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brentan comments on Jul 30, 2018:
Every so often I leave my computer and venture back into the 'real' world. I get reminded very quick why I left it and go back to my computer.
This came up in conversation, one of my more favorite tidbits about human evolution, from a favorite...
brentan comments on Jul 30, 2018:
OK. That is seriously fascinating!
Are the odds actually in favor of the notion of a creator , at least as a creator of us , us ...
brentan comments on Jul 30, 2018:
Such a difficult question. What was the Prime Mover? Did the universe need one? Were the Anunnaki the aliens who travelled to earth and created people to do their work for them? My belief is the universe always existed. I think that is what we can't get our heads around. The question has been changed into believers trying to get their heads around God always existing.
I do not understand why this country thinks Socialism is so bad.
brentan comments on Jul 30, 2018:
I thought social democracy with Keynesian economics was an ideal compromise in society. I hear that that economic model won't work in today's free-market economy.
Watch This Ex-Evangelical Explain Why She Finally Gave Up Her Belief in God – Friendly Atheist
brentan comments on Jul 30, 2018:
She's hot! A formidable woman.
This is what greeted me when I came home today. They always take my breath away.
brentan comments on Jul 30, 2018:
Wonderful sight.
Stephen King: 'My Imagination Was Very Active — Even At A Young Age' : NPR
brentan comments on Jul 30, 2018:
I loved the human element in his stories.
Jeff Sessions announces a ‘Religious Liberty Task Force’ to protect hate groups / LGBTQ Nation
brentan comments on Jul 30, 2018:
....and liberty for all. The freedom to buy a gay cake. The freedom to refuse to add a message to the cake that goes against your conscience. This reminds me of how better it is to solve marital disputes without lawyers. In a similar vein, it would help to resolve differences without support organisations. Compromise is key.
I would like to meet friends.
brentan comments on Jul 30, 2018:
Hi there. You're very welcome!
It's Emily Bronte's two hundredth birthday today.
brentan comments on Jul 30, 2018:
Great story. Weird and wonderful family.
Me and my mate Brendan on fiddle [soundcloud.com]
brentan comments on Jul 30, 2018:
I enjoyed that. Very adventurous.
Reality, what is it?
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
I guess it all started with people believing gods lived inside that reality. Then they pushed the gods outside. Then the number was reduced.
People don't need RELIGION, religion needs people.
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
Yes indeed! Religion is looking very silly in my country these days what with all its institutions but no people.
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brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
That was great fun!
This is perfect!! [youtube.com]
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
Very well done!
Dealing with "church folk"
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
They're there to test your faith!
Well I finally filled out my profile questionnaire.
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
Lol. Messing with the profile might have disastrous results.
How many people are still experiencing blistering heat?
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
Second day of rain today, very badly needed.
First time trying this site.
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
Hello and welcome.
I love the quote " It is not a measure of good psychological health to be well adjusted to a ...
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
I think a lot of people get through the day self-medicating with drugs or alcohol. I'm old-school so I had nervous breakdowns.
How many of you agree? We don't need a religion
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
I fear that there is a problem, a malaise in Western society since the decline of religion.
New to non belief.
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
See what she makes of 1 Corinthians 7:14-16.
Is our nation under god or is this country supposed to be secular............incongruency?
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
It's time for a clarification.
Finished reading the book A New Reality: Human Evolution for a Sustainable Future by Dr Jonathan ...
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
It's good to hear something positive, or at least hopeful. I believe Steven Pinker's new book is quite positive too about how things are going these days.
It can be so exhausting to give a damn, can't it?
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
And remember - no good deed goes unpunished.
Day 2 of studying about computers via reading a textbook.
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
So that's what has the world so polarised these days - darn binaries. You're either 0 or 1, on or off, right or wrong.
Did anyone make it to church today??? I missed it again ;)
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
The devil made you do it!
Trump threatens U.S. government shutdown over border wall
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
That's totally unnecessary. The Mexicans are going to pay for it.
Free time I’ve decided that hard work is the bane of philosophy.
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
An unconsidered life is not one worth living, Socrates said. I wonder is he right? And thinking constantly about life can be downer if it's not balanced with more immediate needs. Work can be healthy that way, if it's not one of those jobs better suited to a robot. I don't work anymore so I find things like cooking a great escape from deep thinking.
Big butt women are smarter and healthier [tinnuochan.com]
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
Lovely to snuggle up to, especially in winter.
Jews, Christians and Muslims really have no clue how much of a dick they make their god out to be.
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
We thought he was a good guy.
Former 25 year president of the National Secular Society gives scathing critique on competence of ...
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
The 'best' excuse I ever heard for God doing nothing for so long is that he has to prove Satan wrong about how humans should live. We're the collateral damage along the way.
Ok. Who went to church today? ??????
