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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Soren Sagan yesterday. 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 on Tuesday. 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

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Comment by sk8eycat on April 24, 2013 at 4:08pm

I'm a little late getting into this discussion..."stuff" is still distracting me.

When I was in high school, some of the girls I hung out with were Mormons, and they talked a lot about not being allowed to drink coffee (most of us didn't like it anyway), tea, Coke, Pepsi, none of those "brown" drinks.  BUT what most people didn't know back then was that almost all soft drinks have caffeine in them.  Even today,, when all ingredients have to be listed, the only bubbly drinks I know of that aren't caffeinated are 7-UP and Canada Dry ginger ale....AND Champagne.  Hee-hee-heee!

I don't know if hot chocolate was on the forbidden list.  That was a lonnnng time ago.

I've never been interested in Mormonism, but I never did learn to like coffee.  It smells good when it's brewing, but it tastes like dirt to me.

When we played the Utah state Fair in Salt Lake, a bunch of us took the tour of Temple Square, and I had a difficult time not laughing out loud when the guide told us about the "miracle" of the seagulls. Even right out of high school, I knew that the Lake was a remnant of a prehistorical inland sea, and there had always been seagulls in the area.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 24, 2013 at 3:31pm

Ian Mason, that is such good news and I did not know of their efforts. I would far prefer a collaborative project rather than a competitive one. I could never understand school sports competition because it very quickly turned into "rich school vs poverty school". It just didn't make any sense to me then, or now. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 24, 2013 at 3:28pm

Megan S. McGary, What were the factors that made you question the beliefs of Mormonism? Was it questions coming from within you? or challenges from outsiders? Can you describe what age developmental stage you were at when you began to question? 

Comment by Ian Mason on April 24, 2013 at 2:55pm

Joan, do you know of the "West-Eastern Divan orchestra" led by Daniel Barenboim. It's based in Spain but includes Muslim, Jewish and Christian members and was the star of last years Prom season, playing all of Beethoven's 9 symphonies. I have their CD set of the same pieces and the performances are top-notch. This is, of course, music at the flagship, elite level but I've heard of others at a more every-day pitch.  We can only hope for a change in atittudes via culture. I think there are also sports clubs that try to cross the divide and this is also a positive move.

Comment by Megan S. M. on April 24, 2013 at 1:10pm

Debra,

I was raised LDS, my home was very strict in following the rules of the mormon church. I still live in Utah, most people here are mormon. The mind gymnastics people here have to do to believe in that church astound me.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 24, 2013 at 12:56pm

The Power of Music | Playing For Change Foundation

Just imagine a group of youngsters from Israel and Palestine making music together, a cooperative activity, and the better they cooperate the better they will learn how to be a team. Surely, it has already happened, but it makes good sense. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 24, 2013 at 11:52am

Grinning Cat, I like your interpretation!

Debra Stevenson, what drew you to Mormonism in the first place? Your description of some of their beliefs is quite revolting!

booklover, as usua, outstanding photos. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on April 24, 2013 at 11:40am

THE LIBRARY IS NOW SELLING FREE COFFEE FOR $1

I like a friend's explanation: "The coffee is free, the $1 is a tax to defray the cost of replacing books that have had coffee spilled on them.......... :) "

Comment by Megan S. M. on April 24, 2013 at 11:08am

Well one of the definitions of free is

12a : not literal or exact em>free translation>
b : not restricted by or conforming to conventional forms em>free skating>
So maybe they are selling coffee that isn't exactly coffee :p
Comment by Megan S. M. on April 24, 2013 at 11:01am

booklover, you have the cutest cat pictures

 

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