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Seth Andrews' Rebuttal to "10 Women Christian Men Shouldn't Marry" (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Thursday. 13 Replies

It seems as though some numb-nuts New York pastor by the name of Stephen Kim has written two marriage advice pieces for christian men and women.  Not surprisingly, his suggestions come straight out of his never-fail magic book.  Seth Andrews of The…Continue

Tags: advice, marriage, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Stephen Kim

Living in the Answers

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Patricia Jan 18. 13 Replies

I am weary of those who declare they understand all the answers to the creation of the universe and Earth. They claim they know the answers to the questions of life, meaning, death, and the afterlife. Those with all the answer speak with confidence,…Continue

Tags: confidence, education, government, family, afterlife

Twin terrorists caught

Started by Patricia. Last reply by Patricia Jan 11. 7 Replies

Canada: twin terrorists caught before going to Mideast Saturday, January 10, 2015 By Martin Barillas L-R: Carlos and Ashton Larmond The Royal Canadian Mounted Police arrested and charged a pair of 24-year-old identical twin brothers on…Continue

Betty Bowers Best of 2014

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Jan 4. 33 Replies

Happy New Year, everyone!  Now that we're off on another 365-day stint of sniping at believers, leave it to America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, to sum up the year past from her holier-than-EVERYBODY point of view! Have You had YOUR Betty today?!?Continue

Tags: 2014, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by booklover Dec 28, 2014. 23 Replies

Well, it's that time of year again.  Time to gird our loins, put on our battle armor and join the (dah-dah DAAAAAH!) WAR AGAINST CHRISTMAS!!! [groan!] Yeah, most of us have heard that crap before, probably too many times, in fact, how atheists are…Continue

Tags: Christmas, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Seth Andrews - The Copycats: How Christianity Steals The Best Ideas

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Dec 24, 2014. 11 Replies

Many of us have observed or learned how christianity shamelessly borrows from other sources to bolster its position and show off its supposed wonderfulness.  Well, Seth Andrews of The Thinking Atheist podcast has compiled some of the more modern-day…Continue

Tags: steal, borrow, copycat, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

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Comment by sk8eycat on May 2, 2013 at 3:59am

"Spiritual" is such a slippery word...if you go back to its origin, "spirit" comes from the Greek (or is it Latin?) word for "breath." In that sense we are all "spiritual" while we are alive. The phrase in the buybull, "the spirit left him," doesn't mean anything more than, "he stopped breathing."

Then there is "Rah! Rah! Rah!" school spirit.  Or lively, as in a "spirited" horse or dog...or any animal, including homo sapiens sapiens.

To me it sometimes means something that makes me gasp (inhale...in medical terminology "inspire.") with wonder and joy...such as standing at the rail of the viewing platform at Niagara Falls, or watching the first moon landing...live, photos of the universe from the Hubble Space Telescope, and videos from Sojourner and Curiosity on Mars.  AND seeing "Billy Elliott - The Musical" last year.

That collection of spirit-based words does NOT have anything to do with the supernatural as far as I'm concerned because there ain't no sich annimule.  As Annie Laurie Gaylor says, "The natural world is super enough for me."

 

Comment by sk8eycat on May 2, 2013 at 3:38am

Or....menopause is a blessing. 

I know some women have physical problems for a few years; I never did. BUT I've never understood why many women carry on as though it's the end of their femininity, if not the end of their lives. It isn't if you take it in stride. It's FREEDOM! (IMO)

Comment by Plinius on May 2, 2013 at 2:38am

I recognize the feeling, Ian, tied tubes took a load of worry from my shoulders.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 2, 2013 at 1:13am

Damn good actor, Brian Cox. Was great in "Troy" as Agamemmnon.

Sex: I found that a vasectomy did wonders for my sex life. Didn't have to worry ever again - in stable relationships I hasten to add.

Music: brain scans of jazz musicians showed areas of the brain that are associated with maths lighting up as they work out how many permutations on a chord there are. A brain scan of Sting trying to compose showed areas associated with spacial/visual concepts. He said that he loved listening to Bach and had pictures of Gothic architecture pop up in his head when he did so.

Spiritual? Hitchens spoke sometimes of the "secular numinous", that it's possible to have experiences of hightened awareness and emotion without them coming from "God" but from the complexity of the human body and the all-round wonerfulness of life.

That's my bit for the day. Have a nice one, you lovely people.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 2, 2013 at 12:43am

Brian Cox, what's not to like? An articulate scientist who looks like he escaped from a Boy Band.

Comment by Tony Carroll on May 1, 2013 at 11:31pm

Brandi, it was from a site called The Atheist Bible Commentary. It was a response from Tim, the moderator, and I liked it, so I posted it here. That's all. Sorry for any confusion.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 1, 2013 at 10:49pm
Tony, I agree!
Comment by Tony Carroll on May 1, 2013 at 10:35pm
At times atheists can be our own worst enemy.  They will often join a discussion and criticize other atheists for mocking or criticizing religion. They come out trying to appear respectful falling prey to special pleading and shoot their own team in the foot.

So, I posted this reply:

No idea should be respected simply because it exists. No idea should be free from criticism or ridicule, either. I don't want people to respect my beliefs, I don't ask them to. I want my beliefs to earn respect because they are valid and logical. ... The notion that we should respect religion is absurd. You should respect someone's right to believe as they wish to believe as long as they aren't hurting anyone, but ideas, religions, and philosophies should be under a constant barrage of criticism so that we can find the best ideas that hold up to scrutiny.

"The moment you declare a set of ideas to be immune from criticism, satire, derision, or contempt, freedom of thought becomes impossible." - Salman Rushdie

-Tim H.
The Atheist Bible Commentary
Comment by sk8eycat on May 1, 2013 at 9:06pm

Ruth, my friend who owns, writes, edits, publishes The Pet Press uses this (and other similar one-liners) for "filler:" If your dog won't use a condom, GET HIM FIXED! 

She occasionally gets a bit of crank mail about that one...from people who think the word "condom" shouldn't appear in a "family newspaper."  (Because they probably have had to explain it to their kids.  GOOD!)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 1, 2013 at 7:33pm

 

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