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The Clinker Route of Bluestones Transport to Stonehenge Monument

Undisputed Route of Bluestones Transport to

Stonehenge Monument, the Royal Society

Undisputed Route of Bluestones Transport to

Stonehenge Monument, the Royal Society

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Added by Garry Denke on May 12, 2020 at 5:41pm — No Comments

Kevin M. Kruse's One Nation Under God - Review

First let it be said that Kevin Kruse has done a masterful job with One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America, of researching and detailing those events which began and accelerated the process of both bringing Christianity more fully into American life while simultaneously politicizing it toward the Republican side of the ledger. We get reminded of well-known names, such as Billy Graham and Herbert Hoover and even Dwight D. Eisenhower, as well as learning…

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Added by Loren Miller on May 1, 2020 at 9:00am — No Comments

The test of a false god; Why I am an atheist.

  

The test of a false god; Why I am an atheist.

I was born into Christianity and indoctrinated while growing up. My extended family was extremely religious as well, we even had a few preachers. I grew up in the First United Methodist church, my sect was particularly literalist, they believe that all scripture was inspired by god. They believe that Satan was actively doing harm in our world and we were involved in spiritual battles constantly.



I wanted to become a… Continue

Added by Compelledunbeliever on April 30, 2020 at 3:46pm — 1 Comment

Musings of an octogenarian on the Human predicament

In the years to come, our descendants will want to know what it was like to be alive now, during the Great Pandemic of 2020. But memory is an imperfect instrument. It fades, it fragments, it’s easily rewritten. For the sake of those stories we’ll tell one day, I wanted to write down the feel of this moment while my impressions are fresh.



I acknowledge I may not be the best chronicler. The disease hasn’t touched me, not deeply. I’m reading stories of hospitals overwhelmed, brave… Continue

Added by V.N.K.Kumar on April 21, 2020 at 2:32am — 1 Comment

Missing

I have been missing from this community for quite some time.  I had a stroke in April 2011 and was focused on bettering myself for many years. My kids were 3yrs old and 15 months old when it happened. I went seven weeks with only seeing them once.  When I got home, I still had much work to do.  I am just starting to feel "normal" which is really a new normal because I will never feel my old normal again. I am nine years post stroke and I still get nauseated if I over do it, I still get dizzy…

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Added by Ambre on April 18, 2020 at 1:49pm — 5 Comments

A bible for atheists?

Believers have their Bibles, Torahs, Korans etc. Shouldn't us atheists have our own bible too? So that we are not defined negatively in terms of what we don't believe (i.e. we don't believe in the supernatural, gods or God, miracles, an afterlife etc) but a statement that defines positively what many of us do believe?

I am an atheist and independent thinker in New Jersey. My recently finished book A bible for atheists tries to do exactly that:…

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Added by tom sulcer on April 9, 2020 at 7:58am — 16 Comments

Person of Interest – Revisited

I wrote the following about three weeks ago, just before the "shelter-in-place" order for Ohio came down.  For those of you who are looking for some appropriate binge-watching material, I would like to offer this:



You are being watched. The government has a secret system, a machine that spies on you every hour of every day. I know because I built it. I designed The Machine to detect acts of terror but it sees everything. Violent crimes involving ordinary people, people like…

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Added by Loren Miller on April 1, 2020 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Primary Vote Held Hostage in Ohio

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine just took the COVID-19 debacle out of bounds last night, announcing that, because of the current “health emergency,” the polls would not be open today and the Ohio primary would be postponed until June 2nd. His action was allegedly in response to a lawsuit from two elderly Franklin County voters who feared exposure to Coronavirus in the public voting place.



This action was immediately challenged. Per reporting in today’s (March 17, 2020) Plain…

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Added by Loren Miller on March 17, 2020 at 7:20am — 2 Comments

Reminder the Apostle Muhammad revealed Tabernacle of Allah location & Reminder the Alamo Mission in San Antonio, Texas is its Eternal Home.

Reminder the Apostle Muhammad revealed Tabernacle of Allah location & Reminder the Alamo Mission in San Antonio, Texas is its Eternal Home.

