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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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Degrees of Doubt: The Claims and Credentials of Ravi Zacharias (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris May 17. 1 Reply

Anyone here ever run onto an apologist by the name of Ravi Zacharias?  I've seen his name dropped multiple times on YouTube as supposedly being THE ONE APOLOGIST that no atheist wants to cross swords with, because of his facility with christian…Continue

Tags: Ravi Zacharias, Steve Baughman, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S Apr 19. 7 Replies

Before Aron Ra and Matt Dillahunty, before Dawkins or Dennett or Harris or even Hitchens, there was Madalyn Murray O'Hair.  In the midst of an America where Christianity was being flaunted as a defense against the godless communists of the Soviet…Continue

Tags: Frank Zindler, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Todd Williams Apr 12. 16 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

attacking ideas (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 1 Reply

Attacking ideas is a considerable portion of what we as atheists do.  Why attack ideas?  Ideas earn attack when they don't serve people, not just us but those who adopt said ideas, mistakenly thinking that they have value when they don't.  Our…Continue

Tags: ideas, Islam, TheraminTrees

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 40 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Mar 28. 16 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

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Comment by Steph S. on June 25, 2013 at 11:33am

Well I had my test yesterday. I am so behind on here. I keep trying to catch up. Professor is giving us lots of projects and work to do.

I hope everyone is doing OK.

Comment by Ian Mason on June 24, 2013 at 9:27pm

I bought it used, Patricia. I have managed to work out what must have happened but still annoying.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 7:22pm

Patricia, I understand not everyone is interested in a daily dose of this kind of stuff. 

Comment by Ian Mason on June 24, 2013 at 3:10pm

DAMN AND BLAST! Was enjoying a novel (Making History by Stephen Fry) when I discovered that there's a section of 50 pages missing and a section of 50 pages twice. Right in the middle of the book, the crux, the turning point of the story. Obviously a cock-up at the binders and very frustrating.

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 24, 2013 at 9:11am

Calvin has a point, Ian! (Throughout Calvin and Hobbes, he certainly exuberantly relishes the moment!)

"Suppose this is all we get" is addressed beautifully in Why Won't God Heal Amputees -- Chapter 28 is a good starting point for those who don't need to be convinced that God is imaginary and death is real.

The author also sees the prospect of churches minus delusion as a good thing, at the end of Chapter 30:

Having recognized that God is imaginary, what happens to churches? [...] They continue to exist because they perform a useful function. [...] communities of people who enjoy each others' company, who help one another in times of need, and who focus on goodness and good deeds for the benefit of society as a whole. What's not to like about that?

A few "unchurches" like this already exist, including the "atheist church" in London, and Humanistic Jewish and Ethical Culture groups. (Too bad the word "synagogue" already has a theistic meaning: even though etymology doesn't fix the meanings of words, I'd rather have a positive word from "bringing people together" than a negative definition from "not the house of the Lord".)

Comment by Ian Mason on June 24, 2013 at 7:35am

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 2:56am

Patricia, I have been spending a lot of time on "Politics, Economics and Religion". You might want to take a peak, but it is not a place to go for fun and games. I focus on issues of importance to me. It is not a very popular site, but I don't care, I just want to have my say. 

I come here to refresh and renew. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 2:52am

You probably have heard of the Banshee, the old Irish scream that comes out of the night that foretells an eminent death. Banshee and Sheelanagig have the same root word. 

Banshee 

Sheelanagig

The Sheelanagig celebrates woman's sensuality. That is what May Day is all about, a gigantic sex orgy. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 2:48am
Oh Ruth, you should have been on the trip with feminists to Ireland, looking for ancient goddess sites. The Paps were really interesting when connected to the stories Padraigin McGillicuddy told in her Gaelic accent. We did a bit of the old Irish dancing and singing, learned a few ancient songs.
We found an ancient Shelanagig carving on a very very old ... temple isn't the correct word, but a building used during the days of Leprechauns and fairy circles. When Patrick came to Ireland he had all the Shelanagig's destroyed. He saw them as obscene, I guess. They were just a primitive people expressing their appreciation for the finer things of life. As so often happens, one spiritual faith destroys any remnant of an earlier faith.
Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 2:30am
Angela, what a nice trip you describe. Flying with your daughter must give some kind of thrill, maybe a bit of anxiety? Love the serendipity of bread and jam.
 

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