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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 on Wednesday. 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 October 13, 2014 at 12:28am

Mindy make sure you use Feliway or whatever it's called with you. I mean the feromones in a spray that tells a cat he's home and all is right. It made a world of difference when we moved brother-in-law's scared cat.And I'm glad Dale is improving!

Comment by sk8eycat on October 12, 2014 at 11:00pm

Oh, been there, done THAT!  We had 2 cats once who were totally devoted to each other, and a 3rd kitty just showed up one day, announced that she owned me, and moved in.  The first 2 never wanted anything to do with her, and she wanted to be an Only Cat. She finally got her wish, but it took years.  Se was a very "talky" tortie, so I named her Noisy.

I still miss her...she was very cuddly.  With me, only.

Comment by sk8eycat on October 12, 2014 at 9:55pm

Bertpld, what IS it about Mac fans?  They are passionate about all Apple products.  Though "my" tech man isn't thrilled with them...he said about the only real advantage is that most malware us designed to attack Microsoft systems, and that is changing rapidly.

Comment by sk8eycat on October 12, 2014 at 9:49pm

Mindy, I forgot to say I'm happy to hear Dale is improving. It's so distressing when they can; tell anyone what's wrong...where it hurts, or if it hurts.

I highly recommend watching Jackson Galaxy, either on Animal Planet, or his short videos on YouTube.  He really understands "CatSpeak."

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 12, 2014 at 7:09pm

@Sk8eycat - I hear you. I'm no kind of a MAC fan.

Comment by sk8eycat on October 12, 2014 at 7:02pm

It's good to be back!  But I really don't like this MacBook...starting with the size of the keys, and the total lack of a calculator-type keypad.

Anyroad, I don't remember if I posted this link before my Dell crashed...the "Windows Waltz"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGKwx-BFO0E

I WANT MY WINDOWS BACK!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 12, 2014 at 6:26pm

Sk8eycat - We missed your razor-sharp wit and wisdom. Great to have you back.

Comment by Plinius on October 12, 2014 at 1:23pm

You're not really lonely when we all think of you, Sk8eycat! Don't forget it!

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 12, 2014 at 12:49pm

Felaine, I know what you mean about not having access to mail. I am addicted to Atheist Nexus and my friends here. I am surprised you had your Mac Book in reserve. I love mine and find it does so much and with few crashes. Whatever is the problem, I hope you get it fixed quickly. Also hope your friend doesn't charge you a lot. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 12, 2014 at 12:19pm

Chris, your selfie of you and your aunt is so sweet. I like the look and feel of caring for others. It just makes me feel good. 

It is cold this morning, so I will stay inside until it warms up a bit and then take my lunch outside and do some more winterizing. Cary gathered pine needles for me this morning that I use around the roses. 
Did I tell you, I am spreading last year's composts and making room for this year's abundant supply. My back and legs and arms hurt. I take the tasks slowly, stopping often for a coffee or water break and even sneak in a nap or two or three. 

We had rain yesterday, however, I was able to fill the wheelbarrow three times and scatter that lovely black gold into the boxes. 

Randy, I have been writing a lot. Having the cold mornings, I stay inside longer. My computer keeps dropping the signal when outside, so I think up topics on which I want to write and then come inside with a head full of words to capture. I even call myself a writer, even though I have not published anything. Yet. 

 

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