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People Don't Recover from Religion Simply by Tossing the Beliefs They'd Been Taught

Started this discussion. Last reply by tom sarbeck 1 hour ago. 1 Reply

People have fears, although sociopaths and such might not.Fear of death might have more power to influence people than any other fear.Religion tries to assuage that fear by promising eternal life but…Continue

Tags: power, powerlessness, fear

"President Pence" May Be A Reality Soon

Started this discussion. Last reply by tom sarbeck 2 hours ago. 20 Replies

According to MSNBC on Thursday evening, the White House Drama is escalating.Trump's explanations are beyond my ability to explain. Tune in and see what you can make of them.Continue

Tags: impeachment, removal, Trump

Who Funded the Ancients Who, in Their Own Times, Made Themselves Famous? Who's Funding Tomorrow's Famous?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever May 22. 4 Replies

We've all read of ancient folk who today, thousands of years after they lived, are known for their art, prose, poetry, histories, science, mathematics and more.A few were the offspring of rulers who…Continue

Tags: modern

Do You Sometimes Not See an Email or Nexus Message You Expect?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Penn May 7. 1 Reply

Check your spam folder often.I do it at least weekly and find that about  one in fifty pieces of "spam" is not spam.I once designed and wrote computer code and occasionally "designed or wrote a bug…Continue

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tom sarbeck replied to tom sarbeck's discussion People Don't Recover from Religion Simply by Tossing the Beliefs They'd Been Taught
"Instead of trying to satisfy Catholicism's many demands, I've been satisfying mine...and haven't drawn the sheriff's attention."
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People Don't Recover from Religion Simply by Tossing the Beliefs They'd Been Taught

People have fears, although sociopaths and such might not.Fear of death might have more power to influence people than any other fear.Religion tries to assuage that fear by promising eternal life but few believers lose that fear.Religion could help people toss that fear but does not. It uses that fear to control people, to take their power, to mke them helpless.Tossing religious beliefs isn't enough; people have to toss the fears religion built, and toss the helplessness.Atheism confronts that…See More
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tom sarbeck replied to tom sarbeck's discussion "President Pence" May Be A Reality Soon
"Ruth, only religion stirs as much pessimism. With lies it tells us that collectively we are the pinnacle of creation and individually, because non-humans don't sin, we are at the bottom. The disease spread by religion's lies is…"
2 hours ago
Ruth Anthony-Gardner replied to tom sarbeck's discussion "President Pence" May Be A Reality Soon
"I quoted him, not because I trust his reputation (I don't know him), but because that's my opinion as well. I imagine that the public has Trump-fatigue and will act as if the "crisis" is over and the US has returned to normal if…"
5 hours ago
tom sarbeck replied to Daniel Kehoe's discussion Religion hurts more than heals.
"Michael, and others, please note that the C in BCE and CE can be read as either "Common" or "Christian". Xian theists lost nothing in dropping BC and AD."
6 hours ago
tom sarbeck replied to Loren Miller's discussion Are We Monsters? (HuffPost – Neal Gabler) in the group Politics, Economics, and Religion
"I agree, Andrew. Immigration, bringing in people who will work for less, has always harmed those who have been in America longer AND business owners have always increasd profits by hiring people who will work for less. Anyone who thinks the…"
6 hours ago
tom sarbeck replied to Loren Miller's discussion Are We Monsters? (HuffPost – Neal Gabler) in the group Politics, Economics, and Religion
"Loren, "Look for the helpers" would have been helpful to hear. I never heard them or any words like them."
6 hours ago
tom sarbeck replied to Daniel Kehoe's discussion Religion hurts more than heals.
"Or as simple as Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revised 2010 Edition?"
16 hours ago
tom sarbeck replied to Daniel Kehoe's discussion Religion hurts more than heals.
"Yeah. They who carve the Buddha do not worship him. Or in terms we know, they who preach abstinence don't necessarily practice it."
16 hours ago
tom sarbeck commented on Joan Denoo's group Politics, Economics, and Religion
"Ruth, knowing the past might help us predict the future, or might not. Or, knowing that Bernie did not accept a bribe last month (Who really knows?) might, or might not, help us predict whether he will accept a bribe next month. Welcome to…"
16 hours ago
tom sarbeck replied to Loren Miller's discussion Are We Monsters? (HuffPost – Neal Gabler) in the group Politics, Economics, and Religion
"Ok, let's count the stabbings in Portland, weekly perhaps, and use that as the "meanness quotient". Then if Portland stabbings increase, we can expect New York stabbings to increase in proportion. Q. E. D."
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tom sarbeck commented on Joan Denoo's group Politics, Economics, and Religion
"One recent time, Joan, was when you posted s'thing about the agricultural labor force."
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tom sarbeck replied to Daniel Kehoe's discussion Religion hurts more than heals.
"Religion hurts more than it heals? Paraphrasing the poet Browning's intent, let us count the ways. The public ways, such as the Inquisition, happen when church and state are united and have been counted The cultural ways and the personal…"
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tom sarbeck replied to Ruth Anthony-Gardner's discussion Impunity
"There was something comforting in xianity's 'lake of fire' myth, but then I gave up childish things. There are organizations who work to stop those who are harming others, such as the ACLU and FFRF, otherwise I have to hope that such…"
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tom sarbeck commented on Robert Prather's group Gator Atheists
"There are some West Coast Gators. This one was a pre-gator (hs grad) when the US Navy took him from St. Pete and sent him to California. He returned to Florida, became a Gator, and worked his way back west. He loved his twenty years in San…"
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Born Dec 1930. Atheist 6yrs; Catholic 20yrs; Agnostic 52yrs; Atheist 6yrs; Materialist.
Cincinnati until 1947, St. Pete FL until 1950, US Navy until 1952, St. Pete until 1954, Gainesville (UofF) until 1961, Tallahassee (FlaStUniv) until 1962, into computers where I became a migratory worker (St. Pete, Daytona Beach, Houston, Austin, Phoenix). Retired to San Francisco then Yountville.

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At 8:10am on May 16, 2017, Loren Miller said…

Tom, regarding how to add pix, all I can tell you is how I've long since done it on my "How To Do It" page.  If you can show me a specific instance where you want to add a picture and it isn't working, I can look at that.  Otherwise, I have nothing to go by.

At 2:11am on February 28, 2017, Diane Berlin said…
Well I have a good friend who just moved to Nolensville. She loves it there but she is very Christian and has already joined a church. So that will be her social life. I want to be able to fit in and make friends without having to join a church. She knows that I'm not religious but doesn't know about my growing hostility with religious Bible thumpers who seem
M to be getting more judge mental than ever. My mom is Evangelical and has stopped trying to save me. I hate living in Southern California because it is so crowded and expensive and there is no nature but I'm not sure if Tn would work. It would be a place to retire to. Husband is in the music business
At 7:34am on February 26, 2017, Jean Larsen said…

I was initially raised Catholic by my grandmother. My father hated the Catholic church. Its good to be in touch with like minded folk instead of biting my tongue.

At 8:50pm on February 17, 2017, Dorsite Doe said…
Thank you for the nice welcome. My area of geophysics is seismology (earthquakes), but I onow you can find seashells in the Sahara. That would be a fun field trip.
At 10:04pm on February 9, 2017, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…

Thanks for friending me.

At 10:02am on June 2, 2011, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…

Welcome, Tom! Glad you could join us. :D

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