I first ran across Paul Hawken and his writing in 1977 and have been a fan ever since. I had been watching the economic markets for several years and used an old high school typewriter to record my alarm at what was happening to the economy. Because of what the markets revealed and because of writings by some economist, I began watching for a financial crash, especially in the 1980s when I had my first computer. It sits in my sunroom upstairs, idle for many years and with no services to…Continue
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WE all tend to make fun of the bible because of God and his many miracles....However the expression `throwing the baby out with the bathwater' applies here'......The bible should be renamed the Book of Ancient history......My point is if you take out all references to God and his many miracles, all that is left are stories of real people who actually shaped our lives in many ways......The so called bible gets the dates wrong, but archaeological digs can verify…Continue
We have all had that conversation with friends, family, and even in our own minds have pondered the validity of the "What if you go to Hell?" scenario.
Images of devils, demons, exposed human flesh to flame, faces twisted in torturous poses, evil looking imps in observant reveries of delight. The overall themes being rejection, exile, physically unbearable pain, retribution, and guilt. Through many belief systems, Hell is a common thread that most agree upon.…
There are so many different lakes of so many different colors, I find it hard to pick my favorites. This author choses these eight lakes of different colors.
She didn't pick my very favorite lakes, so far, Croatia's Plitvice…Continue
Added by Joan Denoo on August 18, 2014 at 3:27pm — No Comments
I like to think the U.S.A. is the greatest country in the world. I have heard it said, over and over. However, when I look around at the events and systems that hold our culture together, I know it is not true ... at least not now ... maybe never. We started out as a slave holding nation, which gives lie to the Declaration of Independence; we were founded on the principles of white, male, landowners as citizens, when suggested U.S. isn't a nation of the free, and we only made citizens of…Continue
Human exploitation of nature's water, soil and sky results in degradation of each of these elements; they impact everyone on Earth, causing famines, droughts, diseases, pests, and all forms of political upheavals. Many people can see the degradation and work to reverse the manipulation of resources in harmful ways into observing the water, soil and sky to create a more livable, renewable, sustainable life. One such man is John D. Liu, a photographer. …Continue
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Between the advent of engineered disease, and surreptitious attacks of mind boggling computer viruses that could potentially bring down banking systems globally, it would seem we need to look at everything we…Continue
It's everywhere I go. I remember it being something I witnessed a lot of in grade school, even high school. But, it's especially sad when I see it amongst adults.
Looks like it's a human quality, perhaps given to…
I am proud to be an Atheist and I enjoy discussing various topics on A/N......I may not believe in God or all the fables in the Old or New testament, but some of us do believe in traditions from our culture unrelated to any Theistic belief.....Maybe being Jewish is unique, because it is a rich culture with a very long history as well as being a religious faith......I may have rejected the religious part but certain traditions are important to me because they define who…Continue
We are social animals, with a strong streak of caring for others, especially in time of need. People give generously, and sometimes denying themselves things they need. Those organizations that receive money from the public have an obligation to tell how every cent is spent, including how much it costs them for public relations and salaries.
"Doug White, a nonprofit expert who directs the fundraising management program at Columbia University, praised the Red Cross for dropping its…Continue
Yes! Married men with young girls permissible in Islam.
The tradition and the way that was done by the Prophet Muhammed.
Muhammad bin Abdullah,…
From the moment of my birth, silence has been my enemy. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins all remained silent about the violence in our family. No one spoke the truth, and if they did, they were told by other family members to not speak about it out loud, to remain silent, to act as if nothing terrible was happening.
My family has been my greatest enemy in matters of what was actually happening. To speak out loud, telling my truth meant shunning, scolding, chattering…Continue
God of the gaps means whenever you cannot explain some thing then "god did it." I know of no other thinking process, except superstition, to define it.
Science is all we have. All of life, indeed, all of the universe is so complex we can’t possibly know all the answers. We can observe and describe and think and still we don't have all the answers; we may never know them. It is to rationalize to say “god did it”! How do you…Continue
I watched it begin to happen. In the 1960s I kept track of the numbers and ratios of people living below the poverty line. Both were falling because of the war on poverty, the opening of community colleges for low income people to get a college education, the fair labor laws that protected workers and provided disability…Continue
Recently, I read the book, The God Delusion, by Richard Dawkins. It was very good, as expected, but I don't know if I'm 'as atheist' as Mr. Dawkins, to be honest. *blush* lol
He is very passionate about his views of science and atheism. His main contention being that science proves atheism, it doesn't prove Christianity or any other religion. It doesn't prove that a god exists. His ability to explain this to others is rather remarkable. But, while I'm an…
This definition, misquoted, misunderstood, misused, with many variations in different dictionaries, and as many are aware, has no counterpart in language. i.e. There are no aghost.
Almost since theism was given it's name, so to was the atheist. An understood opposite. Used primarily in a derogatory manner.
Yet for many this is not the case. Maybe for some but that's more of a hard view on it. I see it as any other supernatural phenomena. It's a cool story,…Continue
I wonder if it is theism which is the stumbling block? Or the unwillingness of those involved to give up on a lifetime of ideas, which in many cases, I think due to overwhelming support, is working.
Yes there are those believers for whom belief is strong. However I think the majority are simply adhering to a lifestyle learned from childhood out of fear. Not fear from scripture but fear from family and friends looking down on them. Most I have tried to talk with, are unwilling to…