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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 booklover on May 1, 2014 at 8:30am

That's true Chris, but caring advice then, not mean judgement. :)

I didn't visit my "father" before he died either.  I hadn't seen him since I was 5.  My cousin told me, "He did love you."  I told her you couldn't love someone you didn't know.  And if he loved us why did he not even pay my mom child support?  It didn't make me sad in the least when he died.  I didn't know him.

Yes Ian!  Happy May Day!  I wish the weather would act like it around here! :)

Comment by Ian Mason on May 1, 2014 at 1:13am
Comment by Plinius on May 1, 2014 at 1:09am

But Booklover, I'm not at all sure if we're non-judgemental friends - it's a friend's duty to warn you when you go wrong - so there's judgement.

Be true to yourself, Patricia, I hope Monday comes soon for you. Perhaps it's no more than a "I want to .... before I die"visit. Hard enough! My father wanted me to visit him before he died, but I decided not to play along and never showed up. It still feels good, even after all the reproaches.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 1, 2014 at 1:08am

"Cramming for finals", an Autralian nursing-home term for old people who get religion and/or crave forgiveness towards the end.

On the other hand, I think my daughter found my apologies to her when I did my AA 9th step as too little too late. I have to live with that and try to have a future with her.

This "Inner Fish" sounds good. I'll give it a try.

This won't mean much to people outside England but it turns out that Wilko Johnson's otherwise terminal cancer is operable, even though he will loose a lot of his insides. Here's a link to him in his young years. He's the guitarist.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzF0AETdRF8

Comment by k.h. ky on April 30, 2014 at 10:59pm
You're welcome Joan. I'm really enjoying it. Patricia, hang in there and chill. I deal with the b/p too so just remember to take your meds . Maybe your mom just wants to see you. I hate it that your daughter is a fundie. All my family, except my daughter, are so l know what that's like.
Comment by Joan Denoo on April 30, 2014 at 10:34pm

k.h. ky, I hunted for "My Inner Fish" on computer and so far have only found the trailers for it. So I Googled for the author and found a video from Finding Your Inner Fish 2009 and it is terrific! Dr. Neil Shubin is to evolutionary paleontology that Neil deGrasse Tyson is to astrophysics. Thanks for the lead! 

Comment by booklover on April 30, 2014 at 10:12pm
You have the right attitude Patricia! You are a smart and strong woman, and I'm sorry you've had all this go on in your life. You have good support here from non-judgemental friends. <3
Comment by Joan Denoo on April 30, 2014 at 10:07pm

Oh Patricia, I hear pain in your words! The beautiful person you are, the enthusiasms, the color purple, the motorized vehicle and all the many ways you express joy and contentment offers rich treasures for those who can see them. 

Well, I know your cheesecake will be yummy and they will go away having been well fed, with good hosting taking place. The days turn warmer, the skies clearer, the friends truer and all is well with you. Celebrate your life with full gusto ... remember the best revenge is to be happy! Each day is an opportunity to experience the good in life.  You go for it. 

And if you need to rant when the visit ends, this is a good, safe place to do it. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 30, 2014 at 1:56pm

Joan, I agree about forgiveness.  Mormonism teaches that to forgive, you have to forget.  No way I'm forgetting.  That is not a safe thing to do.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 30, 2014 at 1:33pm

Patricia, I am not a great fan of forgiveness. I am safer if I don't forget. I hope it turns out to be a rich and meaningful visit even as I would be prepared to just waste time with someone for whom you have no affection. 

I am really sorry your daughter is caught up in the cult of mormonism. That is about as a dead end a life journey as I can imagine. Well, at least you have the ability to think for yourself and don't have to put up with the twaddle.  

 

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