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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 31, 2017 at 1:46pm

I enjoy singing, but know too many religious songs.  I find myself singing some of them about xmas this year, and get disgusted when I reach the religious parts.

Example: "In the meadow we will build a snowman, and pretend that he is parson brown.  He'll say are you married....."  

I spend a few minutes wondering if I could change it to make it more enjoyable.  Didn't come up with anything great, but thought perhaps this:  "....and pretend that he is AronRa.  He'll say understand evolution?  We'll say yes we do, thanks to you."

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 31, 2017 at 1:17pm

Happy new year everyone.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 31, 2017 at 4:24am

Yes, I understand there are "billions" of splendid music styles that one can enjoy; I mean music that celebrates non-belief to match music that celebrates belief. 

Music of the Bells 

The sounds elicit astounding, sumptuous, pleasing, magnificent, strange, and jubilant emotions. Perhaps the origin comes from some ancient, primitive, pre-Jewish, pre-Christian, pre-Muslim melody. The composition evokes a haunting, primordial, mysteries, and splendid excitement. The piece communicates rejoicing and harmony.

The music does all this without a single mention of Yahweh, or God, or Jesus, or Muhammad, or any other religious expression.

Comment by Patricia on December 31, 2017 at 2:31am

Yes, billions of music styles to choose from, don't need the religious stuff. I played soft, quiet classical music during the solstice.

Comment by Plinius on December 31, 2017 at 1:02am

There's so much magnificent music without religious connotations! Take your pick from classical and modern music from around the world, from folk songs, anything. The one thing for people who grew up with reli music is that you have to get used to something new.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 31, 2017 at 12:30am

So many splendid melodies come from composers who believe in God, Jesus, and the myths of the ancients. 

This piece certainly gets the blood moving, and if we did not know it was a religious composition performed by religious people, it would be a blockbuster. From whence comes the magnificent music of the non-believer? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 30, 2017 at 11:59pm

Question: does anyone know of first-class musicians, gathered in a common purpose of celebrating life and Earth and of being alive, healthy and at peace?


Comment by Patricia on December 30, 2017 at 2:35pm

We, & the neighours have snow blowers for the majority of the clearing Joan. Shoveling is mostly for the ''fine tuning''.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 30, 2017 at 2:31pm

Chris, The ancient myths, pre-Jewish, Christian, Muslim, interest me, as well. The echo of their stories remind me Homo sapiens had imaginations that informed them in the only ways they could know. They also evoke feelings of gratitude that I live in an Age of Enlightenment evolving into science. If only behavioral science were as enlightened as physical science. 

Loren, first-class musicians, gathered in a common purpose of celebrating life and Earth and of being alive, healthy and at peace, give me goosebumps. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 30, 2017 at 2:20pm

Ian, your news of Denmark running on 100% wind power over Xmas is good indeed, even with the qualifiers. I loved your Elf-help Group!

Chris, I agree, enjoy the fine meal prepared by excellent church members. Some of the best cooks in the world come out of religious communities, maybe not the fanciest, but the best tasting. 

Loren, thanks for the lead to Seth Andrews' piece; I know it will be worth the time to see it. 

Randy! Maybe the TV media gets the message that not all watchers are religious; I would like it if media also realized that not all watchers are sports fans. Oh well, I gave my TV set away years ago and don't miss it a bit. 

Patricia, the snow shoveling looks like a job I gladly give to others. 

Plinius, Help! a meter = about 40 inches!


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