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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 Idaho Spud on December 5, 2014 at 3:54pm

I was riding with my sister when she sort of froze-up.  She started sliding on a snowy road, heading toward the river, so what did she do?  Threw her hands-up in the air, and screamed, instead of trying to control the vehicle.  My bad memory doesn't tell me what happened after that, but I know we didn't end up in the river!

Since that day, I try my best never to ride with her.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 5, 2014 at 3:44pm

Joan, thanks for the offer of reading material.  I have a mountain of books here to read, so I'm set in that department. 

I'm so glad I have glasses now so I can see what's written on the page!  Having to wear glasses was completely new to me starting this past September.  I thought there was going to be a long period of adjustment but the transition has been very easy.  I'm quite used to wearing them now. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 5, 2014 at 3:27pm

I can't understand my mother's viewpoint, because I'm a lot more nervous with someone else driving than when I have control.

Whenever I've driven with her in the car, I can see how scared she is, so I reduce my speed dramatically, and drive very cautiously.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 5, 2014 at 3:24pm

Carl, I am sorry to learn what you experience. My thoughts go with you, hoping for a fast and complete recovery. Are there any reading material that you enjoy now that we can send you? Do you like sports, nature, poetry, prose? I can't think of other genres right now. You name it, we will find something.  

 

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 5, 2014 at 3:24pm

Ian, have you never driven before?  Is it because you never had a reason, or because you didn't want to?

I don't know any males here that don't drive, but some of my sister in laws didn't want to, but were forced to by their spouses, who didn't want to chauffeur them for the rest of their lives, and my mother has never driven.  She's too afraid of traffic, and dad was kind enough to not force her.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 5, 2014 at 3:13pm

Sorry for you're troubles Carl.  Hope you get better.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 5, 2014 at 3:11pm

I'm with you Mindy.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 5, 2014 at 3:09pm

Just checking in.  I've been feeling really "out of it" lately.  My energy level is very low and I'm very tired.  Despite my tiredness, I've been suffering from terrible insomnia.  My doctor just prescribed a sleep aid this week, so the last two nights I've been able to sleep soundly.  I'm on three high-blood pressure medications but my blood pressure readings are still sky high.

This has been a busy week with two doctor appointments plus a face to face interview with the Social Security Administration regarding benefits. 

This coming Monday, the 8th, I'm having umbilical hernia surgery.  The kidney transplant team wanted me to have this completed before having my kidney transplant.  The surgery will be done Monday afternoon and I'll be released from the hospital that evening barring any unforeseen circumstances.  It's not very invasive but still, I'll be under general anesthesia and have about a two week recovery period.  

I have kept up with all the goings-on here but quite honestly I haven't had the energy to be more active and engaged.  I miss my usual interaction.  

Cheers to all of you, my friends!    

    

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 5, 2014 at 2:27pm

The second article of mormon faith says " We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam's transgression.  That seems contradictory to why they think innocent children have to suffer.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 5, 2014 at 2:22pm

On second thought, if I remember right, the mormon response is, the child has done nothing, but his society has displeased god, so he must suffer, and those that caused it will have to suffer in the next life (or something like that).

A better thing to say, is why would I want to worship a being that is so heartless as to make innocent children suffer for something others have done or not done?

 

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