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Picture yourself spending some time with congenial friends, sharing your lives and pictures from your cell phones." They're curious about that cool game, song, movie, camping trip, art show, or other event that fascinated you. You talk about all kinds of stuff, poetry, styles, personal achievements, relationships, and bad days. You can share your inner child, and laugh together. They sympathetically listen to your feelings about serious topics like politics or climate change, even when they don't agree.

Personal validation comes from paying attention to one another, giving more than you get. Everyone respects you and themselves, despite our amazing range of personal tastes and interests. They'll tell you they don't agree with an idea or behavior without implying you're a bad person or somehow deficient. It's an "I'm OK, You're OK" kind of fellowship, where nobody tries to make himself look better by picking on somebody else.

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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 Steph S. on December 27, 2012 at 12:02pm

Congrats Ruth! 800 Members!

Way to go!

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 27, 2012 at 11:09am
Congratulations Ruth! 800 and growing. Of course, people like excellent writing and reporting.
Comment by Ian Mason on December 27, 2012 at 12:49am

Well done all, for getting through the ups and downs. Onward to the new year!

Comment by Plinius on December 27, 2012 at 12:45am

Survived! We did our two chores: demented aunt, who keeps on repeating the same remarks and questions every minute, and the second is Asperger brother-in-law, who keeps on giggling about nothing and never hears what I say. They don't like each other so we invite them on different days. I'm glad they enjoyed themselves - and I take the rest of the year off!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 26, 2012 at 11:52pm

Thanks for the cute cat pics, Steph and booklover. Three books in four days. Get well soon, Ian. You take any sublingual B-12?

Enjoy the days off, everyone. Hugs!

Comment by Ian Mason on December 26, 2012 at 2:25pm

Hope everyone has enjoyed the seasonal celebrations. I haven't been out much but on the other hand, I have recommendations for what to use those book-tokens auntie gave you on:

"The Etymologicon" by Mark Forsyth. An eccentric but logical whirlwind ride through the origins or English words and phrases. Will create an addiction and the overwhelming urge to tell people exactly what they're saying really means.

"Jingo" by Terry Pratchett. A fable for out times, set in (on?) the Discworld. Greedy, merchantile Ankh Morpork goes to war with the unstable desert realm of Klatch over a meaningless little island.

"Cider with Rosie" by Laurie Lee. An oldie but a goodie. I don't know why I've never read it before, just coincidence I think. Early 20th century childhood in a Cotswold valley. It lives up to the decription H.E.Bates gave it of being "one long prose poem".

There's something to be said for being a bit "under the weather" on days off. 3 books in 4 days :-) Have now started "No country for old men" by Cormac McArthy but work starts again this evening, so back to the old routine.

Love to you all.

Comment by Tony Carroll on December 26, 2012 at 1:57pm

Survived. Food was great, and only one prayer to suffer through. Though my son kept making faces at me during it, to try to get me to laugh. I'm an easy one to get to make laugh. But I made it.

Comment by Steph S. on December 26, 2012 at 11:20am

Hope you feel better soon Ian.

Did everyone survive Xmas with the relatives?

Comment by Ian Mason on December 25, 2012 at 1:46pm

This part of everyone if fine apart from some bothersome virus in the throat - but that just means I have to drink more tea :-)

How are you? Are you enjoying the holidays?

Comment by Steph S. on December 25, 2012 at 11:06am

Tony - that Aztec picture is really cool.

I'm pulling pics you all have posted here. So - I am adding to my graphics collection. Thanks for all the wonderful posts.

 

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