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What is the purpose of life?

An eternal question, what is the purpose of life?, occupied philosophers’ thoughts throughout history. Stone pictographs reveal even primitive peoples reflected on this query. Each one has the capacity to define his or her personal thinking about politics, economics and religion.

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"Tax Free" - a Music Video by Betty Bowers, Music by Joni Mitchell

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Sunday. 5 Replies

I can hear it now: "Wait a minute!  What is a music video doing in a group called, 'Politics, Economics and Religion?'  Betty Bowers is more about satire and parody than any of those issues.  Shouldn't this be in another group?"And I have to answer…Continue

Tags: church, Tax Free, Joni Mitchell, Betty Bowers

Controversial Recovering From Religion Hotline a Hot Commodity

Started by Bertold Brautigan. Last reply by Loren Miller Apr 30. 4 Replies

According to Valerie Tarico, business is hot and heavy at the new Recovering from Religion Hotline. If so, this is…Continue

Tags: escaping religion

Using the Legal System to Fight Factory Farms - Michele Merkel (TEDxManhattan)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 30. 0 Replies

Think your food and/or farming isn't political?  Think again.  Michele Merkel has been up against the corporate factory farm system, initially with the EPA and later as an independent campaigner when the EPA caved to corporate pressure.  In the…Continue

Tags: EPA, farms, factory, , Michele, Merkel", TED

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Comment by Joan Denoo on October 3, 2012 at 1:19am

"Are Christians Delusional?" Richard Carrier Skepticon 3

Richard Carrier author of "Sense and Goodness without God", "Proving History", and "Not the Impossible Faith". A Ph.D. in ancient history from Columbia University, he specializes in the modern philosophy of naturalism, the origins of Christianity, and the intellectual history of Greece and Rome, and ancient philosophy, science and technology.

Comment by sk8eycat on October 3, 2012 at 12:45am

Greg, I have a problem with that reference about Romans and crucifixion.  the author treats Jesus and Peter as actual people, and their crucifictions as historical events.  There is NO evidence for either.

Yes, the Romans crucified rebellious slaves, pirates, and others.  But there's no historical evidence for those two characters, and Saul/Paul who was the first person to write about Jesus never claimed that he lived and died anywhere on this planet.

I still wonder what would have happened if somebody who was ordered to carry his (or her) own crossbar said, "Up yours!  I'm not carrying that thing!" And stuck to it.  They may have flogged him mercilessly or run him through with a sword, but that would have either given him a quicker death, or left him too weak to carry anything.

Long before the Romans took over Judea, they would break a crucified person's legs as an act of "mercy," so they would die faster.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 2, 2012 at 10:38pm

Timeline for the Crusades and Christian Holy War to c.1350

Is it not interesting that when we discuss religion, discussions of pain, torture, domination, and so much hate whether on the part of those who crucify christians, to those christians who burned, drowned, cut off noses, invaded in the countless Inquisitions. Underlaying all this blood and guts was control, power, greed, egos thinly veiled as devotion to their gods. They believe they are entitled to land, people, treasure and have the right to dominate any who got in their way. 

I don't find stuff like that when I read about agnostics, anti-theists, atheists, Brights, freethinkers, humanists, secular humanists, skeptics, or spiritual humanists. Have you ever read or heard of violent supporters of these beliefs? A lot of them suffer at the hands of theists ... and non-believers certainly have been called all kinds of vile things. 

Maybe we are just too lazy, or disinterested in such values. As for myself, getting up in the morning offers me opportunities beyond imagination, and I go to bed at night satisfied with my day. Perhaps I just have it too easy and don't know those who have a more difficult life than I. I do know I laugh when I think how ridiculous all these theists sound when they prattle.  Perhaps Ihould wear a mask to hide my disdain. 

In the meantime, I had an absolutely delicious bowl of clam chowder today. 

Comment by Loren Miller on October 2, 2012 at 10:02pm

I am I, indeed.

Fuck with me at your peril, because I will FUCK BACK, and I will not be pleasant about it.

Comment by sk8eycat on October 2, 2012 at 8:55pm

Joan, my late friend, Judith Hayes, wrote something about the  story of Jesus having to carry his own cross to the execution site (which is silly for many reasons, mainly because the Romans built the crosses ON site), and the exhortation to new Christians to "take up your cross, and follow Christ."  Plus the morbid Catholic ritual of the Stations of the Cross.

She asked, "What if he had refused to carry the cross?"  "You wanna crucify me?  Fine.  YOU carry the cross."

Imagine...

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 2, 2012 at 8:06pm

Faith is the surrender of the mind

Isn't the religious imperative to surrender, yield, obey, let go-let god, turn the other cheek, crucify yourself in imitation of the crucified christ?

No wonder grown-up problems don't get solved, unresolved conflicts don't get resolved.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 2, 2012 at 12:05pm

A fellow asked me some questions and here are my answers:
"Who are you?" I am I.
"Why are you here?" To participate in life.
"Where are you going to?" I shall dance in star dust, just as you.
"You have nothing to navigate by," I have stars, constellations, electromagnetism, forces of nature.
"because it's all relative to you being the center of the Universe," I am not the center of the universe, I exist in the universe with all that implies. I am part of it all, I exist, not superior to or inferior to anybody or anything, we are all passengers on planet Earth and it is one wondrous ride.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 2, 2012 at 11:39am

Horray! As a Pennsylvanian I celebrate the judicial decision that the voter suppression law here will not take effect here for this election.

Pennsylvania Judge Blocks Voter-ID Law

(The "view interactive" state by state breakdown map didn't work for me.)

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 2, 2012 at 10:38am

Science Bulletins: Learning from Lyme

We can hope or wish or pray, but to find out why so many children have juvenile arthritis we need science. By looking, paying attention, conducting studies we find what causes the disease, how and why. Then we can develop strategies to decrease the risk of children contacting carriers.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 2, 2012 at 2:05am

The Two Major Views About Why Romney is Losing ...

GOP, “a party that’s been taken over by Tea Partiers, nativists, social Darwinists, homophobes, right-wing evangelicals, and a few rich people whose only interest is to become even wealthier.

“Romney’s failing isn’t that he’s a bad candidate. To the contrary, he’s giving this GOP exactly what it wants in a candidate. And that’s exactly the problem for Romney — as it is for every other Republican candidate — because what the GOP wants is not at all what the rest of America wants.”

~ Robert Reich 

 
 
 

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