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Decoding Jesus: Separating man from myth (CNN - John Blake)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Loren Miller Mar 16. 6 Replies

Timothy Freke was flipping through an old academic book when he came across a religious image that some would call obscene. It was a drawing of a third-century amulet depicting a naked man nailed to…Continue

Tags: Richard Carrier, Robert Price, mythicist, Jesus

World of Batsh!t - #7: Gravity (CoolHardLogic)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Loren Miller Jun 10, 2016. 3 Replies

Oh, dear ... CoolHardLogic has found another one!  We now have "B S Detector," a flat-earther holding forth on why he's right and everyone else is wrong.  This particular scientific "genius" seems to…Continue

Tags: Einstein, gravity, Dunning-Kruger, CoolHardLogic

World of Batshit - #6: Sphereless (CoolHardLogic)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Feb 15, 2016. 2 Replies

The flying mouse feces spreaders are BACK ... and CoolHardLogic has GOT 'em!  This time he's got some wingnut named Jeranism, who seems to think that there are no spheroidal objects in outer space,…Continue

Tags: Tycho Brahe, parallax, sphere, batshit, Dunning-Kruger

David Silverman – Fighting God & Firebrand Atheism

Started this discussion. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 7, 2016. 58 Replies

I love David Silverman. Why? Because he has the brass cojones to call a spade a spade, he doesn't soften his approach and he doesn't back down.  Recently, in Zurich, Switzerland, David gave a talk on…Continue

Tags: firebrand atheism, Fighting God, David Silverman

 

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I'm a semi-retired electrical engineer who has a rather eclectic background, never mind a few miles on the odometer. I suppose I was an "apatheist" for quite a while - largely indifferent to the whole issue of gods - but after 9/11 and the more blatant appearance of evangelicals and Dominionists on the scene, my atheism has finally come to the fore.

Other interests include high-end stereo and home theater (and with that, CD and DVD collecting), BMWs and general car enthusiasm, single-malt whisky and biking.

I flatter myself that I know my way around Atheist Nexus at least reasonably well (I've been here since November of 2009), so if you need a hand with something, please don't hesitate to give a shout.

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Loren Miller commented on Bertold Brautigan's status
"And this is surprising HOW, exactly?  Seems as though anyone saying a discouraging word about Orange Julius gets a tweet-storm parade for their trouble.  I'm just waiting for a significant someone to tell dear Donnie where to stick it…"
15 hours ago
Loren Miller commented on sacha's group No Nonsense
"[wry, sad chuckle] Yeah.  Molte grazie, bro."
19 hours ago
Loren Miller commented on sacha's group No Nonsense
"Damn.  Yet another disturbing story, broken by the Boston Globe "Spotlight" team, about the perfidy of the Catholic Church and the less than holy behavior of its priests.  And Michael Rezendez once again, leading the…"
19 hours ago
Loren Miller commented on Donald R Barbera's blog post Adultery is a Sin?
"Adultery IS forbidden ... for the women.  All we need to do is look at Numbers 5 and its treatment of women who may have strayed from the marriage bed, versus Solomon and his 700 wives and 300 concubines to understand that the biblical…"
20 hours ago
Loren Miller commented on Daniel W's group Quotation Of The Day
"The religious see religion as universal and necessary, like air is necessary for life.  Here come the atheists and say, no, what you are doing is NOT universal, because we do without it and we do okay.  To them, it's tantamount to…"
22 hours ago
Loren Miller commented on Daniel W's group Quotation Of The Day
"An OPEN mind is one thing; a RECEPTIVE mind is quite another.  Add "skeptical" to that second quality and I suspect you have an optimal combination.My $0.02 worth."
22 hours ago
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"Sign at a doughnut shop: EAT MORE HOLE FOOD!"
22 hours ago
Loren Miller commented on Jeffrey's group Trekkies
"Considering Charlottesville, not that far off, GC!"
22 hours ago
Loren Miller replied to Jonathan Simeone's discussion Racists
"Completely agreed on all points. The one thing that probably stands more in the way of resolving the issue of Donald Trump right now are those who are putting party above country in the US House and Senate. These cynical politicians who have so…"
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Loren Miller replied to Jonathan Simeone's discussion I'm back too!
"Good to see you again, Jonathan.  Wade on in, the water ain't deep!"
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Loren Miller commented on Donald R Barbera's blog post OH HOW I WISH
"When is the last time God did anything of significance in this world?Well...As it comes to his alleged efficacy, it seems to have taken a hit over the centuries!And yeah, you ARE rational.  You think in real-world terms and the allure of the…"
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Loren Miller commented on Daniel W's group Quotation Of The Day
"I believe today that I am acting in the sense of the Almighty Creator. By warding off the Jews I am fighting for the Lord's work. -- Adolf Hitler, Speech, Reichstag, 1936 I wonder ... were those who marched in Charlottesville this past…"
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Loren Miller commented on Daniel W's group Quotation Of The Day
"Joan, if they believe their doctrine and dogma without question, as far as I'm concerned, they may be just as dangerous as a jihadi with a suicide bomb strapped to him.  The fact is that such people have largely been calmed by an…"
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Loren Miller commented on Ivy's group Atheist Humor
"Naughty, naughty, Daniel!  [grin!]"
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Loren Miller commented on Daniel W's group Quotation Of The Day
"All men are Prophets or else God does not exist. ― Jean-Paul Sartre How succinct can you get? Seriously, WHY would god play favorites as to WHO gets the revelation of his existence? This question has wanted for an answer since the first prophet…"
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Loren Miller commented on Daniel W's group Quotation Of The Day
"Even Spock acknowledged that logic is limited, even as he told Valeris:"Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end."It may be that some form of logic might pierce the veil of human emotions, but it would have to be a complex and badly…"
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Loren Miller commented on Daniel W's group Quotation Of The Day
""What if" questions are for suckers, Joan. People who are serious about learning will take a "what if" question and go after it, and make a fool of the people asking it, and the king of them all is "What if you're…"
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Loren Miller commented on Daniel W's group Quotation Of The Day
"Bertold, I think it may be accomplished for rational atheists, but for atheists in general, I'm not so convinced."
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Loren Miller commented on Daniel W's group Quotation Of The Day
"Joan, it would take people being ENGAGED ... with their lives, with the world around them.  It would require a loss of indifference and ennui.  Most of all, they would have to overcome the natural inertia which has so stultified their…"
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At 5:08pm on August 15, 2017, Joe said…
Thank you Loren
At 9:15pm on August 9, 2017, Cristy McGowan said…
Thank you I'm excited to be a member
At 3:02pm on July 2, 2017, Robert Franklin said…
Thank you Loren, I will enjoy myself where I can.
At 9:48pm on June 29, 2017, Jennifer Miller said…

