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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 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 Joan Denoo on November 18, 2012 at 10:33pm

In addition, 

President Nixon's cancelled link between U.S. dollar and gold

My goodness, he really made a difference, didn't he!!!!!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 18, 2012 at 10:19pm

Mike, you answered a question for me. I had to go to my dictionary for definition of iconoclast and didn't understand you until your explanation.

Comment by booklover on November 18, 2012 at 9:55pm

I'm glad we can all brighten each others' day in this great group Joan!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 18, 2012 at 9:38pm

Melinda, you photos make me laugh and tickle my funny bone. A great way to brighten any day. The one with the black and white cats intertwined to make hearts very cleverly says I love you.

Comment by booklover on November 18, 2012 at 9:16pm

lol Joan!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 18, 2012 at 8:11pm

"4 Worms In Church"
Four worms and a lesson to be learned!!!!
A minister decided that a visual demonstration would add emphasis to his Sunday sermon. 
Four worms were placed into four separate jars. 
The first worm was put into a container of alcohol. 
The second worm was put into a container of cigarette smoke. 
The third worm was put into a container of chocolate syrup.. 
The fourth worm was put into a container of good clean soil. 
At the conclusion of the sermon, the Minister reported the following results:
The first worm in alcohol . . . . . . Dead 
The second worm in cigarette smoke . . . Dead 
Third worm in chocolate syrup . . . . Dead
Fourth worm in good clean soil . . . Alive … 
So the Minister asked the congregation, 
"What did you learn from this demonstration?" 
Maxine was sitting in the back, quickly raised her hand and said . . . 
"As long as you drink, smoke and eat chocolate, 

you won't have worms!"

That pretty much ended the service!


Via Cheryl Smith 

Comment by Steph S. on November 18, 2012 at 1:45pm

I love the batman cat booklover - so cute!

Flying Atheist - sounds like an interesting documentary.

Tony - thanks for the picture. Rock paper scissors - funny stuff.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 18, 2012 at 1:13pm

Ian, I saw my first opera (Tales of Hoffman) when I was 13 while visiting relatives in Cincinnati.  A great experience.  Wonderful spectacle.  As an adult, I've had season tickets to the opera on occasion, but that was many years ago.  I still remember having tears in my eyes in the final act of Bellini's 'Norma' when Norma dies.  It was stunningly beautiful and emotional.  

Ian, an interesting tidbit from the documentary:  Paul was against (or, at times, neutral) about circumcision being a requirement for Gentiles (the Pagans) who wanted to join the early Jewish followers of Jesus'.  For Jews, circumcision was a biblical requirement.  The Greco-Roman pagans thought of circumcision as a horrible and appalling practice.  Could Pagans join with Jews in worshiping a Jewish Messiah without having to adhere to all the Mosaic biblical laws?  Paul seemed to think they could.  Of course, this would become just one of many riffs which eventually caused a split between the two groups.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 18, 2012 at 11:42am

The cat/batman pic is hilarious. 

Comment by Ian Mason on November 18, 2012 at 11:40am

I'm a recent convert to opera. Have seen 4, all by Mozart. Figaro is the best. Planning on seeing "Tosca" next year in Feb.

Saw a documentary on the early Xtians a few years ago. They were divided into 2 groups, one in Jerusalem led by James/Jakov "Jesus' brother" and one led by Paul, which had the policy "don't upset the Romans". The Jewish uprising of 67 - 69 CE lead to the crushing of James's faction, leaving a clear field for the Pauline doctrine.

 

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