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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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 12, 2014 at 12:56pm

Thanks for sharing, Joan. Enjoy your new coat!

It's 65.8°F here. We won't get the Omega Block till tomorrow in the Phila area.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 12, 2014 at 12:45pm

A day late, maybe, but worthy of your attention in any case, or so I think.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 12, 2014 at 12:08pm

13 degrees here, with a high of 21 expected.  It was 0 degrees F at 7:19 this morning.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 12, 2014 at 12:07pm

Joan, I agree with Mindy, as usual.  What an amazing family, started by an amazing woman who made an amazing escape from abuse.  They should make a movie.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 12, 2014 at 11:59am

Yup, cold here as well, Joan.  28-degrees.  At least it's sunny!  We're expecting a high of 35-degrees.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 12, 2014 at 11:08am

Mindy, I am so glad to learn that your daughter is able to go back to school and work at creating her life. She has courage beyond my understanding. Having such a loving and supportive family makes all the difference. With your support, she has every reason to believe that her life will be a happy, healthy and productive one.

I know it puts a strain on you, and you are strong and able to provide the kinds of support that will make her good nature shine. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 12, 2014 at 10:31am

Good morning from one cold place to your cold place. It seems we have been hit with a very big weather system. It is 19 degree F now with a high of 23 expected. Burr. I had to buy a new coat because I threw away my old faithful one of many years when my cancer chemo caused a projectile blast from my gastric system last winter. 

I had a wonderful day yesterday with my daughter Laura and her husband, Larry. We had lunch and went shopping. I hate to shop so they pulled me along. It was a great adventure, trying on coats with two such fine dressers helping select one for me. 

My granddaughter and her five children dropped in after a dental appointment near my home. They are so much fun. Michelle is doing a beautiful job of managing a blended family. She has two sons and is partnered with a man whose wife died when his youngest was two. When they first came into our lives, their eyes looked like lost souls. Now, they are sparkling with their sense of security and in a healthy atmosphere of loving new family. What a fine young woman she is. She is only 29 and raising 5 kids and keeps her brilliant smile and laughter. She is tough as a marine sergeant on matters of behavior. When there is an attitude problem, she is right on it, finding out what is bothering them, checking to see what they need and helping them find a way out of their own problems. I just watch in amazement. 

Comment by Randall Smith on November 12, 2014 at 7:56am

Joan, I loved your inadvertant pun, "I walked out with a happy heart..."!  What a welcome relief.

Mindy, is your daughter out of the woods yet (depression)? Hope you had a good time with her and your mother.

My kids are all gone and safely home (theirs). I think they really had a good time being together during this homecoming. I'm pround of them and told them so. My father has never said he was proud of me or even that he loved me. I won't make that omission for my children or grandchildren.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 11, 2014 at 11:25pm

I know you didn't share because you wanted something from us. You shared because we care about you and you showed respect for ur concern. I will follow your lead, and do what I can to help raise the money you need. 

You are family to me. Just as Mindy said, "we need you here, healthy and happy!" 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 11, 2014 at 10:11pm

Wow, everyone!  I'm very moved not only by your caring words of support but also by your offers of generosity.  Thanks for the ideas about fundraising.  That is an avenue I know I must pursue.  In telling my situation to you, it was never with the intention to solicit financial support from you, which is why your offers are so meaningful to me, as they were offered unasked.  Thank you so much.  I'm at a loss for words beyond that right now.  What an amazing group of people you are.  The next several months are going to be stressful and busy for me and I will definitely be here to keep you up to date.

Joan, I'm so glad to hear the good news that your problems are not related to the more serious scenario regarding your heart.  Hopefully some minor tweaks here and there will alleviate the symptoms you've been experiencing.  Big hug to you!

Big hug to all of you!

Mindy, please give Charlie Girl a kiss on the head and a tummy rub for me (if she'll let you.)  I would love to be able to watch her prancing around your house and enjoying life.  I love the photo you posted of her.  

 

 

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