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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 19 hours ago. 11 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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on October 23, 2013 at 2:03pm

I don't see the response I wrote the other day. so this may be a repeat. 

Steph, Business Cat and I have a lot in common. Love him ... he presents a good theme. Of course, Tree Frog Impression is a keeper! 

Tony, very much like comment with Tyrannosaurus Rex. I also like your response about Schultz, a complex man with insight. 

 

Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on October 23, 2013 at 1:46pm

Comment by Steph S. on October 23, 2013 at 11:47am

Comment by Steph S. on October 23, 2013 at 11:17am

I am proud of Schultz for leaving his faith - I didn't know that about him. I do like peanuts cartoon. I am so glad to know this now - thanks for the cartoon Ian and the pic Tony. I hope everyone is doing good today.

Comment by booklover on October 22, 2013 at 9:43am

Good!

Comment by Tony Carroll on October 22, 2013 at 9:41am

He evolved Melinda. From his Wikipedia article:

Schulz often touched on religious themes in his work, including the classic television cartoon, A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965), which features the character Linus van Pelt quoting the King James Version of the Bible Luke 2:8–14 to explain "what Christmas is all about." In personal interviews Schulz mentioned that Linus represented his spiritual side.

Schulz, reared in the Lutheran faith, had been active in the Church of God as a young adult and then later taught Sunday school at a United Methodist Church. In the 1960s, Robert L. Short interpreted certain themes and conversations in Peanuts as being consistent with parts of Christian theology, and used them as illustrations during his lectures about the gospel, as he explained in his bestselling paperback book, The Gospel According to Peanuts, the first of several books he wrote on religion and Peanuts, and other popular culture items.

From the late 1980s, however, Schulz described himself in interviews as a "secular humanist":[56]

I do not go to church anymore... I guess you might say I've come around to secular humanism, an obligation I believe all humans have to others and the world we live in.[57]

He evolved. Probably not full blown Atheism, but no longer religiously bent as when he was younger.

Comment by booklover on October 22, 2013 at 8:36am

Good ones Ian and Tony!  Steph, business cat is adorable. :)

I'm surprised the writer of "Peanuts" made that comic-strip.  I thought he was religious. 

Comment by Ian Mason on October 22, 2013 at 6:24am

The same way people knew they were living in years B.C Tony?

Comment by Ian Mason on October 22, 2013 at 6:23am

A good summary of faith in all its glory.

Comment by Tony Carroll on October 21, 2013 at 7:56pm

Okay. Who told? The jig is up now. Start the car.

 

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