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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 April 21, 2013 at 3:44pm

I've been (again) scanning Yahoo "news" articles, and the comments following them, about the Boston Marathon bombing last week, and I can't express how sick I am of seeing GBA in capital letters over and over in the comments.  Does that mean their imaginary friend (who invented a place called Hell) should not bless any other country?  Or is it just whistling in the dark?  Or what?

I do know one thing for certain, too many Americans are sadly lacking in creative imagination. The link below isn't new, but there is the loud ring of truth in it (did I post it earlier?  I'm still suffering from Brain Fog)

www.upworthy.com/meet-the-horrifying-demon-that-has-crept-into-our-...

It also seems that undergodders are severely lacking in language, spelling, and typing skills.

Comment by sk8eycat on April 21, 2013 at 3:34pm

Ian, I SEE you!  ;>)

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 21, 2013 at 3:09pm

Here is a treasure from Terrance Meaden, 

"Has the face of the creator of Stonehenge been staring at us unrecognised for more than 4,000 years?

A British archaeologist claims to have seen a face carved into the side of one of the mighty stones at Stonehenge.

[ image: The face can be seen on the side of a standing stone]
The face can be seen on the side of a standing stone

It is the first face ever seen on the Neolithic monument and one of the oldest works of art ever found in Britain.

It was recognised by Terrence Meaden, an archaeologist with a fascination for the ancient standing stones of the British Isles.

"I just happened to be there at the right time of day because only when the light is right can you see it properly. During the summer months it is only obvious for about a hour each day around 1400."

~ Terrence Meaden 

Sci/Tech Stonehenge face mystery

"Several papers in this collection demonstrate how certain, well loved, traditional symbols and practices have a noted tenacity for surviving the ages of time. The concept of Earth Mother—or ‘Goddess’ or ‘Dea Madre’, using related definitions encountered in the Mediterranean lands—is associated with some sites and symbols for which we have knowledge through historical scholarship or anthropological interviews with current believers. For others, an Earth Mother attribution—as similarly with ideas of a Universal Ancestor—is for many prehistoric sites only a theoretical concept. This explains why the Earth Mother hypothesis has been put to the test by some of the researchers in this book. Indeed, a new era of rigorous testing has begun. Prof. Gheorghiu closes his timely essay by concluding: “the processes of anthropomorphization, as well as that of epiphany and hierogamy, which were specific for traditional societies, were not totally withdrawn by Modernity, and still could exist unrevealed within contemporary imageries”."

G. Terence Meaden, "Sanctuaries through the Ages: Rethinking symbols and images, art and artefacts from history and prehistory"

http://www.stonehenge-avebury.net/Meaden1.pdf

Comment by Ian Mason on April 21, 2013 at 2:22pm

Home at last from the nation's capital. Here's a pic of the "Human Banner" organised by Greenpeace. I'm near the point of the "M" at the top of the heart, bright blue jacket and bright red cap.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 21, 2013 at 1:00pm

The dolphin birth was interesting Patricia.  I was surprised that the baby could swim immediately, and amazed at how quickly the baby was able to swim by the mother's side.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 21, 2013 at 10:44am

Thanks for the dolphin birth, Patricia. Lovely way to start today.

Nice vacation flavor picture, Ian.

Yes, please do share a picture of your cat tea pot, sk8eycat. *sips tea*

Hugs to all

Comment by sk8eycat on April 21, 2013 at 10:29am

Ian, speaking of musicals, if you have the opportunity, DO see "Billy Elliott - the Musical."  The Northern UK accents were difficult for me to understand, but it didn't matter...it's one brilliant feelgood show.  I was on clouds for weeks afterward, felt like dancing, myself, and I have difficulty just walking these days. (Maybe I could do the opening number from "The Producers" with my walker...heh!)

I love the Ocean Advice; and added  "Whistle a Happy Tuna" in my head.

PS: I'm such a lazy slouch...I need to photograph my only cat teapot, and post it here.  I saw it in a store window years ago, and couldn't bear the thought of somebody else owning it, so I bought it.  I've never actually used it; I just look at it and smile. A LOT.

Comment by sk8eycat on April 21, 2013 at 10:12am

Oh, I wish I could go to this symposium, but it's all the way on the other side of the  USA from where I am, and I can't afford even the train coach fare (I refuse to put up with the airport insecurity paranoia). Anyway...have a look:

http://action.centerforinquiry.net/site/Calendar?id=103301&view...

I have a very dear e-friend who lives in DC, and I'm going to try to twist his arm...not really...I think he would be interested in the subject, too.  (I "met" him 12 years ago on another atheist web site.)

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 21, 2013 at 2:08am

Ian, a good collection of puns. 

Patricia, I am surprised how close she was willing to be to the humans. A very special video.

Ruth, I have never seen Cyriak before and it is quite a treat.

Loren, thanks. 

Comment by Ian Mason on April 21, 2013 at 12:11am

A little advice for lovers of puns.

 

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