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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 Grinning Cat on February 14, 2013 at 3:01pm

Here's a better-qualified candidate for Pope: (h/t Aurea Loepp)

"Pope resigns, scientist applies for job"

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/brain-flapping/2013/feb/11/pope-r...

... Although I am not a practising member of the Catholic (or any other) Church, I am a qualified and enthusiastic scientist. I believe this makes me an ideal choice for the next pope, for a number of reasons. For example, I have had many jobs where it is compulsory to wear a white coat, and the wearing of long white garments appears to be the main duty of the pope. I also regularly lecture on the subject of neuroscience, so am extensively experienced at speaking in an unfamiliar language to rooms full of people who are struggling to stay awake, so it would be no trouble for me to offer Mass whenever required....

(emphases added)

Comment by Steph S. on February 14, 2013 at 12:23pm

Love all the posts and pictures everyone- Happy Valentines Day!

Comment by John Lynch on February 14, 2013 at 11:00am

Interesting about Valentine's day. I hope it does not ruin your dayhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentine's_Day

Comment by booklover on February 14, 2013 at 8:02am

Comment by booklover on February 14, 2013 at 8:01am

Happy Heart Day Everyone!  LOVE the bathroom sign Ruth, ugh, LOL!

Comment by Tony Carroll on February 14, 2013 at 5:30am

Happy Valentines to one and all!

Comment by Lillie on February 13, 2013 at 8:55pm

I like Michael Shermer's idea.  Thanks Patricia.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 13, 2013 at 7:54pm

Apropos of nothing.

Comment by John Lynch on February 13, 2013 at 2:28pm

Maybe some time in the future the Catholic church will self destruct but they are experts at distraction. Catholics hold on to religion like all of them. Good old fear. Younger generations may wise up but in the US where science is being stifled has a long way to go. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 13, 2013 at 1:22pm

That is a good message, Melinda; quite a few accepting churches would agree. (People who are against equal marriage tend to think "religious freedom" only goes their way.)

Loren showed us a do-it-yourself church sign site which "will take any text you want, blasphemous or not, and create a believable looking church sign for it!" (It's based on photos of real signs.)

Ethical Culture folks might agree with this thought:

 

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