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Is a picture worth a thousand words?

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Donald R Barbera commented on Donald R Barbera's blog post Theodicy and the Black Experience
"It as good a "viewpoint" anybody else's. I agree with you on the god deal. I knew about Thor, Odin and Koki before I was ten years old. I also knew about Zeus and Hera. I was a comic book reader at an early age and learned as a…"
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Sentient Biped commented on Donald R Barbera's blog post Theodicy and the Black Experience
"This inspired me to read up a bit on theodicy.  I dont understand it any better than I did.  I guess it was my upbringing - I was not taught that the Christian god was wholly good.  In fact, I never saw a bible verse that said that,…"
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Donald R Barbera replied to MattyLJ's discussion Are you clean and organized?
"I guess I am a bit anal, but I see myself as quite messy. On the job I a different Donald."
Saturday
Donald R Barbera replied to Vangelis's discussion The Sickness has Spread to Australia
"You're right! I guess there are a lot of crap holes in the world. I think the Middle East has to rank among the top ten."
Saturday
Donald R Barbera replied to George Kittrell's discussion Texas A&M adds prayer before football games.
"Like you I am hardly surprised. I live in Texas and nothing that once housed Southern Democrats seems unusual. Despite it's terrible crime record, education record, having the most uninsured population in the United States, owning the record…"
Friday
Donald R Barbera replied to Vangelis's discussion The Sickness has Spread to Australia
"It is what it is. Perhaps, you like this one--if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, then it is a duck. I think Sentient summed it up quite well. You can't categorize every Arab, Muslim or Middle Easterner as a whacko. However, it is…"
Friday
Michael Penn commented on Donald R Barbera's blog post Theodicy and the Black Experience
"I think the book would be a good read, but I keep holding out for someone to write "Why Good Things Happen To Bad People." That might be coz there's no god keeping score."
Friday
Sentient Biped commented on Donald R Barbera's blog post Theodicy and the Black Experience
"It seemed like the church I grew up in was mostly an "Us Club".  I don't know how close it was to the 80/20 rule, and never kept up with people after I left.  They were mostly assholes, with some nice people mixed in - maybe…"
Friday
Donald R Barbera replied to MattyLJ's discussion Are you clean and organized?
"Unfortunately, I am a  slob. When it comes to home, but only certain can I put up with. I like things organized, even the stuff I throw on the floor. So, I usually pick it up after a few minutes. If you came in my house you'd probably…"
Friday
Donald R Barbera commented on Donald R Barbera's blog post Theodicy and the Black Experience
"I agree. I guess I don't give a crap one or another. That said, I firmly believe that in the black community, church is more of a social club than a place praising God. I wish I had the time and money to work with a church to see how…"
Thursday
Sentient Biped commented on Donald R Barbera's blog post Theodicy and the Black Experience
"Thanks for the review. It seems the bottom line is, theologically there is no support for a god who cares about the oppressed? I dont have patience for theology. You are more patient than I am. I wonder, if not for black churches, and the…"
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Theodicy and the Black Experience

Why Lord?: Suffering and Evil in Black Theology—Anthony Pinn—Theodicy has to do with suffering under a loving and benevolent God. It is a difficult subject because it challenges why bad things sometimes happen to good people. This book will not make it any better, but you will see that someone is at least trying to explain it in a religious context.As Harvard University’s Humanist Chaplaincy “Humanist of the Year" in 2006, Pinn provides a clear look at the idea of an omnibenevolent god who…See More
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Donald R Barbera replied to scott martins's discussion IS EVERYBODY 100% POSITIVE THERE IS NO GOD?
"If I were to say that I was 99% sure, then I would be lying. However, I can say that I don't know and that I doubt it. However, my position is that I don't care.It is not even a topic I discuss because I see no merit in it except for…"
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Donald R Barbera commented on Donald R Barbera's blog post Adultery: Finished Draft from Preach vs. Practice by Don R Barbera
"Joan--Sorry I've taken so long to respond. I agree with you totally and it is good to see that you work with religious organizations because you have the same interests even though your beliefs are different. Religious bodies have been…"
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Joan Denoo commented on Donald R Barbera's blog post Adultery: Finished Draft from Preach vs. Practice by Don R Barbera
"Yes, divorce is tough on kids, economically, as well as loss of a father figure in too many cases. I developed a program through the YWCA with a Roman Catholic nun. We didn't have religion in common, but we both wanted to prepare girls for the…"
Sep 9
Donald R Barbera commented on Donald R Barbera's blog post Who the Hell is Michael Sam?
"Of course it is. That's the entire point of the piece in the first place. When I have to explain it, I didn't succeed. The entire article is written with a tongue in cheek attitude that is mocking the big, sweaty hulking manly men who…"
Sep 8