Thank you.

At 9:57pm on April 20, 2017, Marjorie Blegen said…

Sounds like you have a great bunch of fur-babies. Let me tell you about mine:

1. Samwise Gamgee Moonglow-16 yo: lilac point Siamese mix I picked up at a 3-M plant in Ontario, CA while I still drove semi. He is the BEST!

2. Chloe Rose-approx. 18 yo: tortoiseshell. Got her from a college woman who could not keep her.

3. Cappuccino Java Hopper Enigma Little Bitch - almost 9 yo: Mostly white with black splotches. A friend brought her to me when she was about 6 days old. She never grew so is still my baby (Java for short).

4. Majik Curious Destiny - approx. 3 yo: A friend (same one who brought Java to me) found Majik at a PetSmart up for adoption. I received pictures of her and told my friend to get her for me as I had been searching for a calico like her since my last calico died (Maggie was 19 when she died).

5. Solveig5-6 yo: Eastern Gray tree frog. One fall, when I was still putting plants outside during the day, this little frog kept coming in with the plants every night. I would find her in the morning when I placed my plants outside. After the third time, I said, "Well, I guess you want to stay." I bought a large habitat with front glass doors, put in plants and logs, plus a pond. I have to buy crickets (Yuck) to feed her. She is the mellowest frog I've ever come across.

So, that is my family!

At 8:18am on April 20, 2017, Marjorie Blegen said…

Thank you,Loren, I will scritch my cats and tell Solveig (the frog) ribbit. Soveig is an Eastern Gray tree frog - chirp chirp.

At 10:05am on January 21, 2017, Daniel W said…

Another famous someone ALMOST from Cleveland

At 10:51am on September 8, 2016, Elisabeth Christina Mathes said…

Thanks for the welcome, Loren!

I´ve already found many awesome vids and topics in this group, so I will definitely have a great time here! Cheers, Eli

At 6:41am on July 3, 2016, Scarlet StormBreaker said…

Thank you. 

At 3:25pm on July 2, 2016, Kelly said…

Hi Loren! Yes I love podcasts! They were a big help after my divorce the comedy ones helped me laugh again. The variety and content of podcasts is better than anything on cable. I do love the Thinking Atheist podcast, it's well produced and that voice is amazing, I could listen to him for hours!

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A Never-Ending Battle?

Posted on July 12, 2017 at 8:00am 10 Comments

I have no illusions that there’s an endgame.  These problems never go away.  You have to educate every single generation about this and make sure it doesn’t creep back into our society.  There’s no sense in which the job is ever done.

-- Tim Gill



Just for the record, Tim Gill is a software engineer and rights advocate, who has been an integral part of the thrust for LGBTQ equality.  His influence spans from the 2003 Goodridge v Dept. of Public Health case to the…

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Holy Books – All Things to All People

Posted on June 1, 2017 at 8:00am 16 Comments

These are puzzlements!

-- King Mongkut of Siam (allegedly)



How is it that Christianity and Islam are both sources to claims of peaceful intent and despicable savagery? Jesus Christ is regarded by some as the “Prince of Peace,” yet the religion bearing his name spawned the Crusades, the Inquisition, the usages and practices of the Malleus Maleficarum, and too many other atrocities to count. Muslims worldwide declare that Islam is “a religion of peace,” yet…

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Grover's Corners and Dancing in Hurricanes

Posted on May 8, 2017 at 8:30am 15 Comments

Back in college, I was invited to participate in a production of Thornton Wilder’s play, Our Town, which was being put on by the drama department of Notre Dame College.  It was a nice diversion from my engineering studies for one thing, as well as causing me to gain two really good friends from the then-all-female enrollment of that school.  I don’t recall ever actually reading for any one particular role, but I wound up with the part of George Gibbs, who starts out as a wide-eyed kid…

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Dear Mr. President: Regarding Climate Change...

Posted on April 23, 2017 at 11:30am 2 Comments

Rigorous science is critical to my administration's efforts to achieve the twin goals of economic growth and environmental protection.  My administration is committed to advancing scientific research that leads to a better understanding of our environment and of environmental risks. As we do so, we should remember that rigorous science depends not on ideology, but on a spirit of honest inquiry and robust debate.

-- President Donald Trump, commenting on the March for Science…

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