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Saving Number 90 - From Seth Andrews (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Thursday. 10 Replies

Seth says himself that the following is a departure from the usual fare his YouTube channel features.  Personally, I think it's a positive and constructive move, because it demonstrates that no, we are NOT just about atheism.  We're also very much…Continue

Tags: abuse, animal, puppy mills, Henry, The Thinking Atheist

F.B.I. Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working on Behalf of Russia (NY Times)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jan 13. 4 Replies

WASHINGTON — In the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president’s behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against…Continue

Tags: Russia, Putin, investigation, FBI, James Comey

exposing abuse | Jehovah’s Witnesses on trial | part 1 (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Jan 4. 31 Replies

There really is no other way to say it: prepare to be revolted, disgusted, and made sick to your stomach.  Our good friend, TheraminTrees has had a considerable look at a recent commission executed by the government of Australia, digging into…Continue

Tags: Jehovah's Witnesses, child abuse, TheraminTrees

The Stanford Prison Experiment,

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Dec 22, 2018. 3 Replies

the Zimbardo experiment: The experiment was conducted from August 14 to 20,1971 by a team of researchers led by…Continue

Tags: change, Experiment, Prison, Stanford, Zimbardo

Deep Field: The Impossible Magnitude of Our Universe (Eric Whitacre)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Dec 9, 2018. 10 Replies

We've all heard about the Deep Field observations of the Hubble Space Telescope, how, almost on a whim, the device was aimed at what was thought to be an empty, unoccupied section of sky and a long time exposure was taken.  What they discovered was…Continue

Tags: NASA, Hubble Space Telescope, Deep Field, Eric Whitacre

Canada Not a Loud Nation

Started by Patricia. Last reply by Patricia Dec 2, 2018. 11 Replies

Canada is a proud nation but not a loud nation.British newspaper salutes Canada . . . this is a good read. It is funny how it took someone in England to put it into words......Salute to a brave and modest nation - Kevin Myers , 'The Sunday…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo 18 hours ago

OK, Patricia, we will be watching for Feb 25 for your surgery. Stay well. 

Comment by Grinning Cat 19 hours ago

Thanks for that pointer, Joan.

I find I don't need to look into specific contradictions and specific illogical or immoral doctrines, when "God's plan" is indistinguishable from no god and no plan. Victor Stenger gives many examples in his book God: The Failed Hypothesis, discussing how the hypothesis of a "typical" traditional god existing outside our heads and acting in the universe is testable, and showing how the universe, our planet, our biology and psychology all appear exactly as we'd expect without a benevolent, knowing, powerful god who takes special interest in human beings and doesn't hide from sincere seekers.

Comment by Joan Denoo 20 hours ago

(1) Relative Time

(2) Lack of Gradation

(3) Barbaric Punishment

(4) Hitler, Ted Bundy, and Bill Gates

(5) Evil Nature of God

(6) Transfer of Punishment

(7) Belief versus Actions

(8) Infant Death

(9) Beginning of Life

(10) Miracles

(11) Failure to Return

(12) Delayed Documentation

(13) Fact Checking

(14) Roman Bias

(15) “Growing Fish”

(16) Gospel Contradictions

(17) Raising of Lazarus and Woman Caught in Adultery

(18) Palm Sunday/Good Friday Conflict

(19) Judas

(20) Roman Census in Luke

Go to the rest of the article to find the other 20 reasons40 Problems with Christianity, and learn the details of why these are problems for christianity.

~ "Michael Runyan. Michael is a recently-retired risk analyst for the U.S. government. A former Catholic, he currently works as a freelance writer focusing on critical assessments of the Christian religion."

Comment by Patricia 21 hours ago

Yes, Ian, it was Feb. 11th, but now Feb. 25th as the surgeon exchanged dates with another surgeon, but didn't let the hospital booking office know until yesterday, so they called me right away.

No matter, its a pain in the bum, the groin, the hip, the leg, the knee the belly...…..

Comment by Ian Mason 21 hours ago

That's a pain in the bum, Patricia. I hope the new date is a definite one,

Comment by Patricia 22 hours ago

Sigh......my hip replacement has been delayed by 2 weeks.....

Comment by Patricia yesterday

Suuuuuure……..

Comment by Bertold Brautigan yesterday

Christianity - cures all ills!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner yesterday

<chuckle> Interesting variation on door to door proselytizing, as if they're testing new markets.

Comment by Patricia yesterday

I just had a new one at the front door.

I have been arguing with colitis for years, have the meds, & the diet ideas, books, etc.

Today, a woman came to the door wanting donations, and/or selling xian books on colitis, crohns, inflammatory bowel disease, etc.

I told her I am atheist, she said that was ok but I still have the body, & shoved a book in my face. Told her I already have books, & shut the door.

 

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