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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller on Thursday. 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 Plinius on December 30, 2013 at 12:52am

I love the item about DNA, Ian. But the real fundies among them would die first than admit it.

I always looked at the Noah's Ark story as a blow-up of a local thing. Bronze Age farmers didn't travel very far - so if your small valley flooded and you escaped with the family, the goats and a few chickens on a raft...

Comment by Ian Mason on December 30, 2013 at 12:25am

Looks like a good book, SST. As far as I understand things the Hebrews were nomadic herders who wandered as far as Egypt in times of drought simply because of the Nile river. They must have reached a cultural high point at some time though. The temple is proof of that. Also saw a Nat Geo documentary some years ago that said, r.e. DNA, Israelis and Palestinians are basically the same people.

Comment by sk8eycat on December 29, 2013 at 11:08pm

@Secular School Teacher: I MUST get my paws on that book!  I have read in several different sources that the Israelites were never enslaved by the Egyptians, and that the Exodus never happened. The stories of the plagues are just ridiculous...almost as dumb as Noah's Ark (How did 8 people feed and clean up after all those animals? I asked that question in Sunday school when I was about 6 or 7, and got a hell of a tongue-lashing from the teacher, but she couldn't give me a reasonable answer.)

As far back as the 19th century there were speculations that the whole story was a myth, or propaganda, and that Jericho hadn't even been established at the time that "Joshua (suposedly) fit de battle."

I have also read that the "City" of Nazareth didn't exist until late in the 1st Century, or early in the 2nd Century CE.  Whoever wrote Matthew (I think it was that book) was trying to fit his story to "prophecies" in the OT, and one of them hinted that a hero or messiah would be a "Nazarite," which was some sort of religious sect, not a citizen from a town in Galilee.

The writers of those novelettes were as ignorant as the people who still believe those stories today.  Flat-Earthers.

Comment by Secular School Teacher on December 29, 2013 at 7:23pm

How Archaeology Disproves the four foundational stories of the Bible
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/12/24/1265119/-How-Archaeology-D...

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 29, 2013 at 1:32pm

Patricia, that's wonderful that your neighbors look after you.

I'm opposite of you on temperature.  I can stand the heat more than the cold.  That's why I'm trying to find a way to move south.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 29, 2013 at 1:27pm

Patricia, that's interesting that you got in the paper without knowing it, and not being asked.  From that distance they probably thought no one could recognize you, but I'll bet a lot of people you know would.

 A few years ago, on a slow-news-day sunday, a newspaper photographer caught me riding my recumbent tricycle, but he asked me if he could publish it.  I didn't notice him, and he ran after me to ask me.  Said he had a hard time catching me even though I was going uphill and not pumping hard.  : )

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 29, 2013 at 1:16pm

Mindy, love that image about the truth being worth it.

Comment by Plinius on December 29, 2013 at 3:58am

Your fanclub was hiding somewhere, Patricia! What beautiful surroundings you live in!

And I love the TRUTH-picture, Mindy!

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 28, 2013 at 11:38pm

Patricia, a great scene of beauty and the reality of getting around in a northern winter. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 28, 2013 at 6:42pm

 

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