Fellow Atheists/Agnostic Atheists - Let's Chat: Do you feel it is risky being "out" these days?

Farscry wrote:

Ah, ok, I gotcha.

I never watched it because it honestly just looked rather uninteresting to me. I've enjoyed reading about the discussions around the film far more than I think I would enjoy watching the film itself!

Having seen it, I'd say your instincts are correct.

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1Dgaf wrote:

Noticeable lack of other religions in the book of Eli.

At the end there was already a

Spoiler:

Quran and Torah

in stock.

Yes, a peculiarly limited view that shows just how small-minded the film is.

Spoiler:

Hinduism, Sikkhism, Jainism, (technically not but), Buddhism, Shintoism...

Farscry wrote:

Ah, ok, I gotcha.

I never watched it because it honestly just looked rather uninteresting to me. I've enjoyed reading about the discussions around the film far more than I think I would enjoy watching the film itself!

I did not find it ambiguous at all, but perhaps that is because I knew that it was a Christian film going in.

I can easily forgive that, if it's a good movie, because hey - I've suspended belief for crazier things than Christianity in films. Unfortunately, Book of Eli was not quite a good movie, and so it's really best to just give it a pass.

So I just discovered the music from 'The Book of Mormon'. It's the first Parker+Stone project I've enjoyed, but these tunes are catchy, hilarious, and on Youtube.

Well, that hyperlink works pretty well.

El-Taco-the-Rogue wrote:

Well, that hyperlink works pretty well.

The Book of Mormon

I think BBCode hates parenthesis, but the HTML version works fine.

I also didn't even know that existed, but then I'm not cultured enough to seriously enjoy the finer points of the Broadway theatre scene.

Keldar wrote:

I also didn't even know that existed, but then I'm not cultured enough to seriously enjoy the finer points of the Broadway theatre scene.

They were talking about it on The Daily Show. It actually seems to be well regarded on Broadway, which is shocking to me considering who created it.

gore wrote:
Keldar wrote:

I also didn't even know that existed, but then I'm not cultured enough to seriously enjoy the finer points of the Broadway theatre scene.

They were talking about it on The Daily Show. It actually seems to be well regarded on Broadway, which is shocking to me considering who created it.

Yeh, I don't know much at all about musicals (very few make it to New Zealand, even fewer decent ones), but it won the major Tony Awards, which I think are the Oscar-equivalent of the field.

The Book of Mormon is great. Saw it on Broadway in December while on a mileage run.

Arise thread.

I'd like to put forth the following for shared reading (contains link to original story and potent video as well)

Locked Out: How the Church Responded to their Pastor’s Coming Out

Bravo Teresa, bravo.

Gah, tenets, not tenants.

Her coming out speech at the American Atheist Convention was on the Living After Faith podcast recently, if you wanted to listen.

NSMike wrote:

Gah, tenets, not tenants.

I like you.

The tenets of the tenants in the tenement tents is on tenite.

KrazyTacoFO wrote:

The tenets of the tenants in the tenement tents is on tenite.

Hmm. Someone needs to alert Teneman.

Paleocon wrote:
KrazyTacoFO wrote:

The tenets of the tenants in the tenement tents is on tenite.

Hmm. Someone needs to alert Teneman.

I could tentatively do it at ten.

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Pictorial representation of The Pink Panther theme?

Deadant, Deadant, Deadant-Deadant-Deadant-Deadant, DEADANT, DeadantDeadant.

Jonman wrote:
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Pictorial representation of The Pink Panther theme?

Deadant, Deadant, Deadant-Deadant-Deadant-Deadant, DEADANT, DeadantDeadant.

If they all died, how many ants would have been alive?

CheezePavilion wrote:

If they all died, how many ants would have been alive?

Only God knows.

They were already dead, two weeks ago.

Malor wrote:

They were already dead, two weeks ago.

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KingGorilla wrote:

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...and needs to fund a "research" organization like the Discovery Institute to legitimate their brand of ignorance.

Fellow atheists/agnostics, specifically those who have or have had theist partners; how much of an issue has the discrepancy in world views been in your relationship(s)? Do(did) you both just sort of agree to disagree?

krev82 wrote:

Fellow atheists/agnostics, specifically those who have or have had theist partners; how much of an issue has the discrepancy in world views been in your relationship(s)? Do(did) you both just sort of agree to disagree?

Largely - my wife is an ex-Catholic, current Pagan - there's a fundamental disconnect on issues like the afterlife, which sometimes we have to just agree to not talk about, but in 99% of other things, we're able to talk about our different beliefs without causing friction. The most important thing is mutual respect of each other as people first, and belief system adherents second.

Tanglebones wrote:

The most important thing is mutual respect of each other as people first, and belief system adherents second.

You shut your dirty mouth.

Maq wrote:
Tanglebones wrote:

The most important thing is mutual respect of each other as people first, and belief system adherents second.

You shut your dirty mouth.

I mean punching her until she accepts that there is no god, amiright?

I'm a deist lapsed-Catholic, my wife is an agnostic/atheist. If we had kids, the topic of religion might come up more. As it is, religion isn't something either of us feel a need to talk about.

krev82 wrote:

Fellow atheists/agnostics, specifically those who have or have had theist partners; how much of an issue has the discrepancy in world views been in your relationship(s)? Do(did) you both just sort of agree to disagree?

Doesn't even require theism to run into this. My wife's currently rocking a philosophy that's a cobbled together blend of determinism, Buddhism, hippieism and cherry picking bits of pop-science physics. Her mantra is something along the lines of "this is the only way this could have happened".

We've gotten to the point of not talking about it anymore, because it's simply not productive. I point out what I perceive as the giant glaring holes and logical inconsistencies in her worldview that cause it to make no sense to me, and she tells me that I'm not getting it.

Tanglebones wrote:
krev82 wrote:

Fellow atheists/agnostics, specifically those who have or have had theist partners; how much of an issue has the discrepancy in world views been in your relationship(s)? Do(did) you both just sort of agree to disagree?

Largely - my wife is an ex-Catholic, current Pagan - there's a fundamental disconnect on issues like the afterlife, which sometimes we have to just agree to not talk about, but in 99% of other things, we're able to talk about our different beliefs without causing friction. The most important thing is mutual respect of each other as people first, and belief system adherents second.

An ex of mine was a "Pagan". (I use quotations because I never got a straight "this is what I believe" out of her in the 5 years we were together.) Anyway, back in those days I was more leaning-atheist, rather than the straight-up atheist I am today. But it never really came into any conflict. I respected and even explored her beliefs, such as she'd explain them. What I gathered was that they mostly were about how she and she alone viewed the world - it was never, ever about trying to convince me or anyone else about the validity of her beliefs. I admired that, especially still being freshly removed from a Christian environment and mindset.

My soon-to-be wife (t-minus 9 days!) is pretty much apathetic to the religion/god debate. She doesn't claim to know, and doesn't care so long as no one tries to cram it in her face. She has a few beliefs that give her comfort, but otherwise is not a spiritual/religious person. She understands my position as an atheist, and respects it, too.