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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 Joan Denoo on May 15, 2018 at 5:10am

I enjoyed Rome because of the memories of historical events as I stood on the spot where they occurred. I stood on the spot where a  Pope was slaughtered when discovered to be a mother. Just think of it, Pope Joan lived and worked as a POPE! The officials destroyed her images and references and pretended there was never a woman pope. 

Have you ever heard of a woman pope?

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 14, 2018 at 11:32pm

Great picture! Thanks, Ian. Nice smile, too.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 13, 2018 at 12:53pm

I also devoured Mad in my schooldays and still have a tattered selection of its paperbacks on my shelf, mostly Don Martin.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 13, 2018 at 12:49pm

I'm an alcoholic, Randall so I don't drink.

I didn't mean to sound so negative about Rome. There are a lot of things wrong but that can be said about many of the world's big cities. If you like history and art it's a great place. The people are kind and friendly for the most part too.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 13, 2018 at 11:52am

Great article on Mad mag.

Mad Magazine's Clout May Have Faded -- But Its Ethos Matters More than Ever Before


The magazine taught its readers to never swallow what they’re served.

[Alternet]

  • Teaching its adolescent readers that governments lie – and only suckers fall for hucksters – Mad implicitly and explicitly subverted the sunny optimism of the Eisenhower and Kennedy years. Its writers and artists poked fun at everyone and everything that claimed a monopoly on truth and virtue.
Comment by Randall Smith on May 13, 2018 at 7:22am

Ian, your food plate looks very "Italian". A glass of water, not wine??

Rome doesn't sound very appealing to visit. Perhaps I'll scratch it from my bucket list. It was near the bottom anyway.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 12, 2018 at 10:56pm

Home again, replete with history, art and good food.

Joan, the Roman Empire and its Caesars were very violent and oppressive. Even the famous philosopher/emperor Marcus Aurelius saw nothing wrong with slavery and waging war on 'barbarians'. Caracalla was probably one of the worse examples and the edict concerning citizenship was probably because of a need for more men eligible for military service.

Modern Rome seems also to be in decline. Last week a bus exploded and burnt out due to a short circuit, the tenth such incident this year! No-one hurt, thankfully. Also, due to climate change and increased rain, sink-holes appear in some areas at the rate of two per week. The city and its infrastructure is basically run down and no-one seems to be able to reform or remove the sluggish and corrupt bureaucracy.

Finally, me and a pollo alla romana, which is something they can do really well.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 12, 2018 at 10:05am

Interesting photos, Ian.  I like the parks better than the statues.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 11, 2018 at 11:37pm

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Comment by Joan Denoo on May 11, 2018 at 11:35pm

Ian, thank you for the stimulation to visit these ancient haunts and a person of that era. 

 

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