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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 Napoleon Bonaparte on April 25, 2013 at 3:34am

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 25, 2013 at 2:52am

Ian Mason, you led me on a most interesting search for West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. I made up a playlist, and am working on another on this exceptional group. This is exactly what I meant when I described my desire. There is an old saying that change won't occur until the last coffin of the last generation is covered with dirt. Well, here is a new generation coming on, and I hope we can find a way to convince them warring is not the answer to anything and here is one alternative. West-Eastern Divan Orchestra certainly makes a start. Here is the first playlist:

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

http://www.west-eastern-divan.org/videos/ 

Conductor-pianist Daniel Barenboim (who made headlines performing Wagner in Israel) and the late Palestinian-American intellectual Edward Said, co-founded the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra as “a human laboratory" to reveal to the whole world how to participate with each other.

 

The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, an ensemble of musicians between the ages of 15 and 36, established in 1999, is made up of young musicians from countries engaged in war. The orchestra includes musicians from Israel, Palestine, Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Iran and Spain.

 

The word “Divan” comes from a collection of Persian, Arabic, and a suite of poems about the Middle East by Goethe. It also is the name for a couch. It refers to the privy council of the Ottoman Empire,

 

Barenboim and Said brought young Middle Eastern artists together who might not, outside of their music-making, feel comfortable sitting together.

 

The work can be seen as a symbol for stimulating exchange and mixture between Orient and Occident. The word "west-eastern" does not only refer to German-Middle-eastern, but also Latin-Persian and Christian-Muslim. It mirrors the attempt to bring together Orient and Occident.

 

Ending of “Knowledge is the Beginning”

http://www.mvly.com/articles/2008/08/the-ramallah-concert-knowledge...

 

 

 

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on April 24, 2013 at 11:14pm

Ruth, your cats here fit my mom's description well: sovereign kingdoms with tails.

She occasionally called them self-emptying mouse traps.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 24, 2013 at 11:06pm

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 24, 2013 at 11:04pm

Hi, all. I'm a new fan of shironeko cat.

Comment by Megan S. M. on April 24, 2013 at 6:28pm

Heh.. maybe I am still a bit of a literalist, need to break that...

Personally I love coffee, but only if it's good quality stuff... or has a ton of milk and chocolate in it :3

Comment by Megan S. M. on April 24, 2013 at 6:22pm

Joan, do you want a long or a short answer?

The short: The questions came from within me as a young teen about the contradictions/illogicality of the teaching of the LDS church.

I'd be happy to elaborate, but it would be kinda long and idk if the comment wall is the best place to put it.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on April 24, 2013 at 5:48pm

Okay, Grinning Cat isn't a literalist!!!

About coffee's taste. When I went into the Navy the old salts (Navy lifers) told me that if I don't drink coffee I couldn't go on coffee breaks. To make coffee, they threw several handfuls of coffee grounds into about ten gallons of water and put the business end of a steam hose into the pail until the concoction boiled. New and naive, I learned to drink coffee but only with four spoonfuls of sugar.

Comment by booklover on April 24, 2013 at 5:47pm

I never thought of that Tom, but I think you're right!  A biblical literalist?  Not I!  I'm a lifelong Atheist. :)

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on April 24, 2013 at 5:31pm

Free coffee for a dollar, and the explanations below?

We have a few literalists here. (Former biblical literalists????)

"Free Coffee for a Dollar" metaphorically criticizes the people in government who are giving libraries less taxpayer money--making those who use services pay.

 

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