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Picture yourself spending some time with congenial friends, sharing your lives and pictures from your cell phones." They're curious about that cool game, song, movie, camping trip, art show, or other event that fascinated you. You talk about all kinds of stuff, poetry, styles, personal achievements, relationships, and bad days. You can share your inner child, and laugh together. They sympathetically listen to your feelings about serious topics like politics or climate change, even when they don't agree.

Personal validation comes from paying attention to one another, giving more than you get. Everyone respects you and themselves, despite our amazing range of personal tastes and interests. They'll tell you they don't agree with an idea or behavior without implying you're a bad person or somehow deficient. It's an "I'm OK, You're OK" kind of fellowship, where nobody tries to make himself look better by picking on somebody else.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

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What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat yesterday. 10 Replies

Long story short, it's those near misses, the almost-but-not-quite, close but no cheroot moments, or, would you believe ... Near Death Experiences!  So what's the big deal?  Betty Bowers, America's BEST Christian and self-proclaimed expert on such…Continue

Tags: Near Death Experiences, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

degrading love — part one (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 22. 11 Replies

Love is by many considered among the highest of positive emotions.  Yet when love of the type offered by deities is examined, something seems to go seriously wrong.  The love of Yahweh seems less a gift than a demand, not so much beneficence as a…Continue

Tags: TheraminTrees, god, love

Ning, Error 500s, and Whether to Migrate

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 13. 47 Replies

I just got the following notice from Ning yesterday, (31 October, 2016), in the wake of this latest website outage:As some of you may be aware, we experienced a system outage earlier this morning. The cause was due to a specific network…Continue

Tags: downtime, Atheist Nexus, Ning

Introducing Douglas Murray

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 7. 4 Replies

Most of us who have been around atheism for a while know the heavyweights of our ilk.  Names like Hitchens, Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, Dillahunty and AronRa get nearly daily mention in posts and discussions on Atheist Nexus.  One name I was…Continue

Tags: Agatan Foundation, Douglas Murray

If There's a God - She's a Woman - The Author T

Started by Joe. Last reply by Chris Nov 3. 4 Replies

I came across this story and thought some here might find it interesting and humorous.It’s titled:If There’s a GodShe’s a WomanFrom the Series:Things You Can Learn from a VaginaIts on the website TheAuthorT.com under the tab, “Free to Read…Continue

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by k.h. ky Oct 30. 35 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

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Comment by Joan Denoo on August 21, 2016 at 3:01pm

Carl, given that this is the best it is going to get for you, and because you have no control over the natural processes of your body, the only thing that can improve or get healthy is what you already have, a positive outlook on life and a celebration of what you do have. I support you in that, even as I acknowledge down times do occur, emotionally. We offer a place to unwind, to feel weak and strong, out of control and in control, discouraged and encouraged, alone and in a community. Whatever you feel, we stand with you. 

As for myself, I can say with full honesty I love you as I love my children. You are the age of my three children and my heartstrings reach to you. I know you have a strong family who supports you and you have the friends we share here. You are never alone.

Comment by Qiana-Maieev on August 21, 2016 at 1:40pm

Sounds great Loren!

We attended a wedding in a beautiful English garden style patio, performed by a marriage commissioner. (Canada)

It was small and intimate, and we all stood surrounding the bride, groom, attendants, photographer, and commissioner, then went to the reception. No gods invited, or crashed.

It was the loveliest wedding we'd ever been to. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 21, 2016 at 8:31am

A lot more demand for godless weddings is good news.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 21, 2016 at 7:21am

Unitarian (Universalists) weddings are usually non-religious. At least my second one was. I wonder if that sect is declining in attendance like most of the rest. Look it up, Joan! (Our researcher)

Comment by Loren Miller on August 21, 2016 at 7:13am

One of my wife's sons got married yesterday in an outdoor ceremony.  As I listened to the celebrant, I couldn't escape the feeling that something was very different here, and I was in no ways mistaken.  He was a secular celebrant ... And an Atheist!!!

Talking with him afterward, he told me that he's seeing a LOT more demand for godless weddings of late.  He's done around 10 himself and expects to do many more.  I'd call that a cause for celebration!

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 21, 2016 at 6:39am

Kathy, that's the way it is here:  "It's really hard for me to have find anything to discuss with them."  That applies to my family as well.

Sad.

Comment by k.h. ky on August 20, 2016 at 3:50pm
Daniel, I feel more at home in this group than around the people I live around. Most are not curious about any aspect of life that doesn't involve them outside this tiny community.
Ninety-nine % are white. Almost all believe in god and the whole spiel. It's really hard for me to have find anything to discuss with them.
Comment by Plinius on August 20, 2016 at 3:36pm

As if they can't handle the fact that you accept your condition!

Comment by Qiana-Maieev on August 20, 2016 at 3:17pm

An insult to the medical profession.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 20, 2016 at 2:59pm

Grinning Cat, your 'tumor' meme reminds me of the following conversation  I had about two weeks ago when I ran into my upstairs neighbor.

Him:  How are you doing Carl?

Me:  I'm doing OK.  Hanging in there.

Him:  Getting better?

Me:  Well, actually the way I am now is the best I'm going to be.

Him:  No.  You'll get better.

Me:  No.  In fact my muscle condition will deteriorate very slowly over time.  The way I am now is the best I'm going to be.

Him:  Well, that's what doctor's say.  There's always God.

Absolutely maddening!  I'm left speechless by such ignorant statements.  It makes me angry and laugh in contempt at the same time. 

 

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