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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 December 6, 2012 at 12:09pm

Chris, your description, "I really came into my own when I discovered that we're all stardust - it's a source of happiness to me" says it all. Thank you for sharing, dear friend.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 6, 2012 at 12:01pm

That is what I need, a watch dog to watch me sneak that little tid-bit and pop it in my mouth ... no on second thought, I should be able to do that for myself. I am more like the cat, "Ill get my own damned food!" Well, if self-discipline doesn't stop me, my old heart will. And if I had a dog or cat, I probably would be giving into their beautiful eyes as they look for their share of my tid-bit. I do miss the neighbor children, dogs, and cats during cold weather, we all stay inside and don't play in the garden. 

Comment by Ian Mason on December 6, 2012 at 11:38am

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 6, 2012 at 11:21am

Sk8eycat, I like your story about Cosmos.  I also loved it, even as a believer in mormonism.

Comment by booklover on December 6, 2012 at 7:08am

Good Morning All!  Bonjour Napoleon!  Patricia, that is one of the cutest videos I have ever seen!  Thanks so much for posting it!  I shared it with a bunch of people.  Seeing animals do such amazing things makes me really happy.

Have a great Thursday everyone!

Comment by booklover on December 6, 2012 at 7:00am

Joan, thank you for that post.  Your outlook on life is positively WONDERFUL and so are YOU!  I'm grateful you're my friend, and I love to read your posts!  I never had to go what you went through, but reading the things you write makes me appreciate life and love and nature even more because of the way you describe it!  I do get to be with my son also, but he lives here while he goes to school, so I do get to experience a having a daughter and a son.  They don't have spouses yet, or children, so I still get them pretty to myself (well, I do have to share them with my husband, lol.)  I cared SO MUCH about what others thought of me when I was younger, I think I got cared-out! lol.  It IS freeing to not care what others think.  I love to just be who I am.  I agree animals make the world happier and better, and it IS awesome that someday we will just go back to the elements we came from, and particles of us will become something else.  You are so kind and I learn so much from you.  All of us here do.  Love you.  Your friend, Melinda

Comment by Plinius on December 6, 2012 at 1:26am

It must be fear, Sk8eycat, because the believers have taken an unseemly advantage of other lifeforms, by claiming to be better or more important. But the effect is bad, as I found out when growing up fundie: it isolates you from everything, even from yourself. I really came into my own when I discovered that we're all stardust - it's a source of happiness to me.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 6, 2012 at 12:19am

That's a very charming video, Patricia. Sort of says "it's natural to be nice".

Bonjour, monsieur. Vive la Marianne!

Comment by sk8eycat on December 5, 2012 at 6:25pm

Joan, I was SO proud to be working at KCET when Carl Sagan's "Cosmos" was in production there; I got chills sneaking onto the sets when they weren't in use. 

But the biggest thrill of all was when the series finally aired, and Sagan explained so clearly about supernovae and how "We are ALL made of star stuff."  And on another episode, when he looked right into the camera and said, "Evolution is a fact," I jumped up, cheered, and clapped my hands. (I was watching it alone at home.)

I do not understand why so many people have a problem with the fact that we are descended from blue-green algae and other life forms.  Even the buybull says Adam was made out of dirt, so what's the diff? ("Ashes to ashes, dust to dust."  That's their dogma, so what are they whining about?)

Comment by Ian Mason on December 5, 2012 at 3:45pm

Joan, that sounds like a happy nest of children, perhaps because you are so positive in your view of life.

Felaine, hoping for the best for you.

I've now found out that my flight WAS cancelled due to weather and not an airline fuck-up. The problem is that England grinds to a halt at the first hint of snow. A cross-channel rail trip would be something like a 24-hour trip, pehaps longer. A direct flight takes 1½ hours plus travelling time on the ground and the usual standing in queues, about 5-6 hours in all and is a lot cheaper if booked well in advance. Oh well, I've lived in Denmark for nearly 26 years and this is the first time it's happened so the odds have been pretty good. It's just bloody annoying that it happened now.

 

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