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Seth Andrews - The Copycats: How Christianity Steals The Best Ideas

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Soren Sagan on Wednesday. 9 Replies

Many of us have observed or learned how christianity shamelessly borrows from other sources to bolster its position and show off its supposed wonderfulness.  Well, Seth Andrews of The Thinking Atheist podcast has compiled some of the more modern-day…Continue

Tags: steal, borrow, copycat, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Finding Your Roots

Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Chris G Dec 15. 9 Replies

I've been into genealogy for a long time. It's fun, especially with internet help, but increasingly frustrating. You see, I've hit "brick walls". And being a Smith doesn't make research any easier.Wouldn't you think I could find the death date and…Continue

Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by sk8eycat Dec 12. 11 Replies

Well, it's that time of year again.  Time to gird our loins, put on our battle armor and join the (dah-dah DAAAAAH!) WAR AGAINST CHRISTMAS!!! [groan!] Yeah, most of us have heard that crap before, probably too many times, in fact, how atheists are…Continue

Tags: Christmas, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by sk8eycat Nov 26. 41 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

Aljam

Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 24. 4 Replies

I'm not a news hound by any stretch, but I do like to stay informed about what's going on in the world. (I despise "local" news with all the reports of murders, robberies, fires, etc.)The national "evening" news shows really irritate me. I hate…Continue

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 22. 79 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

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Comment by Ian Mason on February 26, 2013 at 2:23pm

Sorry, but I haven't been paying attention the last couple of days. I've been absorbed in Hilary Mantel's "Bring up the Bodies", the follow-up to "Wolf Hall". Thomas Cromwell continues his ascent to the heights of power, this time by organising the downfall of Anne Boleyn and her family. In the first book it was possible to have some sympathy for him in his journey from son of a drunken, violent blacksmith to secretary to Cardinal Wolsey and subsequently a favourite of Henry VIII. In the new novel he's really turned into a nasty shit, ready to destroy anyone who crosses him and to take revenge on those responsible for Wolsey's fall from favour.

Will have to wait a year or two for the final volume of the three :(

Comment by booklover on February 26, 2013 at 1:57pm

Glad you guys liked the quote!  There are some good things to be had on Facebook. :) Carl, I remember my Mom used to play her record album from HAIR when I was a kid.  I loved to sing along. Love the NASA video Chris. That's cool you influenced your friends to not belief the supernatural crap sk8eycat! :) Just went out for lunch with a friend who is 'mostly' Atheist.  I think she hangs on to something, but really knows that this is it.  She's really cool to hang-out with though.  The snowstorm has hit us now.  Safe inside drinking my decaf now!~Melinda

Comment by sk8eycat on February 26, 2013 at 1:47pm

Melinda, I love the "higher power" comment.  I tried going to a 12-Step group (Adult Children of Alcoholics) for a couple of years, and knowing that I wasn't alone, and listening to other people's stories, did help me get over myself, but all the "god-talk" and higher power stuff (I never could say the first word of the "serenity prayer" out loud) finally got on my last nerve, so I quit.  Now I laugh about the whole experience.

Also, by the time I did quit, a couple of my closest friends in the group had decided they couldn't believe in supernatural powers, either.  I don't know if I can take credit for that, but I was rather outspoken about my lack of belief at times. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 26, 2013 at 12:43pm

Carl, your video brings back memories.  I never saw the show or movie, but those songs were on the radio when I was dating.  I liked The Age of Aquarius and especially Good Morning Starshine.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 26, 2013 at 11:20am

Chris, that's a mind-boggling video from NASA.  When the earth-size representation was shown on the screen I said to myself out loud, "Wow....."   The size of our universe and everything in it is overwhelming.  Thanks for sharing.

Melinda, LOVE the quote.  So true.  Consider it stolen and now in my possession.  :)

Comment by Steph S. on February 26, 2013 at 8:51am

Booklover that is such a sweet story about your mom paying for things for your family and how you pay for things for your kids - so sweet.

I really agree with the higher power quote - that's so true. They are hypocrites. 

Comment by booklover on February 26, 2013 at 8:42am

Comment by booklover on February 26, 2013 at 7:57am

That's so awesome of you Carl!  My Mom has more money than we do, and she is alone, so I try and do lots of thoughtful things for her that don't cost $$, and, of course, I will take good care of her as she ages.

Comment by Plinius on February 26, 2013 at 12:50am
Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 25, 2013 at 9:15pm

BTW, Steph, I checked out your photos from the Whopping Crane Fest.  Love the Tri-colored Heron.  Beautiful.  Where was this located?  I know Southern Texas and South Padre Island are big birdwatching places during the winter months. 

 

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