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Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo yesterday. 95 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius Sep 28. 8 Replies

I received a gift this morning from a virtual friend, Pamela Smith:A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :" One day an old wise teacher was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have…Continue

Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Sep 27. 5 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

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10 Things About Patriotism (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Sep 26. 2 Replies

It seems as though lately, Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is evolving into America's Best Patriot.  She has recently been taking some fairly well-aimed shots at a certain Orange Nightmare and his sycophantic hangers-on, regarding the…Continue

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A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 21. 2 Replies

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

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Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

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Comment by Ian Mason on June 9, 2014 at 11:36pm

Carl, that's a real gem. Great, mind-bending entertainment.

There should be a word for that kind of crime. Logicide? Sophicide? Believers of the "true faith" - and there are many such believers and many such faiths - are consistent in their intolerance. Education, enquiry, philosophy, libraries; any free-thinking outside their control must be destroyed. Ideas rarely die, though and come back sooner or later.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 9, 2014 at 11:21pm

Joan, thanks for sharing your gardening joy. Love your Aristocat booklover. Flying Atheist, I kept seeing the same-colored legs as pairs, despite knowing better. Agh!

I didn’t get why you bothered to cite religious philosophy from a saint, Joan. Hypatia is also honored in the naming of an academic journal of feminist philosophy.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 9, 2014 at 10:54pm

There are good reasons why the Alabama chapter of FFRF named their summer camping ground Lake Hypatia.  (It is also the home of the Atheists in Foxholes monument.)

http://ffrf.org/outreach/lake-hypatia/about-lake-hypatia

I wanted to post a photo, but....too many characters.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 9, 2014 at 10:28pm

Carl, that is so funny! Really good brain-confuser. I couldn't decide if I watched an individual, or the white and black. A great brain-tease. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 9, 2014 at 10:26pm

Loren, I know! I deliberately used non-atheist sources for my quotes. One is from 

~  Socrates Scholasticus: The Murder of Hypatia (late 4th Cent.) 

the other is from a Roman Catholic source

Saint Cyril of Alexandria

Comment by Loren Miller on June 9, 2014 at 9:34pm

And now for something completely different: Brits mocking religion:

Comment by Loren Miller on June 9, 2014 at 8:58pm

Joan, those who want to dig have probably already done that digging and KNOW.  Those who haven't or won't dig would probably accuse the first group of "persecuting christians" like a bunch of whiny third-graders and instantly go into denial.

The facts remain the facts.  The problem remains who is willing to acknowledge them.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 9, 2014 at 8:43pm

Cosmos, Season 1 Episode 13, Tyson describes the destruction of the Library of Alexandria, Egypt, as a "mob" destroyed the library. He doesn't mention who burned the library and killed Hypatia, the head of the library.

"A mob of Christians gathered, led by a reader (i.e., a minor cleric) named Peter, whom Scholasticus calls a fanatic. They kidnapped Hypatia on her way home and took her to the 'Church called Caesareum. They then completely stripped her, and then murdered her with tiles.' Socrates Scholasticus was hence interpreted as saying that, while she was still alive, Hypatia's flesh was torn off using oyster shells (tiles; the Greek word is ostrakois, which literally means 'oystershells' but the word was also used for brick tiles on the roofs of houses and for pottery sherds). Afterward, the men proceeded to mutilate her and, finally, burn her limbs. News of Hypatia's murder provoked great public denouncement, not only against Cyril, but against the whole Alexandrian Christian community. Scholasticus closes with a lament: 'Surely nothing can be farther from the spirit of Christianity than the allowance of massacres, fights, and transactions of that sort.'"

~  Socrates Scholasticus: The Murder of Hypatia (late 4th Cent.)

Saint Cyril of Alexandria, the christian theologian and bishop, argued for the relation of the divine and human within Jesus Christ; he emphasized the unity of the two in one person.

Saint Cyril of Alexandria

I am interested that Tyson did not name the mob as being the christians of the community. I guess he left it to those of us who are interested in history to reveal who the real culprits were. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 9, 2014 at 8:15pm

And now for something completely different.......

Comment by sk8eycat on June 9, 2014 at 12:16am

The little bit that I got to hear (the very end) was a recap of Carl Sagan's philosophy that we alone are responsible for the fate of our Pale Blue Dot in space.

Finest kind.

 

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