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Grinning Cat liked Jonathan Tweet's blog post Suffering Versus Faith
Nov 16
Joan Denoo commented on Jonathan Tweet's blog post Suffering Versus Faith
"Of course one does not interrupt the processes that bring comfort to an individual. That would be cruel and unnecessary. Just plain mean spirited. If someone likes prayers, go right ahead ... I won't get in the way.  "I'll pray…"
Nov 16
Bertold Brautigan commented on Jonathan Tweet's blog post Suffering Versus Faith
"I have to agree. I was talking with a friend whom I'd known and admired for his analytical abilities and who'd had a cancer diagnosis. All of a sudden at one point in the conversation he came up with the concept that It's part of…"
Nov 16
Michael Penn commented on Jonathan Tweet's blog post Suffering Versus Faith
"Me too, Daniel. I save it for Nexus then. Imagine a person praying and grieving, or praying because they are sick. It would be wrong timing to tell that person that their belief is imaginary."
Nov 16
Daniel W commented on Jonathan Tweet's blog post Suffering Versus Faith
"Jonathan, I would never tell anyone who is suffering that their prayer is stupid, or that it wont help. I save that for Nexus, and talking about prayer in general. Prayer may be, for some, a form of meditation and gets their serotonin ramped up,…"
Nov 16
Jonathan Tweet commented on Jonathan Tweet's blog post Suffering Versus Faith
"@Laura, it's sad the way that ancient attitudes get justified today. How can people think that the sort of genocide you cite is OK? The way I see it, people can say anything no matter how crazy. Luckily people are a little more circumspect when…"
Nov 16
Jonathan Tweet commented on Jonathan Tweet's blog post Suffering Versus Faith
"@Daniel, thanks for your personal story. That was moving. It's good that you can get some of what you need from participating on those fora. To me, it seems like prayer arises out of the human need to do something, or at least to feel as though…"
Nov 16
Jonathan Tweet commented on Jonathan Tweet's blog post Suffering Versus Faith
"@Michael, yes, everybody suffers. I like atheism because it acknowledges suffering instead of explaining it away.  "
Nov 16
Freethinker31 commented on Jonathan Tweet's blog post Agreeing How to Disagree
"You are a very thoughtful and reasonable man, Jonathan....If anyone could accomplish  the feat of a dialogue with an opponent  without resorting  to slurs and loud, boorish rebuttals,it is you....For most of us however, it will…"
Nov 16
Jonathan Tweet commented on Donald R Barbera's blog post Do Atheists Talk About Anything Other Than God?
"@Michael Pianko, when you evaluate religion, are you ever tempted to exaggerate its flaws and minimize its benefits? Most people in your position would be tempted. If you're tempted, what intellectual disciplines do you follow to prevent…"
Nov 16
Jonathan Tweet commented on Donald R Barbera's blog post Do Atheists Talk About Anything Other Than God?
"My blog post today is about how us-versus-them instincts thwart rational discourse.  http://jonathan-tweet.blogspot.com/2014/11/agreeing-how-to-disagree.html"
Nov 16
Jonathan Tweet commented on Donald R Barbera's blog post Do Atheists Talk About Anything Other Than God?
"Joan, "I would like us to do better, as well. I would like us to be able to stand tall and proud, with head held high, shoulders back, feet planted squarely on the Earth. I would like us to be able to say with complete confidence and…"
Nov 16
Luara commented on Jonathan Tweet's blog post Agreeing How to Disagree
"It's really important to do justice to what one's opponent has got right.  When I see a viewpoint criticizing something, I may mostly agree with the criticisms.  But still, I want to express what of justice there is in…"
Nov 16
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Agreeing How to Disagree

What if atheists could be the world's best disagreers? Daniel Dennett has some good advice. Also, why the traditional debate format is outdated. http://jonathan-tweet.blogspot.com/2014/11/agreeing-how-to-disagree.htmlSee More
Nov 16
Luara commented on Jonathan Tweet's blog post Suffering Versus Faith
"So the group is the one place, the only place, where I can see what's done, how other people manage, and what's in store. That reminds me of the online support I sought out for my delayed-reaction food allergies.  Many people with…"
Nov 11
Daniel W commented on Jonathan Tweet's blog post Suffering Versus Faith
"I am a member of an on-line support group for people who have cancer like mine.  This is a disease that, sooner or later, almost always returns after treatment, and unpredictably, almost randomly, in 1 year, or 2, or more often 5, or, rarely,…"
Nov 11

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Author of Grandmother Fish, the first book to teach evolution to preschoolers. See www.grandmotherfish.com. Veteran game designer of geeky games (D&D 3E, tabletop roleplaying games, trading card games, minis games, etc.). Unitarian Sunday school teacher and coming-of-age mentor.

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Agreeing How to Disagree

Posted on November 16, 2014 at 1:11pm 2 Comments

What if atheists could be the world's best disagreers? Daniel Dennett has some good advice. Also, why the traditional debate format is outdated. 

http://jonathan-tweet.blogspot.com/2014/11/agreeing-how-to-disagree.html

Suffering Versus Faith

Posted on November 9, 2014 at 5:18pm 11 Comments

An ex-minister's story of losing her faith, and the failure of theodicy in a world where people matter. 

http://jonathan-tweet.blogspot.com/2014/11/suffering-versus-faith.html

More Talking About Talking

Posted on November 2, 2014 at 11:39pm 0 Comments

More thoughts about last week's topic: men talking over women.

http://jonathan-tweet.blogspot.com/2014/11/more-talk-about-talking.html

Talking Over Women

Posted on October 26, 2014 at 10:35am 22 Comments

Men talk over women too much. The atheist community would be better if we did that less. Let's do it less.

http://jonathan-tweet.blogspot.com/2014/10/talking-over-women.html

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At 12:25pm on August 19, 2014, Steph S. said…

Greetings! Welcome to the site!

At 3:15pm on August 16, 2014, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…

Welcome,Jonathan ! Glad you could join us. :D

Please consider joining a group to meet people and talk about anything that's on your mind, Hang With Friends.

I also recommend Eco-Logical and Climate Concerns, since the climate is changing so drastically.

After you've searched for topics of interest in "Groups" above and in the "Forums", don't forget to look at recent activity which hides along the right margin of the page all the way at the bottom.

It's always great to see a new member jump right in as you have done.

At 6:21pm on August 15, 2014, Dr. Terence Meaden said…

Greetings Jonathan 

It is good to have you join us.  Welcome to this cheerful friendly Internet community of rationality and peace, common sense and freethinking evidence-based wisdom.    

We invite you to join the busy group "ORIGINS: Universe, Astronomy, Life, Earth, Humans, Religion, Gods, Atheism, Evolution, Darwin..." with 950  discussion topics and 4100 members.  http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/originsuniverselifehumankindanddarwin

There are 1100 groups in Atheist Nexus.  Do go visiting.

Terry

 
 
 

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