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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.

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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller 12 hours ago. 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

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

Guns: Both Sides Now (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 3. 3 Replies

Oh, NO!  The gun debate has gotten so heated that it has Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, TALKING TO HERSELF!  Apparently, one of her has had a stroke or a serious breakdown in cognitive skills, as she does little more than parrot the NRA's…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

how dogma pollutes discourse (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 3. 0 Replies

"The Lord is our God; the Lord is One." "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me." "There is no god but Allah, and Mohamed is his prophet." Assertions, taught as fact, but without any form of corroborative…Continue

Tags: dogma, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Joan Denoo on March 29, 2014 at 2:32pm

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Comment by Joan Denoo on March 28, 2014 at 10:21pm

How intriguing! Mary had twins, Jesus (Good) and Christ (Scoundrel).

I like the idea of re-telling myths. I wonder how long it will take for someone to tell the new myth and a group forms in support of that story line. Oh Jeez, then we'll have another one to refute. 

I wonder, Mother Mary was a prostitute and didn't know who the father was, and .... Oh! it's too late to imagine. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 28, 2014 at 10:13pm

While looking for something else, I found Ian Mason's comment a year ago recommending a few books.

I'll heartily second the one for Phillip Pullman's book "The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ". In this retelling, Mary has twins, Jesus, who teaches, comforts, and does good works, and Christ, who's more intent on starting a powerful institution than on recording the truth.

As Ian described it: "One of a series where established authors are commissioned to re-tell various myths. Pullman describes his book as being about 'how a story becomes a story', the distorting jump from a few simple events to a told account of them that spreads and spreads."

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 28, 2014 at 8:56pm

Napoleon, you have done it again. Just when you redeem yourself in my eyes, you invite me to look at those photos of two newborns and the video, "Viking Trance - Transfuseit" I could only tolerate if for about 10 seconds. I can't image watching for 7+ minutes. 

Comment by Steph S. on March 28, 2014 at 8:42am

I had to take that cat pic Booklover- I love it

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 27, 2014 at 9:50pm

Really good news about your daughter, Mindy. Sounds like she is on her way! Happy for you, as well. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 27, 2014 at 5:26pm

Very heavy rain and hail coming down how. Windy, wet, and cold. No gardening today, except inside. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 27, 2014 at 5:15pm

Oh Loren, you are so patient. I have a really hard time reading fiction. I read how much you enjoy it and recognize it gives ideas in ways that don't come across in the professional literature. However, I read a page, paragraph, chapter, and it is just so much blah, blah, blah. I am half way through and I will finish because that is my style. I do appreciate everyone's encouragement to get out of my closet and open up to new and different ways to enjoying life. 

I must say, This spring is especially welcome, even tough it is so crazy, unnatural. And we had that terrible landslide over on the coast with so many people still buried in the mud. The bodies come out, one by one. This morning they found the baby. The slide was compounded by recent earthquakes, very heavy rain, a deforested slope that has not grown back to hold the slope from caving. 

The way I read all this, we have used the Earth as if it is a slave to be bent to our will, and Mother Nature just does her thing, caring not one iota whether we survive or not. 

Comment by Loren Miller on March 27, 2014 at 4:54pm

Thanks for the references, Joan.  As it happens, I've been intermittently rereading Double Star over the last month or so, and I'm maybe a third of the way into it.

While I think of it, have you finished Stranger and if so, what did you think of it?

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 27, 2014 at 4:53pm

 

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