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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 December 23, 2014 at 9:11am

2 bibles?! I hope they go down well, and don't forget the doggybags when you walk him...

Comment by Deidre on December 23, 2014 at 8:24am

Wanted to wish everyone here a safe and happy holiday week!

:)

Comment by Randall Smith on December 23, 2014 at 7:37am

Spoiler alert! The Keane movie is based on a true story. It wasn't the man who painted all those wide-eyed "creatures", but his wife! He couldn't paint a lick, but took all the credit, coercing her to keep her mouth shut. She's still alive and painting. 

Comment by sk8eycat on December 23, 2014 at 3:46am

There was somebody else in the late 1960s who painted big-eyed dogs and cats...usually crying.  Disgusting.  IF an animal has teary eyes, it needs to see an ophthalmologist. 

There are veterinary eye specialists....amazing people!  I had to take my T. Devil to one....he had hydrostatic shock in both eyes from jumping from great heights....when he weighed 20 lbs. Couldn't save his eyes....and the saddest thing was that my Dad died while this was going on, and Mr. Devil would get in my dad's chair when it was time for the news....and wait, and wait, and wait.  It took him almosta year to realize that Dad was gone forever.

How do you explain things like that to a cat?

Comment by Plinius on December 23, 2014 at 3:05am

Of course it's all right, Felaine!

Something in the style reminds me of the Dutch COBRA artist Karel Appel, who painted hungry children just after WWII, but there's a world of difference - Keane is phoney.

Comment by sk8eycat on December 23, 2014 at 2:27am

Chris, I love your snarky comment....I may turn it into a greetihng card, if that's all right with you.

Comment by sk8eycat on December 23, 2014 at 2:17am

I don't want to give you nightmares, but they ARE tacky....always were.

The "artist" is a JW.....puke!

Comment by Plinius on December 23, 2014 at 1:05am

Yes, the Keane paintings - what a depressing sort of art is that! I may barf too! It's the barfing season anyway, with all the sugared xmas stories and all the other seasonal nonsense. Let's be kind to homeless people so we feel good and then we can neglect and ignore them for another year.

Comment by sk8eycat on December 23, 2014 at 12:04am

Does anyone else remember the so-called Keane paintings of big-eyed children that were so popular in the hippie days of the 1950s?  Someone has made a movie about the "artist." 

I may barf.

Comment by sk8eycat on December 22, 2014 at 9:44am

I've loved this recording ever since it was first released:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7iLc7XhU8E

 

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