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
Sunday is my day of rest, just like every other day.
Success is delayed failure
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
Oh dear, a meme.
That will get you moving..lol
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
It would get my bowels moving!
Jim Jefferies - Atheism - YouTube
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
He's very witty. But when he says religion is slowing us down, I wonder is it certain we are being slowed down on our way to utopia?
Just for laughs...
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
That says it all, really!
City's famous statue, End of the Trail.
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
It's very sad - the end of an age. So much for manifest destiny.
I wonder about the connection of spirituality and reincarnation with nature?
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
Me too. I think we might become part of cosmic consciousness when we die but I doubt if it is in any unified form. I think reincarnation might just the rebirth of sundry old elements that come from different entities that had different forms of consciousness at different times in history.
I'm never doing that...
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
My father would always turn everything electrical off at night and also pull the plugs out of their sockets. Now its part of my routine. I wonder is it just safety-conscious or a bit OCD.
The great Matt Dillahunty calling the god of the Bible stupid
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
Nonetheless, the Bible has lasted a very long time!
Woo-hoo! It ONLY took me 7 months to hit level 6!
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
Don't believe the people who say it doesn't matter!
I think I just posted the last personal post I'll ever post to facebook.
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
I was pointed towards Dostoevsky by Jordon Peterson who, like Dostoevsky, discusses important ideas from the mid-ground. I can't recommend his YouTube lectures highly enough.
Hi, just joined. Hope all are well!
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
Hello and welcome to the forum!
I'm posing nude for an art class tonight.
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
That's inspiring. It's just how the Great Potter in the sky made you!
A slightly tongue in cheek account of growing up in the North of England post WWII-John Howarth with...
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
Great fun - loved the old photos!
Have you ever seen a movie that you wished you never seen?
brentan comments on Jul 28, 2018:
Wise Blood.
Why Beer is better than Jesus:
brentan comments on Jul 28, 2018:
Beer forgives me my sins (at least temporarily).
If this isn't my future, then I want a divorce already.
brentan comments on Jul 28, 2018:
This is where love comes in. It's the beautiful je ne sais pas that makes us look good to our partners despite our imperfections.
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brentan comments on Jul 28, 2018:
I think that unless you have had an unbelievably dreadful day, gratitude is the best platitude.
Humanists, both religious and atheist, talk about the ‘dignity’ or ‘value’ or ‘worth’ or...
brentan comments on Jul 28, 2018:
The Western concept of human dignity comes from our Judeo-Christian culture, which was faith in a certain god and the doctrinal belief that man was made in the image of god. It is a tremendous concept, a belief that elevates imperfect man to such a high status.
Once, I met a girl I liked, but she was different.
brentan comments on Jul 28, 2018:
I guess we've a long way to go to understand the biochemical nature of that type of attraction. It might be related to the biochemical nature of the sixth sense.
Sanjay Gupta Believes Marijuana Can Ease Pain of Women's Breast Cancer
brentan comments on Jul 28, 2018:
There is, I think, a moral imperative swelling up that will eventually swamp the pharmaceutical industry's monopoly on medication. The curious thing is that the illnesses best served by cannabis derivatives are not alternatives to mainstream medicine. Mainstream medicine has nothing to offer. I hope the law changes very fast everywhere to put an end to unnecessary suffering.
I started the day in a funk.
brentan comments on Jul 28, 2018:
That sounds like a good thing to me!
I recommend this book.
brentan comments on Jul 28, 2018:
It's a very gritty book. There's lots of ugliness in it, as it reflects much of human life, which has been described in the past as 'nasty, brutish and short'. To its credit, there is much beauty in it too, from the psalms, the Song of Solomon, King Solomon's dedication prayer in the temple and the apostle Paul's aspirational letters.
Hey everyone I would like the opportunity to get to know you.
brentan comments on Jul 28, 2018:
Likewise, Tim. Welcome aboard!
General locations
brentan comments on Jul 28, 2018:
I see everyone. I use a Windows laptop. Maybe apps on an android device work differently?
A little laugh to the ex-Jehova’s Witness or people who understand JWs and Mormons.
brentan comments on Jul 28, 2018:
'Your territory' lol and the competition are poachers, I suppose. Bless 'em with their maps and return visits and monthly reports. What would Christ have made of the bureaucracy?
SUN AND SHADOW The child in me remembers, In cool of early morning, bare feet planted in grass ...
brentan comments on Jul 28, 2018:
Well done!
Well, I don't usually post any of my poetry that hints at sensuality, but .
brentan comments on Jul 28, 2018:
That's brief and (races) to the point.
Just wonder.. is it really story tha JW do pedophile?
brentan comments on Jul 28, 2018:
It's all of them.
There is a new group on Agnostic.
brentan comments on Jul 27, 2018:
That's a great idea!
