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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan 7 hours ago. 8 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 yesterday. 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 on Friday. 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 booklover on June 19, 2014 at 8:09am

I saw that Chris!  It's the Tardigrade that she wants though. lol

Good Morning Friends :)

Comment by Randall Smith on June 19, 2014 at 7:35am

Thanks, Loren, for ruining my day with Satan's (ex VP) photo!  Actually, nothing can ruin my godless day. It's great to be alive. 

Comment by Plinius on June 19, 2014 at 12:57am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmQujwmalfA

My favorite Sisyphus - Pink Floyd.  A good image for the daily struggle, Ian, and my hat off to you.

Tardis was possible too, Mindy; it's Dr. Who's telephone booth for space-time travel. 

I had my ears pierced, just because it was forbidden where I came from. I often wear silver jewelry with inexpensive green stones, but no longer in my ears, because of allergy.

Comment by Ian Mason on June 18, 2014 at 11:33pm

Joan, I like Sisyphus because of the daily labour he represents for me and the strength to keep going with a task no matter how hopeless it seems and with no end in sight. That's what depression is like at its worst. And as you say, success is not the issue. The self-respect that comes from not giving up is. 

Comment by Loren Miller on June 18, 2014 at 8:37pm

Hey!  Betty Bowers did a QUICKIE!  No, not THAT kind of quickie!  A short video featuring the devil ... and some guy in red:

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 18, 2014 at 5:47pm

Ian, I like your symbolism of your memory being carried on through your child. The ankh and daughter's name provides such a good representation of that sentiment. 

Not everyone has children to carry on his or her memories, and even those of us who have children have no guarantee our children know us, especially if one has a history of helplessness or alcoholism.

The legacy one leaves behind is how one thinks and acts in the face of challenges. Were there hurdles one has to overcome? Was one successful in meeting obstructions, or at least making a great effort toward mastering them? 

Some people have no challenges to overcome; others have overwhelming obstacles. When I observe an individual who does not know how to solve problems or resolve conflicts, or who has an addiction that gets in the way of healthy living, and when I observe that person making efforts to overcome whatever is holding him or her back, I feel great sympathy and at the same time, great respect.

The test is not, does one have no problems confronting him or her, but does one take on the obstacle with critical thought and effective action?

Success is not the issue ... to take on the challenge with mind, body and emotion is where fine character lies. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 18, 2014 at 5:27pm

Ian, it is interesting you chose Sisyphus for the other side to represent daily labor against alcoholism and depression. 

Sisyphus did not win victory over his history, but paid the ultimate price of failing throughout all eternity. 

May I offer a Greek god, Zeus, who was victorious over his father who tried to destroy him. He became king of the gods and lived with his brothers and sisters on Mt Olympus. They did battle with Titans with strength restored by nectar “that which overcomes death” and ambrosia upon which the Olympians feasted perpetually. Zeus’ weapon was a thunderbolt and he was victorious over his adversaries. He became known as the dragon slayer, known to punish those that lie and break oaths. 

Zeus becomes a metaphor of one who overcomes adversaries, using his weapon, a thunderbolt to take on his demons.

Comment by Ian Mason on June 18, 2014 at 4:32pm

I've only got one tattoo, an ankh and my daughter's name, on my left (heart side) arm. For me, it represents living on through children, the only "immortality" we can have. I will have grandchildren's names added if and when they turn up. I'm also considering getting one of Sisyphus on the other side to represent my daily labour against alcoholism and depression. I'm quite happy about having them as they mean something to me, they're not some kind of decoration that I'll regret in the future.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4w90iTGBm2o

Comment by booklover on June 18, 2014 at 4:09pm
Yes! Thanks Joan and Grinning for the correct word! It is a Tardigrade (a little sized, but much bigger than their real size! Lol) that she wants tattooed on her ankle. Not a girl that wants flowers or skulls on her. She wants science on her. :)
Comment by Grinning Cat on June 18, 2014 at 3:53pm

And I'm with Carl when it comes to tattoos. I've admired beautiful ones on other people, but for myself I'll pass -- too painful and too permanent.

(Hey... why don't more of the fundamentalist Christian god-botherers denounce tattoos? It violates the very same book of Leviticus they love to quote in other contexts.)

 

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