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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 Joan Denoo on September 10, 2012 at 8:28pm

Melinda, the notion of "ownership" that comes from the bible refers to this:
"King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
"And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth."

This is what is called dominionism. It is the notion of entitlement; that "every living thing" includes, humanity. A corrupting piece of scripture if I ever read one. From the very beginning, according to Dominionism, God has commanded the creation of totalitarian government. It is, in effect, a global Manifest Destiny theology. Christians,  commanded by God to dominate and subdue the world under a faithful and biblical government, use any means necessary to achieve those goals. 

This notion is what made it possible to destroy native cultures, forcing them off ancestral lands, stealing their resources; it made possible the buying and selling of human bodies and treating them savagely. It enabled them to dominate women, treating them as property. Not a very pretty picture; not a belief system that inspires ethical and moral behavior; not a policy to which I can give my allegiance. 

Comment by booklover on September 10, 2012 at 8:00pm

I agree also Tony! 

Comment by Steph S. on September 10, 2012 at 7:32pm

Sounds good Tony - and I agree.

Comment by Tony Carroll on September 10, 2012 at 7:28pm

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 10, 2012 at 5:09pm

Great gif Patricia!

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 10, 2012 at 10:54am

Lier lier, pants on fire.  Love it sk8eycat!

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 10, 2012 at 9:30am

Melinda, what a clever title for the dog/kitten photo. When I saw it, I thought, "Can't we all be friends?"

Steph, Mercats just make my day; hope your day overflows with good conversation, loving friends and family and co-workers, and that all good things come your way. 

sk8eycat, great photo of politicians. I' saving it. 

The expected cold front arrived but not as cold as predicted. Not going outside for breakfast this morning, too windy. The big drive starts now to get the garden ready for winter. We are collecting pine needles to cover the more tender plants.  

Comment by booklover on September 10, 2012 at 9:05am

Joan, I've seen that adorable picture of the kitten and big dog before, but it had the kitten explaining to the dog that even though he's much smaller, he is still in charge, because he is a Cat! LOL

Good pics everyone!  Have a good week!~ Melinda

Comment by Steph S. on September 10, 2012 at 6:14am

Good morning everyone!

About to leave for work in 15 min.

Drinking my coffee and reading the posts.

Hope you all have a great day!

Comment by sk8eycat on September 10, 2012 at 12:04am

Is Mormon underwear made of asbestos?

 

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