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The Burial Waltz

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François Apr 26. 4 Replies

Hi everyone,It was almost a half-century ago, at age 15 or so, that I encountered one of the more important influences in my life: a crazy group of poets/musicians who called themselves The Fugs.They had a huge impact on me in that, though raised in…Continue

Some William Blake to Ponder

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François Apr 25. 6 Replies

Hello all,I'm new here, and so hope this isn't old hat. But, I just had to point you toward a marvelous poem by William Blake in case you've never read it. Despite his sometimes heavily tinged biblical references in his other art and poetry, this…Continue

God's Not Dead - The Christian Persecution Complex (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Annie Willis Apr 20. 7 Replies

Doubtless most if not all of you have heard about that sorry piece of cinema known as God's Not Dead, and perhaps its sequel, cleverly entitled: God's Not Dead 2 (wow, how original!).  Personally, I have wasted neither time nor money on either,…Continue

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Confirmed: flagged by religious people for "bullying."

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Apr 19. 4 Replies

According to Seth Andrews @SethAndrewsTTA  Apr 16"Confirmed. TTA was flagged by religious people for "bullying." Apparently, criticism and skepticism = persecution. #GodHatesFacts"Others reported as "Flagged" and taken off line: @The Thinking…Continue

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The Value of Atheist Nexus ... and of Keeping Contact

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 17. 13 Replies

I don't know about you, but the last 24+ hours were VERY uncomfortable for me.  Why?  Because something I value a LOT, being Atheist Nexus and the people I care about on A|N were temporarily unavailable to me.  No, we're not Facebook; I don't think…Continue

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Atheist Pig STRIKES AGAIN!!!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Apr 5. 1 Reply

There's no getting around it, Atheist Pig is fast becoming my fave secular comic, and as evidence, I refer you to the following.  Jesus and Mo had better watch their respective asses, 'cuz they got a porker coming up on the outside, and I'm pretty…Continue

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Comment by Loren Miller on August 31, 2015 at 12:54pm

Hex, it's not that one of you is smarter than the other; it's that one of you is open to new information.  She's been told that being open like that is an invitation to hell. 

Questioning the bible should be no different than questioning any other source: either it has the goods or it doesn't.  It doesn't get a free pass just because it's the bible and it doesn't get to prove itself with itself.  Evidence talks; bullshit walks.

Comment by Hex5 on August 31, 2015 at 12:35pm
I presented a small book of facts. Her reply was how dar you question god. Tgen i tore apart the bible i tore apart noahs ark on every level which is a few pages by itself then the resurection then revelations i also tore apart genisis i did it in the most logical easy to comprehend way possible. Her responce why do you question the bible why cant you believe it. She asked that after i pointed out all the problems with the bible. Finaly i gave up im like your a lemur. I cannot help you because you are a lemur. Just quit trying to comvert me im an ape your a lemur im smarter than you are
Comment by Loren Miller on August 31, 2015 at 12:26pm

Hex, there are people like that all over the place.  In one memorable episode of The Atheist Experience, Matt Dillahunty spoke of a young teen who had emailed in, terrified of questioning his/her faith for fear of becoming a heretic.  These are people who value a hallucination over reality.

Ask your friend of facts are more important to her than faith, and if faith takes priority, ask her why she looks both ways before she crosses the street!

Comment by Hex5 on August 31, 2015 at 12:16pm
The person i hate arguing with the most in a way is myself im extremely bullheaded and i have a problem in that it is very hard for me to walk away from an argument. I just got done arguing with an idiot. It was like talking to a tree. Check this out i brought up many many subjects i had studied. Biology chemistry psychology ect ect the list goes on forever. Im like learning these things these subjects discreadited the idea of a god more and more. At this point im 96% sure there is no god and ig there is it is a deistic one. You know how they responded. This was a 15 year old girl. She said i droped out of school and i refuse to learn anything els because if i learn something it might jeprodise my faith in god.... Im like WTF! I did not know stupid existed on this level. Evolution ....i dident work for everyone
Comment by Plinius on August 31, 2015 at 11:20am

Congrats, Randall! Miraculous to me: I couldn't hit a barn!

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 31, 2015 at 6:54am

Hex5, maybe you had a good influence on him.  I enjoy reading experiences and reports from fellow atheists that can still stand to enter churches, talk with theists, and watch debates.  I can't stand to do those things anymore, so I rely on you that can to keep me up-to-date.

Randall, a hole-in-one must be a good feeling.  I've never played golf.  Just batted the ball around once at a tiny beginners course.  It didn't have any long drives.  I could enjoy the game if I had the money, and the time.  There's just so many things I like to do, some never get done.

I came across this picture some time ago, and had to ask "Why so many crosses?"  She must be well and thoroughly indoctrinated.  Perhaps also desperate.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 30, 2015 at 10:18pm

Interesting, Hex5.

Congrats, Randall.

Hope y'all had a good weekend.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 30, 2015 at 3:37pm

Hex5, I truly enjoy a conversation with a believer in supernatural powers if they ask questions without hate in their eyes and if they answer my questions without being defensive. Sharing "This is how I see my world" makes for interesting conversations. 

Randy, you deserve to brag or to describe your experiences. I enjoy your comments even if I am not a golfer or a walker. Your hole in one sounds impressive to me even as I have never tried such an accomplishment. 

Comment by Ian Mason on August 30, 2015 at 2:55pm

Nice, Hex. Not all believers are fanatics, fortunately.

Well done, Randall. It's good to feel that effort is rewarded. Pat on the back.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 30, 2015 at 2:44pm

Congrats, Randall - nice going!

 

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