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11 "unanswerable" questions for atheists - answered (Aron Ra)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Jun 6. 1 Reply

If you spend any time around YouTube and have any history of looking at atheist material (or even theist material!), you will inevitably run into: "XX Questions Atheists Can't Answer."  These are occasionally followed by: "XX Questions Atheists…Continue

Tags: apologist, answer, questions, unanswerable, Aron Ra

worshipping narcissists (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jun 3. 1 Reply

They're all around us: people who perceive the world as revolving around them and will go to considerable lengths to make it so: narcissists.  Such beings have been with humanity, I suspect, since humanity emerged from the gene pool.  Even worse,…Continue

Tags: narcissist, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 2. 42 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

appropriating morality (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 1. 7 Replies

We've all heard the claim: "Human morality comes from god."  And we've all seen for ourselves what Yahweh's "morality" looks like, from condemnations of homosexuality and the treatment of women as chattel to inexplicable sanctions against the eating…Continue

Tags: morality, appropriating, TheraminTrees

Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 19. 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

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Comment by Idaho Spud on December 26, 2013 at 4:51pm

Mindy, great image of a true believer "waiting on Jesus".

Ian, that's funny.

Comment by Grinning Cat on December 26, 2013 at 3:51pm

That's a good one!

Might anyone here recall an SF short story I'm vaguely remembering, where a world's dominant religion looks a lot like the Catholicism we know -- except priests must be women, the bearers and givers of life; and receiving the sacrament means licking the priest's menstrual blood from its source?

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 26, 2013 at 3:05pm

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 26, 2013 at 2:08pm

Waiting on Jesus....great photo.  Thanks, Mindy.

Just throwing this out here.....I think my aunt, my father's sister who lives in the state of Washington, may have outed herself as a non-believer.  She sent me an email (which she never does) and signed it, "Happy Solstice."

Things that make you go, "Hmm." 

I'm enjoying some time away from work as of today.  I spent the past five days, the 21st through the 25th, dealing with the Xmas travelers.  TONS of families, kids, and once-a-year travelers.  I love my job, but it was fairly trying at times.  Good thing I have (dare I say) the patience of a Saint.  lol  The kids were mostly great.....and cute.  It was the stressed out parents and adults who acted like jerks.  I came home last night exhausted.  I'm lucky I had fun coworkers with me.  We did a lot of laughing. 

Comment by Loren Miller on December 26, 2013 at 12:35pm

Premium stuff, GC!  Thanks for posting it!

Comment by Grinning Cat on December 26, 2013 at 12:27pm

Yes! Mindy's pic also reminded me of the tract parody "This Is Your Death".

Comment by Plinius on December 26, 2013 at 11:12am

Very like Waiting for Godot! I didn't say it because I thought you'd all say the same.

Comment by Pat on December 26, 2013 at 10:57am

Excellent pic, Melinda!

Loren, I think Godot will show up first.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 26, 2013 at 10:47am

Excellent, Melinda!

Does it occur to anyone else here as it does to me that waiting for Jebus is rather like Waiting for Godot?

Comment by Ian Mason on December 26, 2013 at 10:40am

What a lovely day, Joan. Hope you've woken refreshed and ready for a new day.

A new Xtian slimming plan, Mindy?

 

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