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Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by k.h. ky 9 hours ago. 18 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat yesterday. 11 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Monday. 24 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 14. 91 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Wedding Haka - Subtitled & translated

Started by Joan Denoo Aug 13. 0 Replies

I ran across a video of a wedding in which a group of wedding guests celebrated with a performance of a traditional Māori ancestral war dance, called a Haka. It was intended for sons, however, the women have joined in a participation of…Continue

Tags: new, traditions., women, men, Haka

Onward (Unpaid) Christian Soldiers (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 13. 1 Reply

Proselytizing in the military is a dirty little secret most radical christians would rather didn't get out.  Well, never let it be said that America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, was ever a wallflower where a pit bull was needed!  In the following…Continue

Tags: Military Religious Freedom Foundation, MRFF, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 3, 2016 at 8:31pm

Donald, I'm just reading your book. Not only would all the food for the animals on the ark have been problematic, but as Grinning Cat's pointed out earlier, all the poop would have been a bit of a problem as well. Oh, wait, they compacted it and turned it into the original Bible.

Comment by Donald L. Engel on February 3, 2016 at 8:22pm

Well Noah got screwed because Utnapishtim and his wife got immortality.  Noah only got 950 years.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 3, 2016 at 2:05pm

Most Xtians and Jews take the Gilgamesh flood as proof of the Noah story, just in a distorted version.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 3, 2016 at 1:59pm

A bit late, but yes, Joan, it has been windy the last few days. Bridges have been closed and the west coast has had a few problems; a supply tender for the oil rigs has turned turtle and might leak diesel. Otherwise we're unscathed.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 3, 2016 at 12:13pm

Why won't God stop the spread of Zita virus?

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 3, 2016 at 8:36am
Comment by Donald L. Engel on February 3, 2016 at 1:33am

I know, they didn't work for me either.   LOL  I was just trying to point out a way to spread the word, and get to people who have no idea of what's out there. 

If we leave a paper on a café table that says, "google Utnapishtim" someone will google it.

And better yet, if we leave a paper on the table with all those googles listed below, we might reach a few people, and they will spread the word to their friends.  Especially the young ones.

If everyone on AN did this around the world, think of the impact!!

And we could add other google sights as we think of them.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 3, 2016 at 12:51am

Don, the links didn't work for me. I used these: 

"Utnapishtim"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utnapishtim

“The Preserver of Life”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Preserver_of_Life 

 "Ur Namu code" laws #18 and #22

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Code_of_Ur-Nammu

"Hammurabi code" laws #196 and #200

https://prezi.com/wlg2phvzvdmr/hammurabis-code-195205/

Exodus 21:23-25

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus%2021:23-25 

It seems The Old Testament borrowed from ancient sources ... and continues to borrow from whatever culture religions encounter. 

Jeez! I ask believers if they willingly follow the teachings of the Bronze Age goat herders? 

Bronze Age is dates about 4500-500 BCE

Gilgamesh is dated about 2800-2500 BCE

Old Testament is dated about 1445-400 BCE 

 

Of course, it would make no difference to those who put faith in their holy scriptures. I guess the Bible is a "living document" changing with the times. 

Comment by Donald L. Engel on February 2, 2016 at 9:56pm

I just had an idea on how to get more people to look into the fallacies of Christianity.  Lay pieces of paper around with Google subjects.  Such as:

Google "Utnapishtim"

 

Google "The Preserver of Life"

 

Google "Ur Namu code" laws #18 and #22

 

Google "Hammurabi code" laws #196 and #200

 

Google Exodus 21:23-25

It should get some people to thinking on their own.

Comment by Randall Smith on January 30, 2016 at 7:34am

Pizza night. I've invited my "kids" over to partake. I'll be spending much of the day cleaning house, esp. the kitchen. Having "company" over is a good excuse to do a thorough cleaning.             We'll celebrate, if you will, my son-in-law's decision and fait accompli to have a vasectomy two days ago. He's 40 with three children (and a great father). I have empathy since I had one after 4 kids. 

 

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