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Celebrating Robert G. Ingersoll, “The Great Agnostic”


By:  @johnrussell, 4 hours ago
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Latest By:  @bob-nelson, an hour ago

Robert G. Ingersoll was born on this day, August 11, in 1833. Ingersoll was a Civil War veteran, a lawyer, an orator, and most importantly a humanist. While never describing himself with that exact label, it’s clear by the spectacular speeches and talks he gave throughout his life that Ingersoll was an early champion of humanist values. He advocated for the political rights of African Americans, women, and the poor. On August 11 we honor him and his dedication to reason, critical... 
 
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This is NOT Complicated, Part 2 ... ... by Bob Nelson


By:  @bob-nelson, 15 hours ago
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Latest By:  @bob-nelson, 15 hours ago

    Nazis are evil.        Associating with Nazis is evil.      Justifying association with Nazis is evil.       ----------------------------------- RED RULES apply: Be polite No insults whatsoever. No insults to particular people, to groups of people, to ideas, ... None! Be smart and stay on-topic Contribute substantive thought. Facts and/or reasoning. One-line zingers and bumper-sticker mantras are by... 
 
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The Clarity of Charity


By:  @enoch, 2 days ago
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Latest By:  @enoch, yesterday

Many extol charity a valued activity. In the Rosh Ha Shanah and Yom Kippur prayer books it is asserted that the Holy One, blessed be, will re-write what is in store for us in the New Year for the sake of three things. Prayer, repentance, and charity. This discussion thread centers on the value of charity. What does it mean to be charitable? Why is it of value? To the Scriptural mindset, there is a verbal connection between being righteous and being charitable. The Hebrew... 
 
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Yes, This is Racism


By:  @calbab, 6 days ago
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Latest By:  @calbab, 2 days ago

August 13, 2017  by John Pavlovitz. When you move that far right, past humanity, past decency, past goodness—you’re something else. As a writer and pastor, my job is to weave together words so that those words will hopefully reach people in their deepest places; to frame the experience of this life in a way that is somehow compelling or creative or interesting, causing them to engage with the world differently than before. But there are times when to do this... 
 
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Who Cares Enough to Seek?


By:  @enoch, 6 days ago
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Latest By:  @enoch, 2 days ago

There is a Chassidic tale about a young boy whom comes into the study of his father, a community Rebbe (Grand Rabbi). The boy is in tears. He only had older boys in his neighborhood with whom to play. They told him to go hide someplace. They would cover their eyes, and count to one hundred. Then they would try to find him. They called the game, "hide and seek". He did as told, delighted the older boys accepted him, and would play with him.  After half an hour, he... 
 
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Jesus the Jew? First Christian? Holy Priest? Sovereign King (of the Jews)?


By:  @calbab, 2 weeks ago
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Latest By:  @calbab, 2 days ago

Jesus Christ is unique in several respects, not the least of which is the fact that in him alone centers the gospel of the grace of God. He has changed the face of history, for in him eternity has invaded time. God has become man, and human life has achieved through his redemption a significance that lifts it above the natural order and fits it for God's fellowship and service. (Wycliffe Bible Dictionary.)  
 
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This is not complicated ... ... by Bob Nelson


By:  @bob-nelson, 4 days ago
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Latest By:  @community, 3 days ago

This is not complicated   1. Neo-Nazis are evil .   2. Defending Neo-Nazis is evil.   3. Justifying Neo-Nazis is evil.   4. Associating with Neo-Nazis is evil.   5. Refusing to recognize that Neo-Nazis are evil is... ... blatantly... ... evil .       Oh... and of course... attempting to justify the evil of Neo-Nazis by saying that there is other evil in the world... ... is not only evil, but egregiously hypocritically duplicitous as... 
 
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Mulder, it’s me (the evidence of signs)


By:  @bob-nelson, 5 days ago
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Latest By:  @enoch, 5 days ago

An odd thing happens whenever one expresses skepticism about any particular claim of miraculous healing. That particularity — specific questions about a specific incident — is abruptly set aside and the topic is quickly changed to a more general discussion of the questioner’s abstract beliefs about the possibility of miracles and healing. Thus, for example, if I say something like, “I see no evidence that Joe Smith’s actual physical ailments were any different after he was... 
 
