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The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly 10 hours ago. 15 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Tuesday. 2 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

A moment to relax and see the Earth from space; some how this comforts me.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev on Sunday. 3 Replies

All the squabbles and struggles that I have do not compare with those of some others on this great planet. There are no boundary lines, no political arguments, no up or no down. What is, is. For right now, the scenes offer tranquility. Just the…Continue

Tags: and, wonder, awe, of, space

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by Plinius on Sunday. 27 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

Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 6. 2 Replies

This is a test Continue

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 29. 39 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

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Comment by Ian Mason on March 9, 2013 at 3:05pm

Joan, thanks for the Symphony of Science and Beauty of Science videos. Great stuff.

I agree with you whole-heartedly in your view of the world situation. I wonder what kind of society my daughter will live in when she's my age in 30 years time and I'm not sure it will be a better one.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 9, 2013 at 2:35pm

Yes, I've seen several documentaries with the Amazing Randi including one where he and a scientist went to France (?) to observe an experiment that claimed to prove that homeopathic water is different from other water. When observed by outsiders, the experiment failed. It's hard to trick a trickster :-)

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 9, 2013 at 2:34pm
I am happier now, too, than I was as a child and have access to many more comforts and labor saving devices than former generations. Of course, my parent's generation went from the Great Depression and didn't live long enough to see this recent decline in economics and the take over of politics by money people. Their generation observed the break-up of vast wealth and empire, and the growth of the middle class. They grew older knowing life was getting better for them and I had a brighter start in life and a promising future for me.
We live in different times now. We must scale back, there are not enough jobs for all the people needing paid labor, we have to unlink from consumerism and big banks, even as power lies with BIG. Tax rules and laws that do not provide the kinds of protections to small businesses of my parent's day make entrepreneurial effort very risky today. Protections for wage earners decline because of heavy taxes on their efforts while wealth can legally get away with not paying their share. Education for wealthy people is not at risk. Working class families find it very difficult if not impossible to fund education. Grants and loans become more difficult to find and cost more. With the growth of science and technology, formal training costs more than growing up on a farm and learning from former generations. Amazing things happen every day that require math and science education. The clever will find a way to be educated. What about those who are not clever? Will they be confined to low paying service industry jobs? Will they have opportunity to advance economically? It depends on their ability and willingness to work hard, think hard, and to be persistant. Even if they do all that, there are still not enough jobs for all those families that need jobs.
Comment by Idaho Spud on March 9, 2013 at 2:11pm

Joan, thanks for the Beauty of Science.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 9, 2013 at 2:10pm

We need to talk!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 9, 2013 at 2:03pm

I raise my cup of tea to join your toast to progress, Ian. Despite the degradation of democracy, Climate Destabilization, and takeover by the super rich, overall I'm happier with the world today than when I was a child. My mom had a wringer washer and hung everything out to dry too. At least our washing machine had hot water, though I seem to remember her filling the tub from a hose.

Hellfire and Dalmations, hahaha. Thanks Idaho Spud!

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 9, 2013 at 1:29pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 9, 2013 at 12:42pm

Ian, are you familiar with The Amazing Randi? He is a skeptic, challenger of paranormal science and pseudoscience. He is known as a debunker and he says "there is a lot of bunk".

Comment by Ian Mason on March 9, 2013 at 6:21am

Great post, Joan. There are always more questions than answers - that's one of the things that make life exciting. If that wasn't the case we would stagnate and decay.

There's one exception for me. I can't watch magicians. I'm impressed by the trick but always want to know how it's done. If there's no explanation to be had, I don't want to see the trick.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 9, 2013 at 2:37am
Chris, your story, so descriptive, tells of the very hard work of doing the laundry and that stirred memories of the smell of Purex! Thanks for your memories and reminders of dry skin and the smell of perspiration. Also, the once a week shampoo. Oh dear!

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