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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 The Flying Atheist on Tuesday

That's perfect for Father's Day, Chris.  I get the feeling fundamentalist christians wouldn't grasp the absurdity of the situation.  If it's martyrdom, if must be good and righteous.  

One of my favorite time periods for film is the late 1940's and early 1950's classic film noir.  Dark and moody, raw and unforgiving, glamorous and gritty, femme fatales, crooked cops, mobsters, and lawless private eyes, all in beautiful black and white with brassy soundtracks

Comment by Chris on Tuesday

Cartoons, Vaudville, Birlesque and movies before some sort of 'prohibition' of resque behavior was banned.

Betty Boop cartoons' were curtailed.

I herad  that people in the 1920's, or even working class people in the 1700's had more freedom to be themselves than the 1950's.

Movies in the 30's had to tell a story of hope because of the depression. Early '40's were for war effort.

Perhaps that may have been a reason why 1949 was a great year for movies.

It seems today  movies are geared towards noncostudial parents to take the kid out during 'visitation- err parenting time'

Marriage is a legal contract. The cerimony is non-binding.

More mariage cerimonies are in order without the religious order to have sex for procreation.

Comment by Ian Mason on Tuesday

Good one, Chris. The absurdity of blind obedience.

Another absurd thing: in the Greek Orthodox church, if a layman puts a foot into the priest's vestry the whole church has to be re-sanctified by the patriarch. If a woman puts her foot there, the church has to be re-sanctified TWICE.

Comment by Chris on Tuesday

Sorry for my sarcasm and inability to post the image.

The image  about Father's Day is  located @ https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-lzd6QLQzHqU/WUZ0FfIIEBI/AAAAAAAB...

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Tuesday

So many weddings. Thanks for sharing.

I'm so busy trying to make sense of politics and then condense it into letters to legislators, that I've had little time here for just keeping up. Sorry, all. It' been depressing.

Comment by Loren Miller on Monday

Meanwhile, I attended the wedding of one of my wife's sons and his girlfriend this past Saturday.  Between 2009 and now they've had four kids together and about two years ago decided to tie the knot.  I was especially pleased to see the return of the same secular officiant who performed the ceremony not quite a year back with another of my wife's kids.

Another of the benefits of secular ceremonies: BREVITY!  I don't think the whole thing went 15 minutes!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on Monday

The wedding was between my second cousin and his girlfriend.  They are in their late twenties and completely normal and great people.  The bride's father is one of the priests of this church and he participated in marrying them, so I can imagine the insanely intense pressure put upon these two to have such a wedding ceremony.  They have been dating for 8 or 9 years and they are a great couple.  I know that they don't subscribe to the whole "man in charge/woman subservient" bullshit.  For myself, no matter how much I loved someone, I wouldn't be able to bring myself to participate in such a ceremony, even just for show.    

Like I said, it sure was an interesting experience with many raised eyebrows and eye rolls from me.  I was sitting between two of my non-religious cousins, so we were able to share several whispered jokes between us.  One priest chanted the story from the bible about the wedding celebration where the wine runs out and Jesus changes barrels of water to wine.  It was strange to hear the bible chanted throughout the service instead of spoken.  My biggest takeaway from the experience is that despite all the flashy pomp and circumstance, the priestly robes, the metered application of incense at certain locations, two priests seeming needed to kiss the gold plated cover of the bible, etc., is that absolutely none of these ritualistic acts are mentioned in the bible.

Comment by Idaho Spud on Monday

Carl, I would have had to grit my teeth and fight the urge to walk-out.  That's what I did at my brother's wedding.  Fought the urge and stayed in my seat.  What insanity.

Comment by Ian Mason on Monday

Joan, I agree wholeheartedly. John Lydon (Johnny Rotten of Sex Pistols fame) has later said of the 70s that it was the decade when 'the working class forgot it was a class,'

An interesting bit of time travel, Carl. It's strange that such things survive but people seem to put up with the absurd as long as it's 'traditional.'

Comment by Plinius on Monday

Sounds like a special experience, Carl, but I thought the women who wold put up with a 'head of the family' had died out by now...

 

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