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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Soren Sagan 8 minutes ago. 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 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 Idaho Spud on October 15, 2013 at 8:24am

Tony, I love the image Sandburg paints when he says "on little cat feet."

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 15, 2013 at 8:22am

Joan, thanks for the Neil deGrasse Tyson video.  I smiled when he  mentioned the blob movie because that one had me up all night when I was a teenager.

Comment by Tony Carroll on October 14, 2013 at 11:13pm

FOG

THE fog comes on little cat feet.

It sits looking over harbor and city        

on silent haunches,and then moves on.

by Carl Sandburg.

Such a wonderfully evocative piece. Very minimalist, yet his full voice strides through, filling up ones thoughts and emotions.

Comment by Steph S. on October 14, 2013 at 10:48pm

Joan sounds like you had a fun weekend.

How is everyone this week?

Anyone doing anything cool?

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 14, 2013 at 10:38pm
ScienceNOW Don't Ask the Expert Neil deGrasse Tyson
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VTm9AIlS2M
I would like to see a science fiction movie scripted by Tyson. Imagination and originality counts.
Comment by booklover on October 14, 2013 at 4:09pm

Comment by booklover on October 14, 2013 at 4:09pm

Joan, what a wonderful weekend!  I love your description.  Your granddaughter is pretty, and your great-grandson adorable! What a neat family you grew!!!! :)  I agree with you about Carl having a generous nature, and no one needing to have so much.  I would love to be able to be more generous with money!  Maybe in time!  I do what I can now. I wish I had the guts to say what you say when someone says "I'll pray for you."

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 14, 2013 at 11:48am

Loren, love you tongue in cheek cartoon and your "wistful and gentle for a Monday morning" music. 

Patricia, great "copy dogs" clip. 

Hi Joseph. By all means, speak up about your beliefs, with concrete examples of why you don't believe superstitions and the dignity and self-respect you receive for yourself, knowing you stand on your own two feet and don't have to imagine some guy-in-the-sky helper available to pull you our of quicksand of one's own making. Why would anyone want to put faith into a belief system and scriptures of a Stone Age people who may have been good goat herders, but without the knowledge of science to help make informed decisions. Frankly, I find the whole religious thing ludicrous nonsense. I just had an experience with faux-religion.  A man living in a small community, a volunteer fire fighter, and a very religious man, suffers from acute leukemia. His church members sent cards and get well greetings as well as "I'll pray for you" messages and many said they would help with remodeling their home to make it easier for his wife to care for him. Not one church member who said they would pray came to help with the many tasks that needed to be done. The volunteer fire district members came, even with kids helping, and completed the job. I don't know if the man thanked god or his fire district members. I hope he made the connection. Cheap grace is no grace as far as I am concerned. I like caustic remarks to people who ask if I have been "saved", i.e. "No! I don't believe in superstitions!" or if they say, "I'll pray for you" I respond, "I'll think for you!" I don't think it is rude to be honest. It is stupid to be timid in such events. I hold no respect for religious thoughts. Others are entitled to their opinions, and not all opinions are equal. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 14, 2013 at 11:31am

Carl, you clearly have a compassionate heart! I can't think of a better way to spend a life; If basic needs are met, there is no reason to live in huge homes, drive expensive cars, have dozens of shoes, or any of the other extravagances one could choose. I really like the simpler life, with lots of laughter. It is the fun that comes with hard work, devotion to family and community that counts. Belonging fills a lot of empty holes in one's life. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 14, 2013 at 11:26am

Mindy, your news of your mother helping with your daughter's education debt reveals her generous and loving nature. However, it is a dirty shame that education debts cost so much and most families can't carry such a load. We desperately need help with education expenses. A rich nation should be able to take on that responsibility ... the whole nation benefits from well educated citizens. I am happy for your daughter and know it will be a big assist in getting her over this bump. 

Our nation grew in wealth and well-being with the education funds available for people returning from military service. 

 

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