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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 Ian Mason on December 19, 2017 at 1:51pm

Oldest profession: the first mention of a prostitute in world literature is 'Shamhat', a temple prostitute in the 'Gilgamesh' poem. If there was a temple, there were priests. Plus, recent historical and archeological studies point to organised religion beginning at the same time as hierarchical society. Therefore, priests as paid ideological enforcers for tribal chiefs. That's my way of thinking.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 19, 2017 at 1:08pm

And the theist evil continues.

Comment by Patricia on December 19, 2017 at 12:59pm

Oh, how bloody ''kind'' of them to tell parents that bs!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 19, 2017 at 10:22am

These assholes never quit.

Catholic Bishops Urge Parents To Reject Transgender Children

  • Cruel bigotry: A new letter released by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops claims transgender identity is a “false idea.”
  • In a deplorable and immoral letter released by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and signed by a multitude of backward and ignorant religious conservatives, parents are urged to reject their transgender children and deny them appropriate medical treatment because “What God has created is good” and “‘God created mankind in his image; in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them’ (Gen 1:27).”

So much for their supposed "pro-family" stance. Why can't they just stfu and mind their own business?

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 19, 2017 at 3:47am

Ian, your quote, "The world's oldest profession? Priest." There are other claims to be the world's oldest profession than priest, but for the sake of this discussion, it fits! Priests learn how to tell lies and people follow them at their own peril. 

If there were no priests, would humankind find another instrument upon which to be dependent?

Can humans coexist with skills of communication, problem-solving,  and conflict resolution? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 19, 2017 at 3:20am

Ian, humans have the capacity to think great things...if they are able to step out of their boxes into efforts of exploration and experimentation. In my lifetime, I have seen the electrification of rural U.S., of modern health care available to people in isolated places, the education of all people to make them prepared for participation in democratic processes. 

How, then, did we get Trump?

Through the coalition of religious evangelicals. 

Is it insanity to think of creating a kind of government that bases its values on the health and welfare of Earth and living things?

Holding onto beliefs of Neolithic tribes is insane. That isn't difficult to understand. Religion can stop rational thinking. 

Some say "you can not replace something with nothing." That is foolish! 

First of all, that sentence is a double negative. 

One can empty a full cup and have nothing in the container. One can shoot a gun until there is nothing in the chamber. One can live a decent life with internal guidance with nothing to bribe or threaten.  One can enjoy his or her sexuality and not be guilty of a sin.

Where there is no sin, there is no guilt or shame. 

Where there is consciousness of self in relation to others, there can be harmony. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 19, 2017 at 2:39am

I agree, Plinius.

Comment by Plinius on December 19, 2017 at 1:42am

I love the idea of how much we share with each other, with ancestors from everywhere and I love the idea how religious people can't stand that.

Comment by Chris on December 19, 2017 at 1:25am

Thats ' quotable  Randall.

"The world's oldest profession?

Priest"

Did you read that someplace, or is it yours? Regardless its's great.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 18, 2017 at 11:17pm

The most basic religions have been nature and ancestor-worship based. As human societies have changed, these have been codified and converted to reinforce power structures, creating the 'invisible policemen' needed to control the populace. The world's oldest profession? Priest.

 

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