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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 sk8eycat on December 6, 2014 at 3:40pm

Good thing you reported it...it reads like spam. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 6, 2014 at 1:01am

Felaine, don't you have access to free cancer screening either? Have you checked with your local cancer society to learn what screenings are available? 

At Cancer Care Northwest, not all cancer patients can pay for their treatments. There is a fund from which people can draw if they have a positive diagnosis and need care. I am now working to raise funds for that project.  

A study in the Netherlands found: 

"The researchers found that new cases of early-stage breast cancer among 70- to 75-year-olds rose sharply after national screening was introduced, from 248.7 to 362.9 per 100,000 women."

Risks of Breast Cancer Screening in Women 70-Plus

Comment by sk8eycat on December 5, 2014 at 10:21pm

What's a cancer check up?

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 5, 2014 at 10:04pm

Kevin Carter fell prey to feelings of helplessness, hopelessness and depression. Human suffering caused by human action continues. In order to gain victory over depression, we need to work at keeping our spirits up. We are not helpless victims. We can take action to predict and control, to some degree, what happens to us. 

One way is to do what Patricia, Carl, Felaine, Mindy, Daniel and the rest of us are doing, preventive checkups. By the way, have you had your cancer check up this year? 

Between 1500 and 1800 A.D. the average lifespan was 30 to 40 years. Today's life expectancy is 75 + years. This was not because we prayed harder, it was because we understand hygiene and because of medical advances through research. We are lucky to be alive, as Richard Dawkins claims, and we are fortunate to live in a country that respects modern science. For those who don't respect it, well, too bad for them. Education would help them too. 

Even as it is easy to become discouraged, it is hard to stay positive and pro-active. Waking up to a new day with gratitude, taking on each challenge with determination, loving, caring and with compassion for life and living, we make each day count. Life is precious. We have all that it takes to meet our challenges with poise. We exist as social animals, needing and giving a sense of community to and with each other. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 5, 2014 at 9:35pm

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 5, 2014 at 9:22pm

Patricia and Joan, I agree.  As gruesome and excruciatingly horrible some images are to look at, it's utterly important for the betterment of humanity to know about and to see the grossly inhumane and unjust conditions of our fellow peoples.  For one to say that such images are too disgusting to view is to be part of the problem.  We should not be immune to their suffering.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 5, 2014 at 8:28pm

Patricia, I am glad you keep tract of the progress of your eyes. Like cancer, other diseases can come from out of nowhere and catch us off guard.

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 5, 2014 at 8:26pm

Patricia, I agree that the photos revealing reality must be posted, often and as many as it takes to wake people up. I hesitated about showing some of the other photos Kevin took, but here goes: 

Comment by sk8eycat on December 5, 2014 at 7:02pm

Patricia, always go to Charity Navigator before donating money to any org.  Of course in the US, churches don't have to file anything with the IRS detailing how much they take in, and what they spend it on....but all other non-profits DO.  That's where Navigator gets its info, and posts it online.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 5, 2014 at 6:51pm

Patricia, sorry to learn of your progressing macular degeneration. What are your presenting symptoms? Were you aware of it before you saw your ophthalmologist? So many eye conditions have no feeling associated with them and much damage can occur before one goes in for a checkup.  

Cataracts are one example of pain-free progression. There is usually sight loss before a person notices something might be changing. Glaucoma has the same painless progression, usually. 

Dame Judi Dench Among Millions With Macular Degeneration

 

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