 at 11:56am

Welcome Arpan. I can relate to the complication of Atheist Nexus.  It took me quite a while to find my way around.

Comment by Plinius on April 1, 2014 at 9:36am

Congrats, Mindy! It's often not possible tp patch up old friendships, but I'm glad you succeeded!

Comment by Arp on April 1, 2014 at 2:56am

Hello people, just wanted to say hi!

Actually, I find Atheist Nexus much more complicated than I thought initially with so many groups, blogs, and a vast number of members. It is such a diverse network. Reminds me of the diversity of life!


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