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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 November 11, 2013 at 8:27pm
Loren, I love it! Perfect. Exactly what I need to be saying! and hearing! I have goose bumps!
Word of the Day: Yūgen (幽玄)
Yūgen (幽玄) is an important concept in traditional Japanese aesthetics. The exact translation of the word depends on the context. In the Chinese philosophical texts the term was taken from, yūgen meant “dim”, “deep” or “mysterious”. In the criticism of Japanese waka poetry, it was used to describe the subtle profundity of things that are only vaguely suggested by the poems.

Yūgen is said to mean “a profound, mysterious sense of the beauty of the universe… and the sad beauty of human suffering”.

Yūgen suggests that beyond what can be said but is not an allusion to another world. It is about this world, this experience.

(Ortolani, 325). Ortolani, Benito. The Japanese Theatre. Princeton University Press: Princeton, 1995
Comment by Steph S. on November 11, 2013 at 8:07pm

Those are cute and funny pictures Flying Athiest, Booklover and Loren. Yes, new week has started already. Can you believe how close the holiday season is? wow - where did the year go?

Comment by Steph S. on November 11, 2013 at 8:06pm

Comment by Loren Miller on November 11, 2013 at 7:01pm

Here you go: two minutes and twenty-nine seconds of inspiration, courtesy of Sean Faircloth, Zen Pencils and SkeptiSketch:

Comment by booklover on November 11, 2013 at 11:34am

Usually true!

Comment by booklover on November 11, 2013 at 9:28am

Cute kittens Tony. :)

Carl, lol about the week.  I'm sure my husband would agree.  My son has to work 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every day this week.  Ugh!  But the paycheck will be nice!

Have a good week friends!

Comment by Randall Smith on November 11, 2013 at 7:48am

I agree with Patricia! Here it's Monday morning, and I don't have to go to work! And teaching 7th graders was work!

And to Ian: I'm just now getting used to being called "Granddad". After all, my father was always "granddad". I'm too young!

Comment by Plinius on November 11, 2013 at 12:30am

Congrats Ian! They say parenting is never over, but you can enjoy yourself knowing that your children have a good time.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 10, 2013 at 11:25pm

Have a great week, everyone!!

Comment by Steph S. on November 10, 2013 at 10:19pm

Tony that is so cute!! Thank you for the picture.

 

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