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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 June 15, 2015 at 8:48am

Chris, I just finished listening to the video of piano music by Simeon ten Holt.  It was great background music while I sipped coffee and read the morning news. 

Ian, I see you have a close election coming up between conservatives and the ruling Social Democrats.  Reuters news.  I didn't realize Greenland (and the Faroe Islands) had representation in your Parliament. 

Yes, Randy, Jeb Bush is crazy boring.  All the other Republican candidates are just plain crazy.  And even more may still throw their hat in the ring.  Still waiting to hear from Jindal and Trump.  LOL

Comment by Randall Smith on June 15, 2015 at 7:28am

I'm already tired of hearing Bernie's tirade, but I suppose he must keep pounding away until everybody gets his message. And is it just me, or is Jeb Bush the most boring person on earth? Yawn. It's going to be a long year and a half.

Comment by Plinius on June 15, 2015 at 1:24am

I can't suggest a Dowland song for you Joan, I think they don't match your mood.

Comment by Plinius on June 15, 2015 at 1:19am

I thought I'd seen that dog in Naples, Ian! The mosaics were fantastic!

Joan, I grew up with baroque music - Bach in church - like many people, but I discovered so many other styles. When vinyl was sold for the price of old paper, we made a collection of music that was new to us, from everywhere, old and new, and it still delights us. This is one of my favorites: minimal music by Simeon ten Holt.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDCsOL2vBJc

Comment by sk8eycat on June 14, 2015 at 10:59pm

http://www.religionnews.com/2015/04/29/5-faith-facts-bernie-sanders...

5 faith facts about Bernie Sanders: Unabashedly irreligious

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 14, 2015 at 10:37pm

From Ed: 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 14, 2015 at 10:05pm

Felaine, I agree, Sanders is more honest and capable than Mrs. "Let's-Invade-Iraq Clinton".

 Let's-Invade-Iraq Clinton.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 14, 2015 at 9:56pm

On this issue, I don't give a rat's ass....he's more honest and capable than Mrs. Let's-Invade-Iraq Clinton.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 14, 2015 at 9:41pm

Why did Bernie leave the Independent position and move to Democrat?

Why did he say he would support Hillary if she got the nomination?

Why has Bernie taken the stand he has about the Israel/Palestinian conflict?

Why does he vote for funding Israel?

Why does Bernie support, financially, the Zionist state that was founded in ethnic cleansing and on the premise of Jewish privilege and rule? 

Why does Bernie support the mass slaughter of Palestinians when Israilis live according to the Zionist principles that come straight out of the Old Testament? 

The Zionist state was founded in ethic cleansing and on the premise of Jewish privilege and rule -- mass slaughter is inherent to the Zionist project. It always has been -- and always will be.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 14, 2015 at 8:51pm

Ian, that's a great motto.  The problem with a lot of people is that they are afraid of progress.  In addition, they keep trying to pass onto others their own ideas of a perfect world based on ideologies that are faulty at the core.

 

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