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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 Randall Smith on December 25, 2017 at 7:21am

Indeed, it IS a white Xmas! Cold, but beautiful. Neither Santa nor God made their presence known overnight. Only my dog.

Belief or not, Merry Christmas all my fellow atheists here at A/N.

Comment by Patricia on December 24, 2017 at 3:43pm

Yes, but then its not ''force''.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 24, 2017 at 3:42pm

Emotional pressure from family can be very strong. Sometimes it's easier to play along.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98dp_-o6QpU&feature=share

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 24, 2017 at 2:01pm

"Forced" is a tricky word. Surely one knows when he or she reaches the age of maturity, it was 21, now 18, that an individual seldom is forced to do anything. The internal forces don't come from laws but from traditions. Not wanting to hurt Mom, Pop, Grandma, and Grandpa, a person will choose to give up authority and accept the authority of those elders in our families. 

Many women give up, not only their family name but their sense of being responsible for their happiness and well-being, to their detriment. 

Muslim and some other religious females give up any notion of self-authority or internal motivation and pay heavy physical and mental prices for disobeying.

If a culture demands submission, males and females adhere to that imperative.  

Living in the U.S. we have no such legal requirement to submit to the authority of ancestors or traditions but are required to adhere to laws that maintain social order within a framework of freedoms. 

A choice as a freedom lies within the minds of individuals even as we all pay a penalty for violating laws created for a common good. 

Comment by Patricia on December 24, 2017 at 1:05pm

40 years old?

Forced?

No comment.

Comment by Plinius on December 24, 2017 at 9:41am

Good luck! Losing your religion is not so difficult, but losing your family is painful, so I hope you can keep the contact.

Comment by Dr. Ernest Williamson III on December 24, 2017 at 9:07am

well everyone, i'm being forced to go to church today by my parents; i'm 40 years old by the way! Atheists and agnostics are still bound by majority rule in many respects; wish me luck!

Comment by Randall Smith on December 24, 2017 at 7:02am

Bare ground at this moment, but I see flurries beginning. We're looking at a potential 3-6" today. A white Christmas after all. It won't affect me--I'm not going anywhere.

Comment by Plinius on December 23, 2017 at 11:58pm

Looks good, Loren! We had a few days of snow in November, but December has been wet and far over freezing point.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 23, 2017 at 2:34pm

Thanks for the Freburg, Carl. He's very witty and sharp.

 

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