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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 Lary9 on August 15, 2011 at 6:56am
"I 'Heart' Mother"
Nothing delights and astounds me more than the earthly varieties of life and habitat. And just as these two wonders are inseparable, I try not to compartmentalize myself into 'thinking man' and 'feeling man' since I can't really experience one without the other. Moreover, I was just expressing to my son last night how amazed I am that the work of evolution, in particular 'natural selection', leaves its signature all over 'creation'. It's constantly being revealed in the various structural and functional adaptations to the earth by currently living forms ---and, frequently, vice versa. This concept of Gaia, of a living, morphing geophysical entity that is both genesis engine and home to all living things, is central to my concept of self. I am as much a revelation of Mother Earth's beating heart as I am an American, a socialist or an atheist. All this serves to remind me that no Christian or Muslim or Jew is exempted from being human or acting humanely by believing in God. Likewise, no non-believer is ever banished from the human family for not believing either. We are all joined together at the deepest, prehistoric levels of relatedness and no Texas or Louisiana school boards can make it otherwise by clumsy fiat.
Comment by Plinius on August 14, 2011 at 11:52pm
Of course I celebrate the earth Alexa, it´s basic. I´m aware (for someone who lives in town) of the cycles of nature going on all the time and it´s my daily celebration to watch and to feel connected - even if there´s not so much nature here.
Comment by alexa penzner on August 14, 2011 at 2:29pm
chris - so simple, so true :]

("Hey, what's the point of bringing common sense to a debate if your opponent isn't?")
Comment by alexa penzner on August 14, 2011 at 2:24pm
hi - i have met 2 atheists into the Earth the way i am.  all religions celebrate holidays based way back on the turns of the earth: harvest, new moon, spring, sun return, mid-summer. . .  i celebrate the earth.  does anyone else feel this connection? being 'intellectual' and using reasoning is very important, but so is the emotional quality of life.  please, don't respond if you just want to tell me this not so; i just want to talk to people who wonder about or feel this connection - thanks :]
Comment by Chris Dodds on August 14, 2011 at 10:50am
Hey, what's the point of bringing common sense to a debate if your opponent isn't?
Comment by Ian Mason on August 14, 2011 at 10:31am

Welcome, Susan. Isn't reality wonderful? Fairy stories are good entertainment but you wouldn't like to base your life on them.

 

They're fine answers, Chris. If people don't want to debate with common sense and logic, why not make fun of them?

Comment by Chris Dodds on August 14, 2011 at 9:31am

I feel I should help us fight the prejudice against atheists out there.  Two of the most common questions I get asked as an atheist are "How can you deny that this world is the product of anything but intelligent design?" and "What do you yell out in bed?"

In the case of the former, I answer "I can deny that we're the byproduct of intelligent desgin because you're here."  With the latter, I go "Ask your wife."

I know it makes me sound like a dick, but I really don't care.

Comment by Susan Pfuntner on August 12, 2011 at 2:56pm
Hi I'm Susan. My husband and I both turned 40 this year and decided it was time to grow up and stop believing in fairytales. :)
Comment by MolotovDerp on August 9, 2011 at 10:27pm
I was peer pressured here :P
Comment by Diego Veríssimo Lakatos on August 9, 2011 at 8:35pm
I made a mistake, the link for the "Rational Society" is www.sociedaderacionalista.org
 

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