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Seeing Things (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Thursday. 2 Replies

TheraminTrees doesn't release videos very often these days,  but when he does, they are positive GEMS.  Most recent of his works is the following, wherein he dismantles some of the common rebuttals atheist get from believers when we assert our…Continue

Tags: seeing things, YouTube, TheraminTrees

Let's not define ourselves or others by our worst behaviors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Feb 15. 4 Replies

My take on the recent melt down at Hang With Friends, of which I missed part, is that some of us were tripped up by a habit of thought. It's something we learn growing up, and use without realizing how much pain it can generate -  failing to…Continue

Tags: dispute at Hang With Friends

You'll NEVER Guess Who Just Showed Up on Mr. Deity!!!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Feb 14. 11 Replies

I don't believe this one either, but ... well, here it is: And would you believe - Mr. D made me laugh!  RD, that is!Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Mr. Deity

Seth Andrews' Rebuttal to "10 Women Christian Men Shouldn't Marry" (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Feb 6. 20 Replies

It seems as though some numb-nuts New York pastor by the name of Stephen Kim has written two marriage advice pieces for christian men and women.  Not surprisingly, his suggestions come straight out of his never-fail magic book.  Seth Andrews of The…Continue

Tags: advice, marriage, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Stephen Kim

Seth Andrews' New Book, "Sacred Cows" (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Feb 6. 7 Replies

For the last few podcasts, Seth Andrews has been alluding to a new literary effort he's been working on.  Well, the cat is out of the bag ... or perhaps I should say, the cow is out of the barn!  Seth's new opus is entitled: Sacred Cows: a…Continue

Tags: book, Sacred Cows, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Living in the Answers

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Patricia Jan 18. 13 Replies

I am weary of those who declare they understand all the answers to the creation of the universe and Earth. They claim they know the answers to the questions of life, meaning, death, and the afterlife. Those with all the answer speak with confidence,…Continue

Tags: confidence, education, government, family, afterlife

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Comment by Steph S. on November 24, 2012 at 10:09pm

Comment by Steph S. on November 24, 2012 at 11:02am

Comment by Steph S. on November 24, 2012 at 10:58am

Love the Secular Celebrations you posted Joan.

Winter Solstice is coming up.

That's really funny LOLcat booklover. You post the cutest lols.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 24, 2012 at 9:48am

Simply put.......beautiful words, Joan.  Thanks for posting.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 24, 2012 at 2:07am

Ian, a Harvest Home sounds perfect. 4th quarter would fit as the end of harvest arrives and preparation for winter begins. In my garden, it also means the end of drying, canning and freezing, a terribly busy time and one that leaves me exhausted. For me, dormancy begins after the final dishes are washed and put away after a huge dinner with family and friends. 

Comment by Ian Mason on November 24, 2012 at 1:05am

Very, very well put, Joan. Can I put in a word for celebrating a "Harvest Home", placed wherever it fits in the local culture?

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 24, 2012 at 12:50am

Winter Solstice 

December 20-21

Shortest Day

1sr Cross Quarter

February 4

Mid Winter Day

Spring Equinox 

March 20

Equal Spring Day

2nd Cross Quarter 

May 4

Mid Spring Day

Summer Solstice 

June 20-21

Longest Day

3rd Cross Quarter 

August 6

Mid Summer Day

Autumn Equinox 

September

Equal Autumn Day

4th Cross Quarter 

November 6

Mid Autumn Day

Let the celebrating begin with Secular Celebrations!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 23, 2012 at 11:41pm

Looking to positive, healthy, enriching, flourishing concepts that we can move toward: 

Celebrate the original "reason for the season", the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere with it's cycle of short days and long nights. 

Trees provide joy in our homes with their fragrant reminder of life all around us: birthing, living, and dying as part of the process of living.

Festive lights and candles sparkle away gloom and darkness of mid-winter, revealing the contemplative consciousness of eternal needs and quiet desires. 

Meals prepared by loving hands and community reminds us of the importance of family and being part of something incredibly huge and life sustaining.  Food on our tables also reminds us of the horrible reality of world hunger that can be solved with community effort and spirt. All hunger is political and can be cured. 

Music enriches our lives, touching a place inside us that can be touched by nothing else. It is that personal, quiet, eternal longing for harmony with others. 

The Wheel of the Year puts seasons into perspective of times for planting, tending, harvesting, resting, and perceiving beyond ourselves toward the Earth and the Universe in which it resides. All our good celebrations reflect those elements that come to us without our effort and even without our knowledge sometimes. 

May justice and peace come to all because of our understanding that we all exist on this planet as participants in life. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 23, 2012 at 10:33pm

I could not get my Thanksgiving message through either. So, a belated greeting to all my Atheist Nexus friends, with special thanks for all your ideas, comments, reflections, and looking to positive, healthy, enriching, flourishing concepts that we can move toward and hopefully inspire others to learn. 

Comment by Steph S. on November 23, 2012 at 7:36pm

 

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