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Theodicy and the Black Experience

Posted on September 18, 2014 at 2:00pm 6 Comments

Why Lord?: Suffering and Evil in Black Theology—Anthony Pinn—Theodicy has to do with suffering under a loving and benevolent God. It is a difficult subject because it challenges why bad things sometimes happen to good people. This book will not make it any better, but you will see that someone is at least trying to explain it in a religious context.

As Harvard University’s Humanist Chaplaincy “Humanist of the Year" in 2006, Pinn provides a clear look at the idea of…

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Who the Hell is Michael Sam?

Posted on September 4, 2014 at 12:00am 8 Comments

Before his announcement of being homosexual Michael Sam was an ordinary football player and the emphasis was on “ordinary.” However, he was ordinary enough to be selected in the NFL draft. While no guarantee that he would ever become a member of any team he was good enough to be selected. So, what is so special about…

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Putting the Cart Before the Horse

Posted on August 21, 2014 at 11:00am 6 Comments



Time and time again when speaking of atheists, the question of whether one can be moral and upright without God and/or religion unfailingly comes up. For years, I have believed that the…

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Things That Make You Go Hmmm . . . (Humor)

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 5:30am 4 Comments

Have you ever asked yourself why we do things? Why do we do things that irritate others? What is it we do or say that make other laugh. Have you ever wondered why the most embarrassing things always happen when you think no one is around? Why? The following are just a few things that make us wonder what people are thinking.…

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Nipples, Nipples, Nipples

Posted on July 20, 2014 at 8:00pm 7 Comments

There, I’ve said it. Outside of a conversation on breast feeding, nipples seem to be off limits for television. Recently, a television show featuring reconstructive surgery featured breast augmentation among other procedures aired on The Learning Channel. Breasts of all shapes, sizes and colors filled the screen, but…

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At 11:18am on January 21, 2014, Luara said…

Hi Don,

You said you would be interested in seeing what I come up with in reading about delayed food allergies.  I just posted a blog post on the likely mechanism of my kind of delayed food allergies.  With tons of references!

At 1:00pm on December 4, 2013, Luara said…

Don,

Maybe you would be interested in my review of the Manual for Creating Atheists.

At 1:25pm on December 1, 2013, Luara said…

You might be interested in my review of Carl Hart's book High Price.Laura

At 8:58am on November 28, 2013, Sentient Biped said…
Don have a happy Thanksgiving!
At 11:11pm on January 7, 2013, Sentient Biped said…

Here is my review of King Leopold's Ghost.  If you are interested.  I thought of your book reviews when I wrote this.

At 2:46pm on August 22, 2012, Harlem Humanists said…

Thanks for reaching out to us. It'd be great if you could visit us some time that you're in NYC. 

At 1:36pm on July 26, 2012, Tammy S said…

Thanks for the add Donald, I really enjoy your postings!

At 11:43am on July 26, 2012, Steph S. said…

Thanks for the email Donald -  I always enjoy your writing.

Hope you have a great day!

At 12:41pm on March 22, 2012, Sentient Biped said…

New group, in case you are interested.  I always read your thoughtful posts with great enthusiasm and interest:

Justice For All

Justice For All

Atheists have our own ideas about what is just and what is unjust.  This group will explore the elusive concept of justice.  Topics include racial injustice, death penalty, imprisonment, crime, and other aspects of justice in modern society and in history.  Without gods, what is the basis for justice?  What do humanists and others say about justice?  What do you think about current controversies and cases regarding justice or injustice?

At 4:03pm on February 22, 2012, Steph S. said…

Glad to hear you are doing better. My thoughts are with you.

 
 
 

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