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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 Grinning Cat on February 20, 2014 at 5:18pm

Mindy, I hope your son will quickly find an end to the pain, with his knee staying fully functional!

(Years ago I had my own minor scare with a resonance in one ear, where the doctors didn't know why it happened, and the ENT would have tried cortisone if it didn't go away on its own. Fortunately, it did and stayed fine.)

Comment by booklover on February 20, 2014 at 4:59pm

Thanks Carl!  :)  I hope you are fine too!!!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 20, 2014 at 4:47pm

Good news for your son, Mindy.  Hopefully draining the fluid and the cortisone shot will be the end of it.  Sometimes weird things just happen to us.  I hope YOU are doing well also.  :)  

Comment by booklover on February 20, 2014 at 4:37pm

The bloodwork they did for my son's knee all came back fine.  No infection, no arthritis.  Great, but WHY is there fluid on it, and why does it hurt?!  They hope they will drain the fluid, give it a shot of cortisone, and that will be the end of it.  I hope!

There is a ton of snow on the ground here, it is raining, it just thundered, there is a flood-alert (we don't live by any bodies of water, but our home does sit on a water-table!)  If it freezes tomorrow we're screwed. Such is life.  :)

Comment by booklover on February 19, 2014 at 7:44pm

Napoleon, love the Art saying. 

Carl, have be careful tomorrow!  Rain, then a freeze... My husband told my son he's going to drive him to work.  Driving on ice scares the crap out of me.  My son has to go to work really early too.  I think I'll sit at home and read all day!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 19, 2014 at 7:29pm

Comment by sk8eycat on February 19, 2014 at 3:35pm

The problem with believers is that they are so wrapped up n their fantasy world(s) that fact fall on deaf ears...they just don't GET it.

When I was heavily involved in Trek fandom, I met people who lived Trek 24/7...ne guy changed his name to James t. Kirk, and wore the uniform.  His roommate had a Spock haircut, wore pointy rubber ears, and wore the blue Science Officer shirt. They were effing serious.  (I met a few sane people, too, including the couple who ran the conventions, John and Bjo Trimble....we're still friends. I adopted Fred, our black cat from them last year when they couldn't keep her.)

One reason I love them...they walked the walk:

http://www.startrek.com/article/bjo-trimble-the-woman-who-saved-sta...

Fans around the world are gearing up to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Star Trek next month, but the truth is there might be nothing to celebrate, or certainly a whole lot less, were it not for the efforts of Bjo and John Trimble. Longtime fans surely know the story, but newer fans may not, and it’s time to re-tell the tale for the old-timers and pass it on to younger ones. For the record, when NBC seemed to be on the verge of axing Star Trek after a low-rated second season, the Trimbles devised a grassroots letter-writing campaign that saved the show and resulted in a third season. Though the network dropped Star Trek after its lackluster third year, enough episodes had been shot for the show to enter syndication and, in syndication, Star Trek emerged as such a phenomenon that it was resurrected as an animated series and, in 1979, a big-budget feature. And from there the franchise grew and grew,...

and so on

Comment by Ian Mason on February 19, 2014 at 2:52pm

Mild weather here in Denmark too, Chris.

LOVE the poster Napoleon. One of the things that, after I've read it, wish I'd said it. 

I agree with you, Patricia. I have a "John MacEnroe reaction" to beleivers: "You CAN NOT be serious!?"

Comment by sk8eycat on February 19, 2014 at 2:23pm

Joan, I absolutely love that last photo of "Lunar Earth-rise"!  I have a large poster of that one, and haven't had the money to get it framed and hung.  It just takes my breath away.

I agree with both Weinberg and Harris; it's time to take the gloves off and challenge religious fables and fantasies, and stop the TB's from tampering with science education in the public schools.  You all do know that US high school students scored second WORST in science and math among the industrialized nations. 

That's ghastly.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 19, 2014 at 1:59pm

Grinning Cat and Joan, thanks for calling our attention to the Steven Weinberg video.  I'm in total agreement with him.  Religion, in any form, fundamentalist, mainstream, or innocuous new-age B.S. have no valid purpose in our modern society.  Using any type of religion as a foundation for belief is just building a house of cards.    

 

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