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Added by Garry Denke on February 5, 2020 at 5:25pm — No Comments

Alexander Hamilton – On a Man Unprincipled

When a man unprincipled in private life desperate in his fortune, bold in his temper, possessed of considerable talents, having the advantage of military habits — despotic in his ordinary demeanour — known to have scoffed in private at the principles of liberty — when such a man is seen to mount the hobby horse of popularity — to join in the cry of danger to liberty — to take every opportunity of embarrassing the General Government & bringing it under suspicion — to flatter and fall…

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Added by Loren Miller on February 1, 2020 at 9:20am — 7 Comments

Revolt of the Angels Book Review

https://theautarkist.wordpress.com/2018/06/12/revoltoftheangels-book-review/

“I have delved deep into Oriental antiquities and also into those of Greece and Rome. I have devoured the works of theologians, philosophers, physicists, geologists, and naturalists. I have learnt. I have thought. I have lost my faith.” – RotA

Arcade is many things. As Arcadia,…

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Added by Hiram on January 27, 2020 at 1:14pm — 2 Comments

Book Review: How to Live a Good Life

https://theautarkist.wordpress.com/2020/01/07/how-to-live-a-good-life/

Today is the official book release date for How to Live a Good Life: A Guide to Choosing Your Personal Philosophy by Penguin Random House (…

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Added by Hiram on January 27, 2020 at 1:12pm — No Comments

The Word Is "Entropy"

Entropy (n) lack of order or predictability; gradual decline into disorder.



A Never-Ending Battle



Canaries, Coal Mines…



Believing is easy. Knowing is hard.



“Coasting” “The bill doesn’t come due until after we’re dead” … so why care?



“Eternal vigilance…”



I was reflecting the other day on a couple of my more recent blog posts and what they had in common. Looking at issues like climate change, social justice, LGBTQ rights and…

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Added by Loren Miller on January 22, 2020 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

Politics or evolution?

We have all seen those people who obstinately deny pejorative effects of air pollution , polluted water, polluted soil in farming, toxic company. 

Many think it's partisan politics. But I think it's evolution.

Added by Clarence Dember on January 19, 2020 at 2:38am — 1 Comment

Stop Childhood Indoctrination - A Message of Hope

A child who has just entered existence has absolutely no knowledge of the universe around him/her. A newborn relies completely on its parents for everything from nutrition to unconditional love. Anybody who reads this will agree that a huge majority of the people on earth claim to believe in one of the many religions because their parents indoctrinated them from a very young age. It is simply a constant cycle of indoctrination from generation to generation. By stopping childhood indoctrination,… Continue

Added by Gerardo Arellano on January 12, 2020 at 8:48pm — 3 Comments

'My God'

My first entry on this site - which caught my eye, actually while looking for the song "I'm as mad as a hatter" by Chad Morgan, posted on here by 'Michael' back in 2010, but that's another story :).

I have always considered myself an atheist, and yet always grappled with what a god or God might be. Was I missing out, or had I just not understood something, or taken some things too literally. I wasn't sure. So, a would-be poet, a sometimes singer-songwriter (my profile picture was…

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Added by Trevor Valentine on January 8, 2020 at 9:55am — 2 Comments

Then What Are You For?!

...they [the Roman Catholic Church] for example thought that slavery was perfectly fine... absolutely okay, and then they didn't, and what is the point of the Catholic Church if it says, “oh well we couldn't know better because nobody else did”? [To the affirmative team] Then what are you for?!

-- Stephen Fry, answering a question during the 2009 Intelligence Squared debate, “Is the Catholic Church a force for good in the world?”



Of course, slavery was okay to…

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Added by Loren Miller on December 5, 2019 at 8:15am — 8 Comments

What A Long, Strange Trip...

Sometime in early November, 2009, an atheist friend of mine on the now-defunct Experience Project website directed me over to a relatively new site called Atheist Nexus. There, EVERYONE was an atheist, and you didn’t have to worry about believers crashing the party and constantly trying to convert you. Gee, I thought, I should have a look, and I did, and what I found was a lively, vital community of freethinkers who had no problem with stating their points of view in boldface.…



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Added by Loren Miller on November 16, 2019 at 8:10am — 6 Comments

German Baptist Wedding

I attended my first German Baptist wedding yesterday, and it was quite the experience.

German Baptists in my north-central part of Indiana are a mix of old and new ways of living. They drive vehicles and have cell phones, but don't own televisions, for example. The women put their hair up in bonnets and wear long dresses. The men all have beards and wear black.

Lorene, the bride, has worked on my farm for 6 years (along with several other GB girls). So she invited me to her…

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Added by Randall Smith on October 27, 2019 at 7:32am — 2 Comments

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