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Steven Weinberg on his anti-theism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller yesterday. 4 Replies

I like the sound of Steven Weinberg's voice. He has a calming impact on me as I rush to get my home of 41 years ready to sell and plan and put into motion the new garden at my daughter's home. My home is full o empty boxed quickly filling with the…Continue

Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Jul 23. 3 Replies

Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

Tags: ripoff, Goodwill Industries, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Jul 10. 12 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

losing faith (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jul 5. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees has recently begun producing a new series of YouTube videos, which added to a wonderful library of earlier observations regarding his experience of religion. Good as all those pieces are, I personally think they pale against this…Continue

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

Betty Explains Religious Freedom (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 3. 10 Replies

Well, considering all the RFRA bills popping up all over the United States, plus all the fun and games ISIS is bringing to the good folks in Syria and Iraq, Betty Bowers, the epitome of well-dressed christianity, has decided to clarify the true…Continue

Tags: persecution, ISIS, Religious Freedom, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 6. 82 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

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Comment by Steph S. on March 25, 2013 at 6:48pm
Oh cool - Melinda I love Star Trek and I love the Vulcan death grip picture! Awesome!
Comment by Steph S. on March 25, 2013 at 6:47pm
Wow - snow Melinda and in spring time too. It's chilly here - got to freezing temperatures last night - but no snow.
I love that dog and cat photo Melinda! Flying Atheist thanks for the music. I can't wait until it warms up and I can go and do things outside. I love to hike and be in nature. So how is everyone?
Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 25, 2013 at 5:36pm

Patrica, since I don't have any cats, I would LOVE to visit a coffee shop filled with cats.  What fun! 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 25, 2013 at 4:46pm

Thanks for the book recommendations, Ian.  Sounds like some very interesting and varied topics.  I haven't read The Scarlet Letter since I was probably 15 years old.  I should really reread it. 

I purchased eight books on-line that just arrived a few days ago.  I have a LOT of reading ahead of me.

Stephen Greenblatt:  "The Swerve.  How the World Became Modern".

Susan Jocoby:  "The Great Agnostic.  Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought".

Bart Ehrman:  "Lost Christianities.  The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew". 

Oliver Sacks:  "Hallucinations".

Guy P. Harrison:  "Race and Reality.  What Everyone Should Know About Our Biological Diversity".

Adam Hochschild:  "King Leopold's Ghost.  A Story Of Greed, Terror, and Heroism In Colonial Africa".  (Recommended by Sentient Biped, one of our fellow A/N members.)

Steven Pinker:  "The Blank Slate.  The Modern Denial Of Human Nature".

Carol Tavris & Elliot Aronson:  "Mistakes Were Made (but not by me).  Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, And Hurtful Acts". 

Comment by Ian Mason on March 25, 2013 at 4:14pm

Longing for Spring, I am. I love running on forest paths when the first green buds are bursting and the anemones are flowering.

However, Winter has caused an attack of reading. I can recommend:

Carsten Jensen: "We, the drowned", the story of a maritime town in Denmark from mid-1800s to mid 1900s. War, peace, the transition from sail to steam etc. and their effects on everyday life. Written by a journalist, the language is uncomplicated (except for a some nautical terminology) but very moving.

Phillip Pullman: "The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ". One of a series where established authors are commissioned to re-tell various myths. Pullman describes his book as being about "how a story becomes a story", the distorting jump from a few simple events to a told account of them that spreads and spreads.

An oldie, Nathaniel Hawthorne, "The Scarlet Letter". Love and lust, religion and revenge among the Puritans.

Now reading "Gangland", the story of the London criminal underworld from 1880 to 1990. The "Good Old Days" weren't really that good and there were always places where it wasn't safe to walk the streets at night.

Also listening to a little Bach before bedtime. This is a very good thing that I can also recommend.

See you tomorrow, one and all. Sleep well and sweet deams.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 25, 2013 at 2:44pm

This has been an especially fine morning hanging with friends, and I have to get to some chores. I look forward to having a conversation with you later this afternoon. This is a beautiful day, sunny, cold and a 27 degree F low last night. My ground continues to be too chilly for gardening.
it's a wonderful world - Louis Armstrong 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 25, 2013 at 2:19pm

"A café in Budapest offers customers the chance to relax and play with cats while sipping their coffee or tea. The owner says she thinks it helps take the stress out of a typical day and creates a more homey atmosphere."

Reuters news video

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 25, 2013 at 12:35pm

Melinda, I just discovered that Wikipedia has the entire Four Seasons available to listen to in each of its separate movements under the 'media' section:

Wikipedia: Vivaldi's Four Seasons

For me, what makes the Four Seasons so enjoyable is also reading the four sonnets, possibly written by Vivaldi himself, that accompany and explain the musical 'meaning' of each Season.  

Wikipedia: The Four Seasons Sonnets 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 25, 2013 at 11:38am

Sorry you woke up to snow, Melinda.  Enough to shovel?  Wow!  There's not a single flake on the ground here.  I'm also looking forward to more Spring-like weather.  I always feel more energized in the Spring.....and also in the Fall when the cooler days kick in.  I think Fall is my favorite time of year.  Not too hot and not too cold.....and beautiful changing colors.  For me personally, I enjoy the mysterious expectation in the air as the days become shorter and the nights longer and darker as I ready myself with comfort food and the warmth of cocooning indoors.  A few thousand years ago I think I would have made a GREAT Pagan.  I love celebrating the distinct seasons......and Vivaldi's Four Seasons is absolutely one of my favorite musical compositions.  It's very musically poetic.    

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 25, 2013 at 10:39am

Thanks Flying A, it got my toes tapping.  That's a unique musical number.

 

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