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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 The Flying Atheist on December 7, 2014 at 6:57pm

Some Sunday evening easy-listening sounds from a fantastic singer from days gone by.  I hope you enjoy......

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 7, 2014 at 10:57am

Randall, I've also seen video footage of the Marshmallow experiment.  Like Mindy said, it's interesting to watch the kids faces as they ponder what they should do. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 7, 2014 at 10:52am

Sorry to hear of your family's loss, Ian.

Comment by booklover on December 7, 2014 at 8:24am

Comment by booklover on December 7, 2014 at 8:22am

Sorry about your daughter's grandfather, Ian.

That book sounds very interesting, Patricia. 

I saw a story on the kids doing the marshmallow test, Randy.  It was cute how they looked at it and looked at it, and you could see the wheels spinning...

Yeah Carl,  I wonder how those people with huge fortunes who are going to share with us if we send them money get our e-mail addresses? I know there must be people naive enough to fall for that, but I can't imagine!

Comment by Randall Smith on December 7, 2014 at 7:40am

Sorry, Ian. Evidently it was the grandfather on your daughter's mother's side?

Speaking of books, I just finished The Marshmallow Test, which goes into detail about the evidence that kids postponing the gratification of eating one marshmallow immediately by waiting  for two of them later gives an indication of self control later in life, which leads to bigger and better things. It's really a "no duh" socialogy thing, but it's now substantiated. (There's much more to the book than that.)

Comment by Plinius on December 7, 2014 at 1:25am

I'm sorry for your loss, Ian.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 7, 2014 at 1:18am

I got the news yesterday that my daughter's Grandfather had died during the night. It was expected and the family had a chance to be with him at the end. Sad, though. He's been a permanent fixture to a greater or lesser degree throughout my 29 years in Denmark.

Comment by Patricia on December 6, 2014 at 6:01pm

This book is an eye-opener.....

Boldly stated and passionately supported, this argument against religious influence on the American government and legal system analyzes the impact that religion has on culture in the United States. The book makes the claim that many laws based on religious beliefs, specifically theology promoted in the Middle Ages, are misattributed as long-standing social values and that changing the theology itself threatens the religious institution supporting it—igniting a cultural war engulfed in fear and resulting in political dysfunction. It reveals that from sexuality to family planning and the tax system, religious doctrines permeate and direct American life without accounting for the differing views of individuals, and in response, the author provides strategies for overcoming the imposition of external religious views and demonstrates the value in standing up for a secular nation where morality is not tied to one particular religious group.

Comment by Patricia on December 6, 2014 at 4:15pm

OH NO, Carl......really???? That's a shame, huh?

Nobody gets my email address on here unless I've gotten to know them over a period of time. Joan has it, & I'd share with my friends here too if they want it, but not some newcomer who wants to ''tell me something privately''.

Not the least bit interested, nor care, thanks muchly.

 

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