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What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris on Thursday. 9 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 Steph S. on May 16, 2013 at 11:23am

Joan I am wishing you the best. My thoughts are with you.

I love Alan Alda too Melinda.

I am off to the gym. Gotta get going.

Comment by Steph S. on May 16, 2013 at 11:21am

This one is funny. Of course i like them all.

Comment by Steph S. on May 16, 2013 at 11:20am

That is good news to hear sk8eycat. I am glad someone did something for you.

Comment by Steph S. on May 16, 2013 at 11:20am

that was funny booklover!! I loved it - that Lolcat made me laugh.

Flying Atheist thanks for the videos.

Comment by sk8eycat on May 16, 2013 at 10:42am

The most despicable thing that Agnes Bojaxhiu ("Mother" Teresa) did was to constantly speak out against abortion and contraception.  When she was asked why she encouraged overpopulation and famine...and people having more children than they could afford to take care of, she would always drag out that old saw that "The lord will provide."

She also seemed to believe that the suffering of the poor was "beautiful," and somehow helped the world, but nobody ever had the cojones to ask her "HOW??!"

She was brain-damaged, IMO.

Comment by Plinius on May 16, 2013 at 10:17am

And proud to belong to your team, Joan! But I'm very glad you've got such a wonderful real life team!

Sending you a wallflower from my garden.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 16, 2013 at 9:38am

I just drank 32 oz of water and am fasting, preparing for a cat scan this morning. Then no more until next week. I intend to enjoy these days away from treatments and protocols and just enjoy my fabulously beautiful, weedy garden. 

Mindy, I will be thinking of you and your mother and daughter enjoying a lovely time together. 

Thank you, each one, for your encouragement. You help keep that dark cloud from enveloping me. You are part of my team and I appreciate you. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 16, 2013 at 9:33am

Mindy, a wise man, and I too "I love Alan Alda! :)"

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 16, 2013 at 9:07am

 sk8eycat, Great news about your project to increase energy efficiency in your home. A nice happy cry clears out the old cobwebs as it gives you fresh ways to see the world. It is kind of a wet  emotional ophthorectumy: cuts the nerve between the eyeball and rectum so one doesn't have such a shitty outlook on life. 

I agree with you wholeheartedly about Hitch's book on Mother Teresa. She was brainwashed and couldn't put an end to mindbinding of religion. Perhaps her final days would have been easier for her if she had abandoned her yearning for a reciprocal Christ and turned to her own internal strengths. 

"Jesus has a very special love for you. As for me, the silence and the emptiness is so great that I look and do not see, listen and do not hear.
— Mother Teresa to the Rev. Michael Van Der Peet, September 1979"

Doubt, questioning, examining, exploring are part of what makes us human and leads us from the filth of dying people laying on cots dwithout adequate medical and hygiene care and could have move her to see the role religion plays in creating, maintaining and perpetuating such poverty. She was part of the problem. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 16, 2013 at 8:19am

Felaine, I'm glad to hear your good news.  I just bought a powerful LED light on sale, so I'm glad they gave you LED lights.  They have no mercury, don't break, are the most efficient, and can be turned off & on as much as you want without reducing their life.  Some can even be dimmed.  

That Hitchens' book sounds good.

Joan, sorry about your bad day, but glad to hear you have such good support.

 

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