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Degrees of Doubt: The Claims and Credentials of Ravi Zacharias (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris May 17. 1 Reply

Anyone here ever run onto an apologist by the name of Ravi Zacharias?  I've seen his name dropped multiple times on YouTube as supposedly being THE ONE APOLOGIST that no atheist wants to cross swords with, because of his facility with christian…Continue

Tags: Ravi Zacharias, Steve Baughman, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S Apr 19. 7 Replies

Before Aron Ra and Matt Dillahunty, before Dawkins or Dennett or Harris or even Hitchens, there was Madalyn Murray O'Hair.  In the midst of an America where Christianity was being flaunted as a defense against the godless communists of the Soviet…Continue

Tags: Frank Zindler, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Todd Williams Apr 12. 16 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

attacking ideas (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 1 Reply

Attacking ideas is a considerable portion of what we as atheists do.  Why attack ideas?  Ideas earn attack when they don't serve people, not just us but those who adopt said ideas, mistakenly thinking that they have value when they don't.  Our…Continue

Tags: ideas, Islam, TheraminTrees

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 40 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Mar 28. 16 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

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Comment by Daniel W on July 17, 2011 at 12:54am
Comment by Marcelo Martínez Cuevas on July 17, 2011 at 12:28am
Just passing by to say hi to everyone...
Comment by tom sarbeck on July 17, 2011 at 12:18am

Dave Silverman, of American Atheists, was on Fox and Friends this morning (Sat) and said the Hair Man was using religion to direct attention away from his own failure to fix problems in Texas.

 

Comment by Lary9 on July 16, 2011 at 11:40pm
Candace and Alyson~ I've been to Texas and explored its variety of habitats. No doubt about it, Texas is a starkly beautiful, yet occasionally plush, place. My attitude isn't shaped by the natural wonder of it, the climate, the sunsets, or the warm, arid days that tamp down anxiety in the cowboy heart. It's about the people...and even then, it's only about the people when they gather in self-suggestive mobs and chant religious spells to invisible, omnipotent authorities and then claim that personal revelation has occurred. My problem is with Texas when it's crazy. Unfortunately, it has more than its share of that. Who knows why.
Comment by Chris on July 16, 2011 at 5:46pm
A funny reply to what church to you belong to is : Pastafarian.
Comment by dr kellie on July 16, 2011 at 4:28pm
I love the Damned Bridge Club! 
Comment by Natalie A Sera on July 16, 2011 at 2:35pm

Kit, I had my first teaching job in western Nebraska, and the question "What church do you go to" is the first question they ask there, too. I was raised in Los Angeles, and California and the West in general are pretty laid-back about religion, and at the time, I still identified as Jewish (I still do, culturally and ethnically), and their usual reaction was "Oh, do you know Dr. Nashelsky? He's Jewish!" That was the only thing they could think of to say.

The biggest issue for me was that the entire community revolved around the church, and since I wasn't a church member, I was basically an outsider, with very little social life. In retrospect, I learned something, but I was never so glad as when I got another job out West, and could get out of there!

Comment by G Smith on July 16, 2011 at 9:02am

I often heard:

1. Oh, I don't really know for sure.

2. I have to pretend to believe to get along here.

3. I say I believe because if my mom heard different, she'd just die.

Comment by Kit Blumenstein on July 16, 2011 at 8:45am

I do know what you mean, Candace as I currently live in the DFW area.  Sometimes escape from the plains is required to renew and rejuvenate.  I grew up in San Antonio, and spent much of my youth working on a ranch in the hill country.  The beauty of Texas may something for only those of us who live here.  The INstanTEA of Texas is another thing, that needs to be sent far, far away.

 

@ Gary, these days when meeting someone new the first question they will ask is "What church do y'all go to?"  Grammar aside, should the answer be none or one that is considered unacceptable, all conversation ceases and even names are not exchanged.

 

Should the frontman for the "hair club for men" gain in the polls, it will in part be due to his peddling of his convenient use of religion.  This governor has accomplished little and rides on the backs of those who did work for the betterment and progess of this state. 

Comment by G Smith on July 16, 2011 at 2:38am
I lived in Texas for nearly 15 years, just west of Fort Worth.  I found that when I asked people there whether they believed in a god, they almost always said that they did.  However, when I prefaced the question by saying that I didn't believe, I often got a different answer.
 

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