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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 Jan 22. 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 19, 2013 at 7:00pm

I have to 'splain something.  I'm still home, but have been in sort of what Loren calls Brain Fog for several days.  I'll try to catch up with all the posts I've misssed, but obviously I am NOT cat-sitting for my computerless friend.

She called me Sunday to tell me she'd been sick all weekend, had cancelled the first part of her travel plans, and would be leaving on Thursday instead. Okay.  I tried calling her Tuesday to find out what time she wanted to pick me up Wednesday night...so I would be packed and ready.  Got her voice mail; left a message.  No call back. Called twice more; same thing.  Began to worry. Called 3 more times starting Wednesday morning; voice mail, no call back. I knew something was wrong, and went into panic mode.  By 7PM I was imagining her collapsed on the floor, and unable to reach a phone.  I was ready to call 911 when she did call me...she'd just been released from hospital...been in since Monday...almost died from dehydration and ventricular fibrilation.

THAT's when I went into Fog Mode.  I've slept more in the past day and a half than I had since Sunday.  From relief. I'm selfish.  I would hate to lose her; she's been a fabulous friend for more than 30 years...and taught me to be a better cook.

Other news: The Prednisone seems to be helping Hairy Jerry a little bit; he's more active, and vocal, is ravenous sometimes, and drinking a lot of water...which are all good signs.  But, of course, I'm not expecting a cure.  Just knowing that he's more comfortable is enough.

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Now, I want to turn you all on to a Blog called "Think Banned Thoughts."  I don't know if the writer/blogger is an atheist or not, but I don't care. I like what she has to say, and I've replied to some of her posts.  (Actually, she thinks DEEP thoughts.) 

http://thinkbannedthoughts.wordpress.com/author/thinkbannedthoughts/

 

Comment by booklover on April 19, 2013 at 5:25pm

Joan, you have been a wonderful Mom!  Your children are so lucky to have you!  I'm sorry that happened to your son.  I will always have an open-door policy as well.  My kids are my life, and I can't help feeling that way.  I am already on meds for my anxiety about them!  I see more prescriptions in the near future... LOL   Thank you for your wisdom!  I appreciate you!!!~ Melinda

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 19, 2013 at 5:14pm

Melina, I know what you mean. When is love good for a child, and when is love not enough? I think every loving parent goes through this phase. I visioned a narrow walk with high fences, and I had to protect them from dashing into the street and getting run over. As they got older the walk became a street and I had to protect them from killing themselves and others when they started to drive. A little older, a little more freedom, and I had to guide them so they wouldn't have unwanted pregnancies. Then I had to open my controlling hand and let them fly.

I don't know if that gives you any help. We did have a revolving door when they moved back in, moved away, and move back in again. I thought the revolving door would never stop swinging. Now it has, they are all 49 years old, and two have exceptionally fine families. My older son took a much harder path, including alcohol abuse, a failed marriage with a fine woman, and then a brain injury that left him disabled. That is the risk a mother takes when having children. I do not know what I could have done to prevent his life-journey. By remaining flexible, keeping lines of communication open, confronting when necessary, supporting when needed, setting values that make sense to you without imposing them on a child, sets the stage for healthy, productive living. 

My most sincere best to you and your family. May you hear each other and explore for mutual ground. You and your husband provide the kind of love that does not smother, and yet empowers them to grow to be who they are, using their internal guide. 

Comment by booklover on April 19, 2013 at 4:34pm

Ian, I love the monkey grooming the cat. :)  The cat just expects it, like "yep, everyone caters to me."

Going to see my daughter at school tomorrow with my Mom and my Son.  My daughter is going to drive me nuts!  She has some decisions to make, some of which involve big money which would have to come from us or my Mom.  She needs to understand how the real world works.  Right now she's been sheltered, literally, by us, and will continue to be, but feels grown-up at 21 in an apt. that is totally paid-for by my husband, etc. but doesn't want to "talk about stuff" with us, like we are prying.  Well, if involves our money, we have a right to know what is going on with her plans/life, not to mention the fact that we love her more than life itself and would love to know things.  Not asking personal stuff here, just her plans! Aaaarrrggghhhhhhhhh! :)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 19, 2013 at 12:59pm

What an awesome lizard photo.  He/she is beautiful.  Any scientists on here who can tell if that's a male or female?  I'd be interested in knowing how you tell the difference.   

Loren, those are great cards.  What a fantastic idea.  It's often very easy for us to patronize and pander to people that we feel may need our help.  Those cards are a great way to request that we "back off." 

Comment by Ian Mason on April 19, 2013 at 11:48am

The lizard is fun, Melinda.

Loren, those cards are a great idea. I was at a talk about autism a few days ago and they sound like a useful tool for those with problems in that spectrum.

This popped up. I wonder if there's a natural simian/feline bond?

Comment by Steph S. on April 19, 2013 at 10:10am

Comment by Steph S. on April 19, 2013 at 10:03am

Booklover that lizard is so cute! I love it,

I love the severe brain fog Loren.

Comment by Loren Miller on April 19, 2013 at 9:40am

Nosing about the BBC News website, I discovered the following this morning:


The above is part of a collection of flashcards, meant to be used by people with disabilities, particularly when their communication skills are not what they'd wish them to be.

Frankly, I could use the above-shown card more days than I care to speculate ... and I don't THINK I'm disabled!!!

Comment by booklover on April 19, 2013 at 8:14am

 

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