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Robert Jeffress and ‘The War Prayer’


By:  @bob-nelson, 5 days ago
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Latest By:  @bob-nelson, 5 days ago

In early 2003, “It was a time of great and exalting excitement. The country was up in arms, the war was on, in every breast burned the holy fire of patriotism; the drums were beating, the bands playing, the toy pistols popping, the bunched firecrackers hissing and spluttering; on every hand and far down the receding and fading spread of roofs and balconies a fluttering wilderness of flags flashed in the sun …” That’s from the opening of Mark Twain’s fierce parable, “The War Prayer.”... 
 
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People assume serial killers are atheists


By:  @johnrussell, 2 weeks ago
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Latest By:  @another-fine-mess, 6 days ago

      https://www.axios.com/youre-more-likely-to-assume-a-serial-killer-is-an-atheist-2470310571.html       AP A new study published in Nature Human Behaviour found that people around the world are predisposed to believe that atheists are more likely to be serial killers than religious believers — a bias even held by atheists themselves. By the numbers: The study included 3,256 participants across 13 diverse countries that included highly... 
 
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Do you think I should have an ethical delema?


By:  @randy, one week ago
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Latest By:  @enoch, 6 days ago

I have just put on one of my favorite rock opera films of that category of all time, Jesus Christ Superstar. Now of course I am what's known as a strong atheist. That means that I know that there is no god, but please don't comment about that. I jut happen to love the music and pageantry and production of the film itself. I also feel the same about the film God-spell. Fantastic production and music! Still I remember that I thought I was "saved" at one time when I was in the Ar Force when I... 
 
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DEBATE: Is Gender A Personal Choice?


By:  @calbab, 2 weeks ago
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Latest By:  @calbab, one week ago

[jrEmbed module="jrYouTube" youtube_id="BaKSmvT-D44"]   This Girl Defined video is a vblog by Kristen Clark and Bethany Baird, sisters, lifelong friends, and the founders of Girl Defined Ministries. 1.  From a Christian perspective should you set your personal feelings aside, as these sisters suggest? 2.  These sisters are encouraging a world with only heterosexual values, is that normal? 3.  Are the sisters expressing division, hope, or are they on a glide path to becoming... 
 
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Empty Chairs


By:  @enoch, one week ago
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Latest By:  @enoch, one week ago

I was in the City of Brotherly Love (Philadelphia) this week past. There was a convocation of Chaplains of every type. Each year for the past three decades I was a speaker. This year a key note speaker. Over the years some of us do not make it to the next years gathering. We have tables of empty chairs with name cards at their seats. This is to honor their memory. To show that though gone, they are hardly forgotten. This year my keynote address dealt with empty... 
 
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Do you think I should have an ethical delema?


By:  @randy, one week ago
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hal-a-freeganlujah
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2017/07/22/is-the-u-s-a-christian-nation-not-at-all-and-this-video-explains-why/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=BRSS&utm_campaign=Nonreligious&utm_content=361 Is the United States a Christian Nation? Not in the way conservatives would like to think. We may be majority Christian, but our government is wisely secular. And that’s what the question is really getting at. YouTuber Alex J. O’Connor (a.k.a. CosmicSkeptic) does a nice job running through... 
 
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                            The Roman God Mercury. (In Greek mythology he is called Hermes). He has wings on his head, symbolizing thinking & communication & his feet, symbolizing transportation. In astrology, the planet Mercury rules the sign of Gemini. (Gemini is associated with thinking, speaking, transportation, commerce, etc.). Of course I'm not foolish enough to believe in something as silly as astrology. But if I did... 
 
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DEBATE: Orange County, CA. vs Family of transgender student, 8


By:  @calbab, 2 weeks ago
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Latest By:  @1ofmany, one week ago

Nicole (Nikki) Brar (second from left) , her sister and her parents are seen in a family photo. (Manny Rivera) By Carlos Granda Thursday, August 03, 2017.  As a society, we can't accept such discrimination from any quarter - least of all from a school seeking to deny the identity of one of its students," Mark Rosenbaum, the lead attorney for the Shah Brar family, said in a news release from the law firm Public Counsel. [Bolding Calbab.] According to Public Counsel attorney... 
 
hal-a-lujah
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2017/08/02/christian-activist-same-sex-summer-camps-and-sleepovers-attract-sodomites/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=BRSS&utm_campaign=Nonreligious&utm_content=361 Linda Harvey, the anti–gay activist with the group Mission America, recently reminded us we needed to stop “using the anus as a substitute vagina” because only Satan liked that. Besides being the worst sex ed lesson ever, it also raised an important question: Where would guys even get... 
 
