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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 Patricia on Saturday

Carl, your history sounds like Rick's. His dad had a couple of mild heart attacks, & several TIA's. His mom had a terrible time with bp & controlling it. His grandmother had a very bad heart & it was so enlarged toward the end of her life it was being crushed in her rib cage. So far, his brothers seem ok except one brother is having the bp issue. Rick's first heart attack was at 42, & he just turned 70 in Nov. His family is also slender in build.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on Saturday

Carl, I'm so sorry to hear of your latest bad news. Your attitude toward all this adversity is incredible, and it will see you through. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on Saturday

Randy, I've never been a big sports fan, but one cannot escape  from admiring a true historic sports hero and gentleman like Ernie Banks.  There's a certain element of respect and honor of his natural talent that is sorely lacking from so many of the doped-up and hyper-physical athletes today.  

The Chicago Tribune has a very nice article about him which includes a short video. 

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/chi-ernie-banks-...

Comment by The Flying Atheist on Saturday

Thank you everyone for the big hugs and support. 

Patricia, deep down I'm not really surprised I have heart problems.  My father had a heart attack when he was 54 (he'll be 80 this year!) and his father died of a massive heart attack when he was in his 50's.  My grandmother had a heart condition and TIA strokes.  Heart disease runs rampant in my family.  With proper care, I know that I have a lot of life left in me.  I've seen it with my father. 

Joan, thank for sharing the Branford Marsalis video.  That is some awesome swinging jazz!  Loved it. 

Chris, I am feeling calm.  I'm normally a calm and easy-going person.  It's my personality.  I'm not going to say that I haven't been stressed out by what's happening, but I'm not getting all worked up about something I can't avoid.  To be honest, I'm looking forward to getting these surgeries completed so I can start to heal, feel better, and get my life back. 

 

Comment by Idaho Spud on Saturday

Carl, hope you will recover well from those operations.  

Comment by Randall Smith on Saturday

Thanks for sharing your health situation, Carl. Here I am complaining about the pre-colonoscopy prep I had to endure, and then read your story. Have courage and fight the bad draw as hard as you can. Keep us informed.

Another piece of sad news from Chicago: Ernie Banks, the greatest Cub of all, died. 

Comment by Plinius on Saturday

You've got such a calm way of telling bad news, Carl! I do hope you feel as calm! Heartfelt wishes to you!

Comment by Joan Denoo on Saturday

Carl,  such bad news! This is not good. Of course, I care so deeply about you and we will pull with you as you face the decisions and procedures ahead. I have no words that can comfort you or skill that can take away your health problems. All I can say is I care.

Comment by Ian Mason on Saturday

Carl, You must have great courage and resolve to keep your chin up under these "slings and arrows of outrageous fortune". My hat off to you and a hug.

Comment by sk8eycat on Saturday

Oh, Carl....I wanna hug you SO much!  Just think of me as RBG .... the  emotion is the same:

President Barack Obama hugs Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, before giving his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress. (AP Photo/Mandel Ngan, Pool)

 

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