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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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 12, 2014 at 12:56pm

Thanks for sharing, Joan. Enjoy your new coat!

It's 65.8°F here. We won't get the Omega Block till tomorrow in the Phila area.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 12, 2014 at 12:45pm

A day late, maybe, but worthy of your attention in any case, or so I think.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 12, 2014 at 12:08pm

13 degrees here, with a high of 21 expected.  It was 0 degrees F at 7:19 this morning.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 12, 2014 at 12:07pm

Joan, I agree with Mindy, as usual.  What an amazing family, started by an amazing woman who made an amazing escape from abuse.  They should make a movie.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 12, 2014 at 11:59am

Yup, cold here as well, Joan.  28-degrees.  At least it's sunny!  We're expecting a high of 35-degrees.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 12, 2014 at 11:08am

Mindy, I am so glad to learn that your daughter is able to go back to school and work at creating her life. She has courage beyond my understanding. Having such a loving and supportive family makes all the difference. With your support, she has every reason to believe that her life will be a happy, healthy and productive one.

I know it puts a strain on you, and you are strong and able to provide the kinds of support that will make her good nature shine. 

Comment by booklover on November 12, 2014 at 10:35am
Joan, your family sounds amazing! What a great job you did parenting them! I'm sure they all still look to you for wisdom, and especially love. <3
Comment by Joan Denoo on November 12, 2014 at 10:31am

Good morning from one cold place to your cold place. It seems we have been hit with a very big weather system. It is 19 degree F now with a high of 23 expected. Burr. I had to buy a new coat because I threw away my old faithful one of many years when my cancer chemo caused a projectile blast from my gastric system last winter. 

I had a wonderful day yesterday with my daughter Laura and her husband, Larry. We had lunch and went shopping. I hate to shop so they pulled me along. It was a great adventure, trying on coats with two such fine dressers helping select one for me. 

My granddaughter and her five children dropped in after a dental appointment near my home. They are so much fun. Michelle is doing a beautiful job of managing a blended family. She has two sons and is partnered with a man whose wife died when his youngest was two. When they first came into our lives, their eyes looked like lost souls. Now, they are sparkling with their sense of security and in a healthy atmosphere of loving new family. What a fine young woman she is. She is only 29 and raising 5 kids and keeps her brilliant smile and laughter. She is tough as a marine sergeant on matters of behavior. When there is an attitude problem, she is right on it, finding out what is bothering them, checking to see what they need and helping them find a way out of their own problems. I just watch in amazement. 

Comment by booklover on November 12, 2014 at 8:25am

Randy, you're a great Dad!

My Daughter is doing better, thanks!  She's going back to school today!  I am going to spend the night at her apartment just for tonight.  We are going to get dinner, and watch a movie.  While she's in class, I'm going to clean her apartment.  We are going to grocery shop also.  I just want to make sure she's settled, and has a clean start to the rest of the semester.

Here's a picture of Dora (5 & 3/4) NOT fitting into the new cat tree! LOL

Comment by Randall Smith on November 12, 2014 at 7:56am

Joan, I loved your inadvertant pun, "I walked out with a happy heart..."!  What a welcome relief.

Mindy, is your daughter out of the woods yet (depression)? Hope you had a good time with her and your mother.

My kids are all gone and safely home (theirs). I think they really had a good time being together during this homecoming. I'm pround of them and told them so. My father has never said he was proud of me or even that he loved me. I won't make that omission for my children or grandchildren.

 

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