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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 Ian Mason on March 9, 2013 at 3:05pm

Joan, thanks for the Symphony of Science and Beauty of Science videos. Great stuff.

I agree with you whole-heartedly in your view of the world situation. I wonder what kind of society my daughter will live in when she's my age in 30 years time and I'm not sure it will be a better one.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 9, 2013 at 2:35pm

Yes, I've seen several documentaries with the Amazing Randi including one where he and a scientist went to France (?) to observe an experiment that claimed to prove that homeopathic water is different from other water. When observed by outsiders, the experiment failed. It's hard to trick a trickster :-)

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 9, 2013 at 2:34pm
I am happier now, too, than I was as a child and have access to many more comforts and labor saving devices than former generations. Of course, my parent's generation went from the Great Depression and didn't live long enough to see this recent decline in economics and the take over of politics by money people. Their generation observed the break-up of vast wealth and empire, and the growth of the middle class. They grew older knowing life was getting better for them and I had a brighter start in life and a promising future for me.
We live in different times now. We must scale back, there are not enough jobs for all the people needing paid labor, we have to unlink from consumerism and big banks, even as power lies with BIG. Tax rules and laws that do not provide the kinds of protections to small businesses of my parent's day make entrepreneurial effort very risky today. Protections for wage earners decline because of heavy taxes on their efforts while wealth can legally get away with not paying their share. Education for wealthy people is not at risk. Working class families find it very difficult if not impossible to fund education. Grants and loans become more difficult to find and cost more. With the growth of science and technology, formal training costs more than growing up on a farm and learning from former generations. Amazing things happen every day that require math and science education. The clever will find a way to be educated. What about those who are not clever? Will they be confined to low paying service industry jobs? Will they have opportunity to advance economically? It depends on their ability and willingness to work hard, think hard, and to be persistant. Even if they do all that, there are still not enough jobs for all those families that need jobs.
Comment by Idaho Spud on March 9, 2013 at 2:11pm

Joan, thanks for the Beauty of Science.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 9, 2013 at 2:10pm

We need to talk!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 9, 2013 at 2:03pm

I raise my cup of tea to join your toast to progress, Ian. Despite the degradation of democracy, Climate Destabilization, and takeover by the super rich, overall I'm happier with the world today than when I was a child. My mom had a wringer washer and hung everything out to dry too. At least our washing machine had hot water, though I seem to remember her filling the tub from a hose.

Hellfire and Dalmations, hahaha. Thanks Idaho Spud!

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 9, 2013 at 1:29pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 9, 2013 at 12:42pm

Ian, are you familiar with The Amazing Randi? He is a skeptic, challenger of paranormal science and pseudoscience. He is known as a debunker and he says "there is a lot of bunk".

http://www.randi.org/site/

Comment by Ian Mason on March 9, 2013 at 6:21am

Great post, Joan. There are always more questions than answers - that's one of the things that make life exciting. If that wasn't the case we would stagnate and decay.

There's one exception for me. I can't watch magicians. I'm impressed by the trick but always want to know how it's done. If there's no explanation to be had, I don't want to see the trick.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 9, 2013 at 2:37am
Chris, your story, so descriptive, tells of the very hard work of doing the laundry and that stirred memories of the smell of Purex! Thanks for your memories and reminders of dry skin and the smell of perspiration. Also, the once a week shampoo. Oh dear!
 

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