Which do you think woudl be more likely...
brentan comments on Jul 27, 2018:
I think if we were visited by aliens from a different world, it would be the Anunnaki. They are the only ones I've ever heard about who came to earth.
In the U.
brentan comments on Jul 27, 2018:
I watched a beautiful and very sad movie yesterday called Goodbye Christopher Robin. It's about the creation of the Winnie-the-Pooh stories but it is also about England after WW2. A trip down memory lane might be medicinal. England seems to be suffering the same malaise as many other countries, including my own. I put it down to a loss of spirituality, having tossed away religion and replacing it with nothing but love of money. While I'm sorry for immigrants, I honestly feel uncontrolled immigration will rob England of its culture. Right now, I can't think of any other alternative to religion than culture.
Bigot for the left
brentan comments on Jul 27, 2018:
Antifa is an example of extreme bigotry - authoritarian, violent, toxic.
If you were a god, what would you do?
brentan comments on Jul 27, 2018:
I would insist on fair play on a global level. I would explain how to achieve it. Right now, as a human bean, I haven't the foggiest idea.
Jordan Peterson has the peculiar notion that "good people" who say they are atheists only THINK they...
brentan comments on Jul 27, 2018:
Peterson believes that we have got our morals and values from the Judeo-Christian tradition. In my case, he is definitely correct. In the discussion with Matt Dillahunty, Peterson claimed that genuine atheists would all become like Rashkolnikov in Crime and Punishment. There is no reason to believe that at present, even though I perceive an animal nature coming to the fore in my own country since the loss of faith in Catholicism.
It does seem so
brentan comments on Jul 27, 2018:
Can you really picture people sitting down around a table at a conference and actually saying this? It would involve mentalities that are cynical and depraved to an extreme degree. Or perhaps they see the multitudes as ignorant masses that need to be controlled for their own good and the good of the world.
Love this song. [youtu.be]
brentan comments on Jul 27, 2018:
It has a 'Cat's In The Cradle' feel to it. I must admit I'm puzzled by it. Is it a juxtaposition between fitting in or following dreams, and maybe the cost attached to each choice?
Anyone else wonder if Mike Pence got on the ticket because he was betting that Trump would find a ...
brentan comments on Jul 27, 2018:
It would be interesting to see how someone with huge political power would apply the principles in the Gospels during his office.
- YouTube
brentan comments on Jul 27, 2018:
I think it must be very hard to have a great brain.
Write to me if you want to be friends? I looking for love! Vernon
brentan comments on Jul 27, 2018:
Well done for not beating about the bush! Best of luck!
Eu chief used bright, simple flash cards to explain trade war to trump: report
brentan comments on Jul 27, 2018:
Trump seems to be a master of creating issues only to solve them. I think it's that trick of thesis, antithesis and synthesis.
Do I have your vote?? (and PLEASE don't get offended my goshhh)
brentan comments on Jul 27, 2018:
Kanye for president! He'll sort out the victim mentality over there.
The only thing that i miss about a relationship is having someone to lay in bed with.
brentan comments on Jul 27, 2018:
Spooning was nice. Having the covers stolen from me was not.
Here for communityâš›?
brentan comments on Jul 27, 2018:
Hello. Welcome. Enjoy.
Did you know....[agnostic.com]
brentan comments on Jul 27, 2018:
Wow. I thought they were 'senior moments'.
Vivisection Thank you former flame For cutting me open Letting me see inside And scoop parts ...
brentan comments on Jul 27, 2018:
If I get the gist of it, that's a well-worded poem about blame, guilt, loss of spontaneity, re-packaging and inertia. Not many of us can get these ideas across as well as you have.
Part 2.
brentan comments on Jul 26, 2018:
Wishes, dreams, aspirations.....but which one in which balloon? This is too hard.
It's happening !!!!! ????????
brentan comments on Jul 26, 2018:
I must ask admin about buying points.
Is balance worthwhile?
brentan comments on Jul 26, 2018:
I can't help thinking you are calculating equalities in mathematical terms. Maybe balance should be thought of in terms of male and female, yin and yang, where opposites are complimentary rather than mathematically equal. The yin and yang idea can be extended to encompass chaos and order, where chaos is the constant introduction of new things into the world and order is the cultures developed to put order on them.
Advantage of religions It occurs to me that one big advantage of religions is that it allows me to ...
brentan comments on Jul 26, 2018:
Hooray for identity politics! It's not just a way to simplify things. You can belong, and that's a big plus in a lonely world. And you can blame the 'other' for everything wrong, sometimes just venting on social media and other times you can run someone over in your car. No more grey areas, black and white, us and them, right and wrong. Polarisation is a blessing in an ever-growing complex world!
Yes, many suspects LOL
brentan comments on Jul 26, 2018:
He's an actor? Oh, sorry for asking.
