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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 on Wednesday. 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 March 31, 2013 at 10:11pm

Tony that is great - LOL!

Thanks sk8eycat - perhaps you can share that with the bird group too. WE would love it. : )

Comment by sk8eycat on March 31, 2013 at 9:54pm

This should really go in Steph's Birds group, but I felt like sharing it with everybody in here. 

 
It's a link to lots and LOTS of "bird cam" links...listed by types of birds. 
 
"Billions and billions"
Comment by Tony Carroll on March 31, 2013 at 8:41pm

In comemoration of Easter, I submit the following.

Comment by Steph S. on March 31, 2013 at 6:41pm

Comment by Steph S. on March 31, 2013 at 6:40pm

Booklover you have such a beautiful daughter and a beautiful black kitty too.

Joan that feast sounds wonderful - so nice to have your family there with you.

Beautiful hiking pictures Joan.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 31, 2013 at 6:23pm

Sunday morning, at my daughter's home with her husband and soon to be joined by two grandaughters and their mates, and five great-grandchildren, celebrate coming spring. Of course a big feast of baked ham, au gratin potatoes, cole slaw, and all the trimmings send out aromas as they bake and marinate. 

My granddaughter, her mate, and their blended family of five children hiking this morning sent back these photos. We will all be together this evening with a shared dinner. 

Snow on the ground in the forest that surrounds their home has almost melted. A white rabbit and deer peak in on us, just checking in. Even Dominic and Spaz, dogs, watch them, but accept wild  visitors. There is something special about this family.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 31, 2013 at 5:34pm
I appreciate your sharing, Patricia; the positive support that comes from staff feels so good, and then from family and friends is like frosting on a cake. I am prepared for the bad stuff, even with some good relaxation processes. I expect to complain when the time comes.
Comment by Grinning Cat on March 31, 2013 at 4:49pm

Melinda, it's great to see you and your daughter enjoying time together!

And thanks for that good advice on dealing with preachy Christian Facebook friends: "Unfriend them.... just because they don't see you on their friends list doesn't mean you're not there. Have faith."

Sk8eycat, that picture "This is not a chicken ... this is not a person ... this is not a difficult concept" is right on. A potential child is not yet a person. The unspoken "personhood" / "child" / "unborn baby" assumption behind anti-choice arguments needs to be consistently spoken and refuted.

Spud, observant Jews' Sabbath practices actually do follow somewhat logically from their (crazy!) axioms. The 39 categories of creative or controlling actions (rather than physical effort) that they avoid on the Sabbath are extrapolated from the categories of "work" used to build the tabernacle in the desert. Electricity is seen as a sort of "fire" that shouldn't be controlled directly, but timers and thermostats are OK, as is keeping food hot with a stove or oven that's already on. And as Melinda mentioned, traditional Jews are actually required to violate the Sabbath rules (and most others) when it means saving someone's life.

Many humanistic Jews, while rejecting "god said so" or "the rabbis said so", find value in the Sabbath as a time to "rest" from trying to dominate and control the world and other people, and appreciate who and what we have. It also asserts that time off isn't just for the rich, and that our dignity is based on more than our jobs and paychecks.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 31, 2013 at 7:47am

Not important, but I had another thought about the Shakespearian nom bird picture.  I wonder if it could be real, but rotated.  The branch could be slanting down to the right, and the bird is standing plumb.  Not likely, just a thought.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 31, 2013 at 7:41am

Steph, the cat chewing on the braid made me smile.

 

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