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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 April 22, 2013 at 3:16pm
Inventions, discoveries, introductions during this period:
• Harappan civilisation, at its peak, covered an area of around 480,000 km² (298 258.172 mi²). Its heartland lay in the Indus river valley in Pakistan, but settlements spread as far as the Makran coast, Baluchistan, Afghanistan, eastern Punjab, Kutch and Saurashtra. They included cities likeHarappa, Mohenjo-daro, Kalibangan, Dholavira, ports like Lothal, Sutkagen-dor and Sotka-koh and numerous villages as well. They used irrigation to farm and constructed cities. The two main cities had sewage systems, bronze, trade tokens (early coins), and hieroglyphs. There were even baths at one of the villages, besides the great baths of brick in each city. Geometry of shrines and altars tends to identify these with the cities of the Yajur Veda: they might easily be a thousand years older than this conservative date.
• Cycladic marble figures depict the use of both the musical pipe and the kithara form of lyre. (Archaeology of the Olympics 1988)
• Earliest surviving ski is left in a peat bog at Hoting, Sweden, about this time. (Encyc. Americana)
• Sumerians use domestic asses on war chariots (Standard of Ur), not onagers as early interpreters claimed. (Clutton-Brock)
• Agriculture at Prieta Huaca includes cotton and bottle-gourds. (Bailey 1973)
• Statue of Ebih-Il, at Mari
Comment by Joan Denoo on April 22, 2013 at 2:57pm

Dr. Terence Meaden photo

Stonehenge rock face built about 2450 BC

The 25th century BC is a century which lasted from the year 2500 BCE to 2401 BCE.

  • c. 2450 BCE: End of the Early Dynastic IIIa Period and beginning of the Early Dynastic IIIb Period in Sumer.
  • c. 2450 BCEKish is lost to Khamazi tribesmen of the Kurdistan mountains; Elamites from Awanoccupy parts of Sumer. (Roux 1980)
  • c. 2410 BCE: By this time, kings in Sumer have ceased to be automatically high priests of the city deity. (Roux 1980) Semitic infiltration and conquest of Mesopotamia begins. (1968 RD Almanac)
  • c. 2400 BCE–2200 BCE: Construction of Stonehenge

Significant persons during that period:

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 22, 2013 at 2:56pm

Dr. Terence Meaden photo

Stonehenge rock face built about 2450 BC

The 25th century BC is a century which lasted from the year 2500 BCE to 2401 BCE.

  • c. 2450 BCE: End of the Early Dynastic IIIa Period and beginning of the Early Dynastic IIIb Period in Sumer.
  • c. 2450 BCEKish is lost to Khamazi tribesmen of the Kurdistan mountains; Elamites from Awanoccupy parts of Sumer. (Roux 1980)
  • c. 2410 BCE: By this time, kings in Sumer have ceased to be automatically high priests of the city deity. (Roux 1980) Semitic infiltration and conquest of Mesopotamia begins. (1968 RD Almanac)
  • c. 2400 BCE–2200 BCE: Construction of Stonehenge

Significant persons during that period:

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 22, 2013 at 12:52pm

Honors, Ian, for participating in the Greenpeace Human Banner.

I can’t see a face in the Stonehenge stone, Joan. While the Earth Mother may be a myth, I find it useful for communication. Anthropomorphism is a tool of communication.  That whimsical Parade painting is creepycute.

I am a little old lady who has learned a lot in my years and I like to share my ideas with others. If that makes me "an enemy of the people", then maybe the people need an enemy. 

ROFL Right On!

The Give Earth A Hand video is great! Thanks.

The UG addition to the Pledge as a business inspired plot to connect religion to capitalism., that’s plausible Tom.

I hope your daughter finishes her senior year, Melinda. Nice uplifting LOLcat, to brighten my afternoon.

Loren, that "If God Were A Car” was a hoot!

The Family gives me the creeps, sk8eycat. That Hillary belongs is a black mark against her. Yes, Tom, they “have to pander” but I don’t think she needs to sink to that level.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 22, 2013 at 12:25pm

“Just as we loudly proclaim our atheistic world view, we can look at the religious with pity as they humble themselves and grovel before their imaginary gods that exist nowhere but inside their heads.”

Dr. Terence Meaden

Comment by Ian Mason on April 22, 2013 at 11:51am

Glad you had a good weekend, Melinda and I hope things get better for your daughter. Depression is an evil bastard that love to kick those who are already half-way down.

Comment by Steph S. on April 22, 2013 at 11:46am

That is really funny booklover!!

Comment by Steph S. on April 22, 2013 at 11:38am

Loren I could not agree more with that quote about religion and morals.

Comment by booklover on April 22, 2013 at 9:45am

Comment by Ian Mason on April 22, 2013 at 8:39am

Sorry, wrong pic the forst time.

 

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