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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 February 6, 2015 at 2:20am

@Joan - nobody worries very much about a storm; we have good organizations who constantly monitor the water, the weather and the sea walls. But this country is slowly sinking, of course, because of the rising sea and the emptying gas fields in the north. The first climate change is more rain, the rivers are swollen much more often and work is in progress there to deal with the extra water.

storm pics: http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=storm+10+januari+2015&qpvt=...

Comment by sk8eycat on February 6, 2015 at 2:01am

Great story!  What a calm, sensible woman! 

Did you notice that nobody mentioned any imaginary friends till you scroll down to the comments? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 5, 2015 at 11:51am

@Chris, I just watched a news report of a storm in Norway on Jan 10 that showed houses, streets, trees, and seawalls falling into the sea. Did the Netherlands get hit by that storm? Even though you have the dikes, what problems do you experience from the change in climate?

Comment by Plinius on February 5, 2015 at 2:42am

Good info, Ian, thanks. It seems to me that at least part of the problem comes from people claiming land, a nationality and privileges because of ancestors  who could perhaps have lived in an area. I wouldn't think of doing that, even if I knew where my ancestors camped 3500 years ago. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 4, 2015 at 11:11pm

I also want to say that I think it is time we get over nationalism. After all, we all part of the planet, we have the same threats of weather, drought, famines, epidemics, natural disasters and we all can benefit by working together in a partnership way. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 4, 2015 at 11:09pm

Ian, thank you for that information. It just seems so odd to me that peopl from that area must be at least cousins. I like your statement: 

"Genetic research in most parts of the world indicates that the DNA of populations doesn't change much over millenia. It's just the dominant ruling elite that changes. The sooner people realise that, the better. Then perhaps the danger of nationalism will wither away.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 4, 2015 at 10:55pm

Chris, thanks for the solidarity. There have been a few famous non-drivers, John Entwistle for one who(!) like me, also collected tea pots.

During my trip to Israel last Spring I went to the Israel Museum and found out the following: the Hebrews were, in the "Mosaic" period, an east.Canaanite tribe living as herders in what is now Jordan. They took advantage of a power vacuum when the Hittite empire collapsed and invaded what is now Israel. The Philistines were the notorious "sea people", a bunch of pirates who ravaged the eastern Med. before settling in Gaza. They brought with them knowledge of iron working and were dominant in their little area for some years. All of this happened about 3,500 years ago, according to current archeological/historical thinking. Genetic research in most parts of the world indicates that the DNA of populations doesn't change much over millenia. It's just the dominant ruling elite that changes. The sooner people realise that, the better. Then perhaps the danger of nationalism will wither away.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 4, 2015 at 6:05pm

OK it was a joke, it seems odd to me that a senator would make a joke like that with so many around him that do not get his humor. 
The Ken Ham joke, I got. You and I were not at the place that Moses was, nor was Ken Ham at the place where Adam was. 

Comment by sk8eycat on February 4, 2015 at 5:48pm

Some of my molecules or atoms may have been there, but "Moses" was in fantasyland.  (I forgot about that part,)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 4, 2015 at 3:41pm

Yes, it was a joke, as was my quote from Ken Ham (who honestly uses that question in an attempt to dispute evolution.) 

 

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