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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 The Flying Atheist on May 6, 2014 at 2:34pm

Wow!  Great photos and interesting history, Ian, always makes for a rewarding holiday. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 6, 2014 at 1:27pm

Views from the top make it clear how tall it is!

Comment by Ian Mason on May 6, 2014 at 1:20pm

Comment by Ian Mason on May 6, 2014 at 1:19pm

That is Masada, king Herod's desert palace and fortress. Site of the mass suicide of the last Jews to hold out against the Romans during the uprising of 66-70 CE. 350 metres high but the "snake path" is a steep and winding (hence the name) 2 km. Hard bloody work and I hadn't allowed for the weather. Even though it was only the 2nd of April the sun was like a hammer. I brushed off flakes of skin for days afterwards. Worth it though. Views from the top:

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 6, 2014 at 12:57pm

That looked like a small hill until I enlarged it and spotted the tiny people.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 6, 2014 at 10:01am

Nice to hear from you, Randy and Carl. Thanks for the travel suggestions. So many places, so little time and money. History, culture and nature are my 3 big things and the Americas have them in abundance so I will have to go west soon before "time's winged chariot" takes my strength and stamina. I love walking but will have to accept that, in about 10 years time I won't be able to do what I can do now. This was my most recent climb (can't remember if I've posted this before)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 6, 2014 at 8:22am

I've been a bit absent from here but I have been keeping up to date with all the comments.  Good day to everyone!

Welcome back, Randy.  Thanks for your volunteer service.  I'm sure the setting was beautiful.  Others there will be able to enjoy their experience even more because of you.  I've always enjoyed hiking myself and love the excitement of finding out what's down the trial.

Patricia, I'm glad your weekend went well without any major flare-ups.  I know you were stressed about it.  At bare minimum, at least it was civil.  Sounds like you ate well too!  Despite what has occurred in your past, at least you have ended up in a good place.  Your husband and son sound like great people. 

Ian, I'm glad you have the opportunity to travel as much as you do.  Even when you are away to take care of family business, you always seem to fit some fun activities into your schedule.  You should definitely visit North America if you can.  Western Canada and the northwest U.S. have abundant beautiful scenery.  Of course, the Grand Canyon is also a highly recommended destination.  For great food in a beautiful urban setting, I recommend San Francisco and Seattle.  Of course Chicago, in the mid-west is a great food town as well and has wonderful architecture, museums and theater.  Washington D.C. has many great museums too.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 6, 2014 at 6:40am

It's nice to be back from my Wilderness Volunteer work week near Moab, Utah. Those arches are spectacular (and I don't mean McDonald's)! We got a lot done (trail maintainance).

Comment by Ian Mason on May 6, 2014 at 2:41am

Joan, that's smashing, by Toutatis! Thank you very much.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 6, 2014 at 12:23am

sk8eycat and another hunt resulted in this: 

 

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