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Picture yourself spending some time with congenial friends, sharing your lives and pictures from your cell phones." They're curious about that cool game, song, movie, camping trip, art show, or other event that fascinated you. You talk about all kinds of stuff, poetry, styles, personal achievements, relationships, and bad days. You can share your inner child, and laugh together. They sympathetically listen to your feelings about serious topics like politics or climate change, even when they don't agree.

Personal validation comes from paying attention to one another, giving more than you get. Everyone respects you and themselves, despite our amazing range of personal tastes and interests. They'll tell you they don't agree with an idea or behavior without implying you're a bad person or somehow deficient. It's an "I'm OK, You're OK" kind of fellowship, where nobody tries to make himself look better by picking on somebody else.

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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 Idaho Spud on September 6, 2014 at 10:03am

Mindy, I'm jealous that you have atheist's to have dinner with.

I like the scripture circle.

Comment by booklover on September 6, 2014 at 9:55am

Comment by booklover on September 6, 2014 at 9:54am

Joan, I agree with what Carl said about you and your daughter. :)

Had a nice time last night.  My friends friend (who is also my friend, we just aren't as close as she and my friend are) brought her boyfriend.  She is 63, and he is 67.  Technically she is old enough to be my mom, and he is old enough to be my dad.  He is SO smart.  I couldn't follow some of what he was talking about, but very interesting, and he's very jovial.  So we had 4 Atheists out to dinner.  It was SO nice to say whatever I wanted and not have to edit.  :)

Comment by sk8eycat on September 6, 2014 at 9:09am

Randy, I'm with you; I never cared much for Joan Rivers' style of comedy...made me uncomfortable. 

Elayne Boosler is one of my faves....there's warmth in her monologues, and I went to a live "reading" of her "Peter & the Wolf" -style creation, called "Rescue; a True Story."  There wasn't a dry eye in the house when she (and the music) finished.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 6, 2014 at 9:00am
Joan, what your daughter wrote about you is beautiful. You have every right to be proud of both her and yourself.
Comment by Randall Smith on September 6, 2014 at 7:23am
I've been amazed at the amount of media coverage the death of Joan Rivers has received. For me, I could hardly stand to look at her, let alone listen to her. I'm not a big fan of loud, obnoxious comedians that put people down. That type of humor is irritating to me. But, to each his own.
Comment by Plinius on September 6, 2014 at 6:41am

I can't read everything Laura wrote, but I think she is right, Joan; strictness, especially when applied by a loving person, is a great help.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 6, 2014 at 3:15am

Mindy, I enjoy the Ricky Gervais statement.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 6, 2014 at 3:13am

Mindy! Looks as though you are getting some nice atheist friends that you can actually see! Nothing wrong with virtual friends, and it is pleasing, indeed, to have ones with whom you can sit an chat. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 6, 2014 at 3:10am

I know I am shamelessly sharing this response of Laura, my daughter, when I apologized to her for being so strict with her when she was little. 

Laura wrote: "The strictness came in handy for me as an adult though, because I don't settle for 'good enough'. I take pride in what I have and what I do and I attribute that to how you and Dad raised us. I wouldn't trade those years in for anything! I do think that I flourished as a teenager from the more collaborative approach because it helped me to think and act as a team-player in life, realizing that my actions could affect more than just me. You also guided us through our teenage years, when we were seeking independence, in a way that stimulated personal responsibility from within us. I couldn't have asked for a better mom!

 

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