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Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by sk8eycat yesterday. 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

Finding Your Roots

Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Patricia on Wednesday. 4 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

Aljam

Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Tuesday. 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 on Sunday. 79 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 21. 5 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

Attacks in Canada Oct. 22nd/14

Started by Patricia. Last reply by The Flying Atheist Nov 20. 4 Replies

This was devastating for us........…Continue

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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.

Comment by Steph S. on November 18, 2012 at 11:27am

Comment by booklover on November 18, 2012 at 7:56am

Comment by booklover on November 18, 2012 at 7:55am

Thanks for the trivia Ian, lol.  Ruth, I love the GIF!  That's really interesting Carl!  I'm sure most xtians don't even know their history.  Just read that "good" (ha!) book, and blindly follow the other sheeple. Love the 2 horns up. :)

I like your rock, paper,scissors cartoon Tony. :)

Steph, shower-cat is hilarious!  My back is better, my son is @ work, daughter is sleeping, and hubby went for a last drive in his Corvette before he has to put it in storage for the winter.  It's not even 8 a.m. yet!  Time for more coffee. 

Enjoy your Sunday everybody~ Melinda

Comment by Tony Carroll on November 18, 2012 at 6:08am

Great stuff FA, I love that kind of stuff.

Ian, Mozart is marvelous. Never had the pleasure of attending an opera, something to continue to look forward to.

Getting ready for work, will be home late, again. Until then, some Sunady funnies. Enjoy.

Ya'll have a fantastic day.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 18, 2012 at 12:37am

Ian, that must have been marvelous.  Mozart's music is fantastic, especially that opera. 

Today I watched the full four-hour PBS Frontline documentary 'From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians.'  (1998)  It was very interesting.  It didn't address the issue of whether Jesus existed or not, but focused on how the beginnings of the christian church started as a sub-group within the Jewish community, which was itself a sub-group within the Roman empire.  Very interesting information about how the current political and social climate influenced each of the gospel writers during the different times they were written, which greatly explains many of the differences, omissions, embellishes and contradictions of each gospel.  (Inspired word of god, my ass!!)

This documentary finishes by just barely delving into the beginning of the fourth century CE when the Roman emperor Constantine converted to Christianity.  It's a sweeping overview of how the early christian church grew and came to power.  A fascinating story that was very engaging.  If you like history and the history of religion, I recommend viewing it.   

I give it two horns up.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 17, 2012 at 11:41pm

Doing fine thanks, Steph. Was at the opera yesterday and saw Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro". A pleasure from begining to end.

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