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Men with Pens


By:  @tig, 2 weeks ago
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Latest By:  @no-fear, 2 weeks ago

Virtually everyone agrees that the Holy books of religions (especially the Abrahamic religions) were written by ancient men.   That is, there are no popular claims that God literally wrote these books.   The claim instead is that God (Yahweh, Allah, Jehovah, ...)  inspired  men who then wrote the divine words. A Credible Claim? Most agree that men literally penned the Holy books.   So what persuades us to go one step further and hold these books as the divine words of a perfect God?... 
 
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Job 1:21. Why Mourners Should Praise G-d


By:  @enoch, 2 weeks ago
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Latest By:  @enoch, 2 weeks ago

G-d gave. G-d took. Let the name of G-d be blessed.  So it is written in Job 1:21. Question. When we lose someone very dear to us, why are we asked to bless (praise) G-d just at a point in our lives and emotional state when we least feel like so doing? One answer is this. The more it hurts us when we lose someone, the more they meant to us. It is precisely for the gift of them in our lives that we should bless (praise) G-d for giving us the precious gift of having them in our... 
 
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America was NOT founded on christian principles


By:  @gordy327, 3 weeks ago
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Latest By:  @citizen-kane-473667, 2 weeks ago

I've come across article, discussions, and individuals who proclaim that America was founded on "Christian principles." Often, such claims are made to promote one's own religious beliefs above others or seek to validate those beliefs. Of course, such an assertion is not only based on Christian apologetic nonsense, but it is also factually and historically erroneous. Proponents of the "Christian principle' position may also attempt to quote the founding fathers to support their position. But... 
 
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From deep on the religious right bench to Trump’s all-star team


By:  @bob-nelson, 2 weeks ago
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Latest By:  @raven-wing, 2 weeks ago

The real trouble for Capitol Ministries started in 2009, when Drollinger did … something? … that prompted mass-resignations from his ministry. Everybody who wasn’t Ralph Drollinger fled the sinking ship and formed their own competing Bible-studies-in-state-capitols ministry. --------------------------------- Diana Butler Bass provides a Twitter history lesson  on  that Ralph Drollinger fellow we discussed yesterday . This guy’s a piece of work. A former college basketball... 
 
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Are Human Beings "Fallen" Creatures ?


By:  @johnrussell, 3 weeks ago
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Latest By:  @bob-nelson, 2 weeks ago

ALSO POSTED ON THE GROUP   "RELIGIOUS AND NOT NEWS CHAT"  JOIN THAT GROUP ! https://thenewstalkers.com/gordy327/group/121/religious-and-not-news-chat           Can people ever be all good?  Are we not "fallen" in the sense that our natures are constantly being torn between right and wrong?  The creation myth is that God created human beings in his likeness, but the mere insertion of them from the supernatural (God's home) into the natural (our earthly home) led... 
 
hal-a-freeganlujah
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2017/07/04/pa-city-finally-removes-veterans-memorial-bench-that-denigrated-atheists/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=BRSS&utm_campaign=Nonreligious&utm_content=361 For more than a decade, Justus Park in Oil City, Pennsylvania was home to a bench honoring veterans that read “Men Who Aren’t Governed By God, Will Be Governed By Tyrants.” As if our only options were God or tyranny. It was a slap in the face to atheist veterans — and everyone who... 
 
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Does Trump Religious Freedom Pick Sam Brownback Believe in Dominionism?


By:  @johnrussell, 3 weeks ago
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Latest By:  @calbab, 3 weeks ago

thedailybeast.com Does Trump Religious Freedom Pick Sam Brownback Believe in Dominionism? Jay Michaelson07.28.17 1:00 AM ET   http://www.thedailybeast.com/does-new-religious-freedom-czar-sam-brownback-believe-in-dominionism Kansans will be glad to see the last of Gov. Sam Brownback , whose disastrous supply-side economic policies have turned the state into a dysfunctional “Brownbackistan” with spiraling deficits and public services in tatters. But Brownback,... 
 
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