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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 replied to tom sarbeck's discussion Trump's Speech at the UN's General Assembly. Helpful or Harmful? Entirely So or Partly So?
"You've likely heard the comparison about one person playing checkers when everyone else is playing chess?  I seriously doubt that Drumpf is even up to the subtleties of checkers as regards negotiating his way through any kind of crisis,…"
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Loren Miller commented on Daniel W's group Quotation Of The Day
"I tried to convince myself once, when I was a teenager, that I felt God. Alone in the sanctuary, accompanying my mom on an evening errand to the church. I stared at the ceiling and drew deep breath as quickly as I could. I told our youth minister in…"
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Loren Miller commented on Daniel W's group Quotation Of The Day
"Okay, Joan ... by way of quotes and a bit of B5, here are Bruce Boxleitner and Mira Furlan as Captain John Sheridan and Delenn of the Mimbari in a brief but telling scene, one which echos words we've heard from the likes of Lawrence Krauss and…"
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Loren Miller commented on Daniel W's group Quotation Of The Day
"Joan, in this case, we're talking about television S/F.  Babylon 5 was designed as a "novel for television" and is the invention of J. Michael Straczynski, who created the characters and the series and wrote the vast majority of…"
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"When one of us does a foolish thing, you should tell them it is a foolish thing. They can still continue to do it, but at least the truth is where it needs to be.-- Dukhat of the Grey Council, Babylon 5As Mimbari go, Dukhat was a pretty smart…"
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A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship, she responds from her heart, and true to her beliefs, she responds biblically.Mrs. Bowers, the floor is yours. Have You Had YOUR Betty Today?See More
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Loren Miller commented on Teresa Roberts's blog post The Business of Importing Nuns and Priests
"Teresa, the complete debate is here.  I put a link to Hitchens' and Fry's contribution in my previous post."
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Loren Miller commented on Teresa Roberts's blog post The Business of Importing Nuns and Priests
"Thinking about that, Teresa, you have seen the 2009 Intelligence Squared debate on the topic: "Is the Catholic Church a force for good in the world," haven't you?  Christopher Hitchens and Stephen Fry truly laid the wood to…"
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Loren Miller commented on Teresa Roberts's blog post The Business of Importing Nuns and Priests
"Interesting, particularly as Cleveland has a new bishop ... a Latino bishop, one Nelson J. Perez ... replacing Richard Lennon in that position.  While Cleveland has a fairly diverse ethnic population, I don't see an especially large Latinx…"
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Loren Miller commented on Daniel W's group Quotation Of The Day
"Carl, I see that phenomenon as a direct corollary to the fact that believers constantly have to reassert their faith in it, on top of suffering cognitive dissonance from a world which refutes their assertion.  I don't have to repeatedly…"
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Loren Miller commented on Daniel W's group Quotation Of The Day
"Gods are fragile things, they may be killed by a whiff of science or a dose of common sense. They thrive on servility and shrink before independence. They feed upon worship as kings do upon flattery. That is why the cry of gods at all times is…"
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Loren Miller replied to Loren Miller's discussion Abortion Access in Missouri Is Getting Easier, Thanks to Planned Parenthood and Satanists ( Christina Cauterucci - Slate.com) in the group Feminist Atheists
"Personally, I'm a member of FFRF and American Atheists.  Being that I'm on a fixed income, I play my donation cards (for which you man read "dollars!") pretty close to my chest otherwise.  I keep telling myself that if…"
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Tom Sarbeck replied to Loren Miller's discussion Abortion Access in Missouri Is Getting Easier, Thanks to Planned Parenthood and Satanists ( Christina Cauterucci - Slate.com) in the group Feminist Atheists
"Loren, answer Spud's question AFTER he shows you evidence that he has donated generously to at least four such organizations."
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Idaho Spud replied to Loren Miller's discussion Abortion Access in Missouri Is Getting Easier, Thanks to Planned Parenthood and Satanists ( Christina Cauterucci - Slate.com) in the group Feminist Atheists
"It sounds like they are with us, and do good. Loren, which groups fighting for separation of church & state do you think do the most good?  "
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At 11:55am on September 11, 2017, Teresa Roberts said…

Who's your muse? LOL

At 11:56am on September 7, 2017, John Elder said…

Thanks Loren, I am giving it some thought. Staying I mean. Truth is I am really sick of the abuse and trolling some people who will remain unnamed have done for years with no consequence even though the "Nexus Rules" do prohibit such. If we are going to tolerate constant abusive behavior towards anyone who doesn't buy into pseudoscience and dares to return sarcasm in defense, well, I find it hard to believe the Nexus is a site for rationality as claimed. Maybe I'll cool off and stay, but I am really offended by being chided for not playing nice with an aggressive ranter who is well known to be over the top by many. Best always, John 

At 1:38pm on August 30, 2017, Patricia said…

Thanks Loren. Hugs back!

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

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Canaries and Coal Mines and What to Do About Them

Posted on September 11, 2017 at 9:00am 13 Comments

... your Earth was crumbling all around you. You've got simultaneous epidemics of obesity and starvation. Explain that one! Bees and butterflies start to disappear, the glaciers melt, algae blooms.  All around you the coal mine canaries are dropping dead and you won't take the hint!  In every moment there's the possibility of a better future, but you people won't believe it.  And because you won't believe it you won't do what is necessary to make it a reality. So, you dwell on this…

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God Bless Texas?

Posted on September 2, 2017 at 9:00am 12 Comments

I was driving home after celebrating my wife’s twin sons’ 32nd birthdays, having enjoyed excellent lasagna, salad, and homemade ice-cream-cake, in the company of some very good people.  Cruising north on Ohio I-77, the powerful, easy grace of my Mustang GT thrilled my senses as we charged north toward Cuyahoga County and home.  What was totally unexpected was the display proffered by an electronic billboard, off to my left.  In bold primary colors, it displayed the Lone Star flag…

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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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