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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 Idaho Spud on February 11, 2015 at 1:19pm

Carl, I'll nth+1 what the others have said.  Hoping for your recovery.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 11, 2015 at 1:18pm

Joan, thanks for that video of Bill Nye refuting the climate denier.  Very good.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 11, 2015 at 12:18pm

Patricia and Joan, I really enjoyed your animal/companion contributions!  Cute. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 11, 2015 at 12:14pm

Carl, I'll second third nth all of that -- hang in there! I'm glad you're in good hands, surrounded by people who care... things will get better!

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 11, 2015 at 11:59am

You will be able to get through this Dark Era and your loving family and friends cheering you on. Your support teams are. 

Chris, the kitty purring sounds restful. 

Comment by Plinius on February 11, 2015 at 10:35am

I'm glad you're in good hands, Carl!

This is a good one for your blood pressure:

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

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 11, 2015 at 10:16am

My echo-cardiogram has been scheduled for this Friday, so hopefully next week a decision can be made about either having heart surgery or a kidney transplant first.  My kidneys have gotten worse and I'm in the position now of having to rely on family for meals.  I just don't have the energy to take care of myself.  Even small tasks like getting dressed leave me out of breath.  

If I end up having heart surgery first, I probably will need to be on dialysis as I recover.  

Thanks to all of you for your concerns.  I'm being well taken care of by my family.     

Comment by Randall Smith on February 11, 2015 at 7:43am

Carl, I admire your patience and positive attitude, frustrating as the waiting is. Hang in there, my friend.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 11, 2015 at 1:20am

Oh dear, the waiting must get annoying, to say the least. Being thorough is a good thing, even as it results in irritation. How are you feeling, besides anxious and frustrated? Neither of those feelings helps. Your snow level continues; hopefully that will end soon.  

OK Carl, get out your relaxation tapes and whatever else you can use to get through this period. I/we think of you and wish you the very best of health. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 11, 2015 at 1:13am

Bill Nye the Science Guy has no patience with climate deniers

Facts are fact and how people in responsible places in government can deny climate change, caused by human activity, and threatening our planet, boggles my imagination.  

 

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