Hello, hello, hello
brentan comments on Jul 25, 2018:
Hi Samhain. Are you interested in paganism?
Hi! New here! I’m live on the eastern shore of Maryland. Have you enjoyed this app?
brentan comments on Jul 25, 2018:
I think you will enjoy the app. Some people get dates but even if you don't, the conversations are very good and most people are very nice.
Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill...Maybe Cloudbusting next time. [youtu.be]
brentan comments on Jul 25, 2018:
Cloudbusting is my favourite.
Hello everyone! Brand new to this site and excited to talk with like-minded people! :-)
brentan comments on Jul 25, 2018:
Hello and welcome! I think you will be pleasantly surprised by the conversations here.
I'm so adjective I verb nouns.
brentan comments on Jul 25, 2018:
Please, just come to a full stop.
How convinced are you?
brentan comments on Jul 25, 2018:
I'm sure the old bearded patriarchal god does not exist. I'm not sure about an Eastern-type god, cosmic consciousness and all that. I'm not happy about the loss of eternal life. I'm not happy that the only meaning in life is the meaning I put into it. But I must be realistic and find meaning however short-lived it must be. And I do.
Jesus/Allah are the example of true love, love as they love...
brentan comments on Jul 25, 2018:
And they say Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned!
Hello everyone! I'm new to this site
brentan comments on Jul 25, 2018:
Welcome aboard!
The death sentence has come up for discussion again in the UK.
brentan comments on Jul 25, 2018:
The writer Dostoevsky escaped a firing squad by the skin of his teeth, being lined up and ready to be shot. He explains the horror of capital punishment, and why it is more savage than ordinary killing, in his book The Idiot. I won't paste the text of this section of the book because it's too long but it can be read here: http://www.godandculture.com/blog/dostoevsky-on-capital-punishment
Evangelicals Are Optimistic That Trump Will Bring About The Apocalypse - The Intellectualist
brentan comments on Jul 25, 2018:
I think Jews in Israel are pushing events forward as far and as fast as they think Trump will allow them. They want to rebuild the temple and then Messiah will come. But which Messiah? The Jewish or the Christian Messiah? I guess each thinks the other is in for a big surprise. I think they're both in for a surprise. A nasty one, with lots of death and misery caused by themselves, and still no Messiah.
Newcomer here.... hi all
brentan comments on Jul 25, 2018:
Hello and welcome - pull up a floorboard!
If you choose to leave the United States, what country would you prefer to live in next?
brentan comments on Jul 25, 2018:
Spain - (OK, OK, I'm Irish but I want to join in).
Bertrand Russell - on faith and evidence. Very good quote by Russell.
brentan comments on Jul 25, 2018:
Many of us must remember the time we had faith. The definition is in Hebrews11:1: Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Some versions use the word 'evidence' instead of 'assurance'. Another word used is 'conviction'. I think they are talking about evidence from the real world that convinces them that their belief in the next world is valid. So when the scriptures talk about the wicked world, for example: But understand this: In the last days terrible times will come. For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, without love of good (2 Timothy 3:1-3) These verses, which are true of any age, are taken as evidence that scripture is correct and so faith is exercised in the future prophecies.
Hiìiii looking to chat and mingle
brentan comments on Jul 25, 2018:
Hello and welcome!
OK, I’ll go for it! I like to read folk’s personal experiences so I’ll put up mine and I hope ...
brentan comments on Jul 25, 2018:
I was about 36 when I joined. I liked the academic way the JWs went about scripture and I threw myself into deep study. I didn't like the group-think and I never thought anything special was going on in Brooklyn. I married an American pioneer after about two years. She was pioneering in Ireland. I struggled to rationalise the fleshly approach to the spiritual life - the career witnesses, cliques, preferential treatment etc. I started reading Robert King's webpage. After a while, Robert threw us all off his forum because he considered we had all gone too far with our criticisms. Then Facebook came along. Crisis of Conscience was an eye-opener. I stayed Christian for a little while and tried out a few different churches. But I could see the same nonsense values being played out everywhere. I eventually became an atheist and later softened into agnosticism.
"If we can't drive them out, we'll breed them out" - King Edward Longshanks in Braveheart.
brentan comments on Jul 25, 2018:
I just had to search for the verses: Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. He will not be put to shame when he confronts the enemies at the gate Psalm 127:4,5. I think there was a fear when the Irish invaded America that they would fill the land with papists but I think it's fair to say it never happened. I don't think Muslims (fingers crossed) will fill the land with little Mohammads either. With a bit of luck, they'll be too busy chasing the mighty dollar to live a fundamental life.
Perhaps something to help cope: [openculture.com]
brentan comments on Jul 25, 2018:
My idea of stoicism is enjoy when life is good and be brave when it isn't.

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