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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 Steph S. on September 15, 2013 at 12:44pm

cute video Ruth

That is a cool picture Melinda - very nice

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 15, 2013 at 12:03pm

Here's a few dog tricks to lighten your Sunday. Enjoy!

Comment by booklover on September 15, 2013 at 10:45am

This is my husband and me at the Bean in Millenium Park in Chicago.  It's the same park as the fountain Carl showed you guys.  It's shaped like a giant bean, and is reflective, do you know what it's made out of Carl?  People take their pics in it, etc.  Really fun.

Comment by booklover on September 15, 2013 at 10:31am

Ian, that's a great picture!

Carl, did you show them a picture of the Bean in Millenium (sp?) park?  On FB there are a million pictures of people taking their pictures at the Bean. I have a pic of hubby and I there, I'll try to find it. It is cool, isn't it!  Chicago really is a neat city!

Chris, awesome pics out your window! 

We had a nice dinner last night, and the band was good.  Have a good Sunday friends.

Comment by Steph S. on September 15, 2013 at 10:01am

I love that Al Capone picture Melinda and that is a wonderful picture of you Ian.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 15, 2013 at 4:54am
Your mentioning Koyaanisqatsi reminds me of a discussion with Michio Kaku, physicist, in which they discuss being ready for the coming challenges.

Dr Michio Kaku Are We Ready For the Coming 'Age of Abundance?'

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dp76w5ujzcU&list=PLPblR4bWCoxkA3...

Having grown up in an Age of Authority, with hierarchical systems, knowledge that flows from top management down to obedient workers, and finding many flaws in the system, I am grateful to see a new vision of leadership and participation and a new Age of Team building. This new age, represented by the development of huge projects, such as space exploration, requires a more democratic form of leadership, with information flowing in all directions, from the source of problems to the cooperation of team members. I hope the process catches on.
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 15, 2013 at 4:31am

WOW! Carl, that is an amazing water park, beautifully designed, brilliantly engineered, and complex beyond my imagination. I marvel at the designer, and wonder at the engineer who made it happen. 

Chris, beautiful photos from your home! The unique shapes of buildings such as in the painting by Johannes Vermeer, The Little Street, painted in 1658, and the windmill.  

Koyaanisqatsi is a memorable piece, haunting in its theme, enhanced by Glass's music.  An oracle's tale such as told by the oracles of Delphi, Greece.  

Comment by Plinius on September 15, 2013 at 1:35am

That fountain is really special, Carl, I enjoyed the info too! Life out of balance and Koyaanisqatsi - the same film I think. And the music by Philip Glass is beautiful!

Grey days belong to this country, most people don't mind it, provided the gloom is not weeks on end. And yes, I often photos from my window. This is how today looks:

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 15, 2013 at 12:38am

Hi, Chris.  Glad you liked the Chicago videos.  You mentioned Koyaanisqatsi.  He directed the film Life Out of Balance.  I saw it a few years ago.  Stunning cinematography.  And the film soundtrack is by Phillip Glass.  I've always admired his music ever since I saw him perform live when I was in college mid-80's.  What a grey, gloomy day you've had.  Was that photo taken from your window?   

Ruth, I don't blame you for not wanting to watch Donny and Marie. LOL  It was posted 99% as a joke and 1% for the nostalgia factor.  That "green light building" in the video isn't a building.  It's actually a hi-tech fountain/art display that illuminates in many colors and several images.  Here's an interesting video on how it works:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crown_Fountain

Welcome back, Ian.  Sounds like you had what I call the perfect holiday.....where you get to explore and learn.  Those are the most rewarding excursions that you always remember.   

Hey, Steph.  Hello and thanks for popping in.  You seem to be eternally busy.  When do you sleep?

Mindy, thanks for all the cute pics.  :)  Are those your two cats on top of the sofa?  They are cute.   

Comment by Ian Mason on September 14, 2013 at 11:10pm

Great pic, Ruth. Stealing it.

That's what I think too. Do things while you can. There's an Irish toast that says something like "enjoy life while you can because you're a long time dead". BTW, the oldest member of the group I was travelling with was 87! She didn't walk the gorge (only one other of the bunch did) but kept up with the rest in every other activity, including drinking and smoking!

 

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