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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 Plinius on March 2, 2013 at 10:45am

Thanks Melinda and Ian - it works well to reward myself for duty, I've slept off my headache and my roof garden plants look happy!

Comment by Ian Mason on March 2, 2013 at 9:49am

Iggy Pope would at least be more entertaining :-)

Well done Chris. Motivation with a reward is a good way to get duty done.

Comment by Steph S. on March 2, 2013 at 9:28am

HAHA - so funny

Comment by Steph S. on March 2, 2013 at 9:27am

Oh booklover the Facebook cat and the liquid cat are just so good. Love them. So many great pics for my collection. I love that weekend cat Ruth and Napoleon Iggy pope is funny. Maybe the new pope will look something like that. hehe

Yes, it is best just to change the subject when religion is brought up - if you want to remain friends. I can see the conversation getting heated when discussing religion with a theist.

Comment by Plinius on March 2, 2013 at 1:17am

Yes, time flies and for me it's a good time now! I worked through a nasty packet of administration and it even looks quite acceptable! I haven't got a good way with numbers and get a horrible headache on top but I finished it! Yeahh! And now I can go and plant the first seedlings in my roof vegetable garden! I was looking forward to that!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 2, 2013 at 12:06am

Yeah, march 2013 already. Time whizzes by.

Grumpycat really is a viral meme. He's getting outside of the grumpy ghetto I see.

Thanks for the “Things that lower abortion rates” sign, booklover. That’s so on target.

Proof reading being outsourced to Asia now?

 Good hypothesis, Ian. That’s plausible and would explain so much.

Happy weekend, all.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 1, 2013 at 11:01pm
In 1969 we lived at Ft. Hood, TX; a news report said a farmer was plowing his field, dropped a tool and he didn't see where it landed but heard a "thunk". He looked into what looked like a hole and began the discovery of a sink hole. I piled the kids, 3 5-year olds, and headed to the farm. He opened up an entry way and offered people looks inside. We arrived at his farm and there were no other tourists, but he took us into the cavern and into a crystal room. I looked for it on Google and find dozens of sink hole/caverns in that area between Fr. Hood and San Marcos. Sadly, my children don't remember that adventure. There were walls of crystals, some the size of pencils and some 4-6" thick and 2-3 feet long. Sorry, I don't remember the name of the farm, but it was near San Marcos off I-35.
Here is a great site for karst topography of that area:
http://www.esi.utexas.edu/outreach/caves/texascaves.php
Comment by Steph S. on March 1, 2013 at 5:35pm

Oh thanks so much booklover -you are so sweet. I hope you enjoy your time tonight with your friend and have a great time on your trip with your family. I hope you get some great pictures.

Comment by Steph S. on March 1, 2013 at 5:09pm

Hey booklover -can you believe it's March already? I mean wow - time is flying.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 1, 2013 at 3:40pm

Lots of cute & funny pictures.  I especially like "stealin' mah bag" and "Partners in Crime".  

 

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