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Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by booklover Apr 14. 75 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Poem - "Oh, Wait..."

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Luara Apr 11. 7 Replies

Before you ask, no, I didn't write this.  I discovered it in a comment on a Discovermagazine.com piece which…Continue

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Curious: Has anyone read the novel "Christian Nation"?

Started by Brent Feeney. Last reply by Plinius Apr 10. 11 Replies

So I've been thinking about this some lately, and I wanted to see what your thoughts were:I read a novel last fall that was making the rounds of Atheist blogs and what not called "Christian Nation", which is part alternative history and part…Continue

Stop the Religious Right. Four Steps You Can Take, Sean Faircloth.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 9. 2 Replies

Thanks to Grinning Cat via Loren Miller led me to this additional video by Sean Faircloth. He provides positive and powerful examples of thinking and acting. Continue

Science, Atheism & the Joyful Life -- by Sean Faircloth, Richard Dawkins Foundation

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 9. 6 Replies

Some speeches by atheists are factual and practical, dealing with the nuts and bolts of reality.  Some are diatribes against the superstitions we seek to overcome, pointing out the man behind the curtain and the fallacies and snake oil he tries to…Continue

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Bedtime Bible Stories (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 8. 0 Replies

Uh, oh!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, is at it again, THIS time with bedtime stories!  Somehow with her retelling of some of the classics, I'm dubious that her versions would go over with the Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Anderson,…Continue

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Comment by booklover on December 31, 2013 at 7:47pm
Happy New Year Friends! It's only 7:44 p.m. here, but my boring self will be asleep before midnight! The kids are at friends houses and will be staying the night, so I don't have to worry about them driving! My daughter is in Chicago, so say hi to her Carl! Lol.
I really hope we all have a peaceful and nice 2014. xo Mindy
Comment by Steph S. on December 31, 2013 at 7:24pm

Comment by Plinius on December 31, 2013 at 5:41pm

And Happy New Year to you all too! The new year is not yet an hour old, the fireworks are going up, the fumes are rising and the first casualties are in the hospitals and mortuaries - it's really not my idea of a celebration. All the best to you! I'm off to sleep.

Comment by Patricia on December 31, 2013 at 5:29pm

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!

Comment by Plinius on December 30, 2013 at 12:52am

I love the item about DNA, Ian. But the real fundies among them would die first than admit it.

I always looked at the Noah's Ark story as a blow-up of a local thing. Bronze Age farmers didn't travel very far - so if your small valley flooded and you escaped with the family, the goats and a few chickens on a raft...

Comment by Ian Mason on December 30, 2013 at 12:25am

Looks like a good book, SST. As far as I understand things the Hebrews were nomadic herders who wandered as far as Egypt in times of drought simply because of the Nile river. They must have reached a cultural high point at some time though. The temple is proof of that. Also saw a Nat Geo documentary some years ago that said, r.e. DNA, Israelis and Palestinians are basically the same people.

Comment by sk8eycat on December 29, 2013 at 11:08pm

@Secular School Teacher: I MUST get my paws on that book!  I have read in several different sources that the Israelites were never enslaved by the Egyptians, and that the Exodus never happened. The stories of the plagues are just ridiculous...almost as dumb as Noah's Ark (How did 8 people feed and clean up after all those animals? I asked that question in Sunday school when I was about 6 or 7, and got a hell of a tongue-lashing from the teacher, but she couldn't give me a reasonable answer.)

As far back as the 19th century there were speculations that the whole story was a myth, or propaganda, and that Jericho hadn't even been established at the time that "Joshua (suposedly) fit de battle."

I have also read that the "City" of Nazareth didn't exist until late in the 1st Century, or early in the 2nd Century CE.  Whoever wrote Matthew (I think it was that book) was trying to fit his story to "prophecies" in the OT, and one of them hinted that a hero or messiah would be a "Nazarite," which was some sort of religious sect, not a citizen from a town in Galilee.

The writers of those novelettes were as ignorant as the people who still believe those stories today.  Flat-Earthers.

Comment by booklover on December 29, 2013 at 7:28pm

Thanks for posting that story SST.  Interesting! :)

Comment by Secular School Teacher on December 29, 2013 at 7:23pm

How Archaeology Disproves the four foundational stories of the Bible
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/12/24/1265119/-How-Archaeology-D...

Comment by Patricia on December 29, 2013 at 2:39pm

I always thought news people had to ask permission too, but in this town?????.......who knows.

We're both pretty well known here, even by people we don't know, just by what we do. My husband always walks to & from town (after his stroke ruined his peripheral vision for driving) & before his heart got really bad, he'd be carrying things like lumber or some other big thing home on his shoulders.

I walked everywhere (before my body made a different decision) with a personal shopping cart, fairly distinctive hats, & usually something purple somewhere on me. I never did drive.

Now with arthritis & fibromyalgia interfering, I can't walk for more than about 15 minutes, so city bus, go-bus or rides from neighbors are my modes.

This town isn't big, so we're known by description more often than by name. 

 

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