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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 Ian Mason on October 7, 2014 at 3:22pm

Deidre, I found the thread and yes, that sounds like a very unpleasant person who's posting his bile and venom there. Very sad and upsetting.

I've flown a fair bit over the past few years and never had such entertainment. It would brighten a flight up.

Attitude to life: phlegmatic/mildly cheerful pessimist. I'm also terrible at judging people's characters. I get it wrong most of the time. That means disappointments but also pleasant suprises. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 7, 2014 at 1:41pm

Let me see if I can find the words to express my view of "misanthrope" and "renewing faith".

There are some people who are good, decent, caring, upright, generous, compassionate, fair, trustworthy and loving.

There are some who appear good, etc., until one gets to know them better. It is these people who make me wait until I find out their character, then I either end my relationship with them, close the door, build a wall, create a boundary, or do whatever I have to in order to be separated from them. 

There are those who appear to be bad, indecent, uncaring, downtrodden, selfish, or hateful. These people join the crowd of those I want nothing to do with.

Sometimes I am wrong. Sometimes those who, at early contact appear to be bad, etc, however, they may be defensive, or self-protected, guarded and underlying these characteristics have what one could call the kind who is trustworthy. Only time and shared challenges reveal the true nature of people.

I am not a misanthrope. Nor am I a philanthropist. I guess I am more of a cynic than anything else I can find. What did Gump say?

I can't remember the words. Help!

Also, I can't remember the words that Annie Laurie Gaylor said about prayer that doesn't work. 

Sorry folks, my memory box isn't working today. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 7, 2014 at 1:21pm

How come I didn't get any humor from any of my Flight Attendants?

Could it be that I've only flown 3 times?

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 7, 2014 at 1:14pm

ooppss, the video didn't come across. Let me try again. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 7, 2014 at 1:12pm

Carl, you probably are sick of these kinds of videos, but sit back, remember the days when you doing the talking, and enjoy. We sit in the seat next to you laughing our heads off as you grunt and groan. 

Comment by Plinius on October 7, 2014 at 10:24am

I waver too. I know all too well that I need people: they can be wonderful and also hurtful, egoistic and a lot of other things - and they make me run for the shelter of home. Natural state of the human beast; that sounds good.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 7, 2014 at 10:12am

>I waver between being a misanthrope and "renewing faith" in mankind. It comes and goes.

I think this may be the natural state of the human beast, at least the thinking version. I've always loved Mark Twain's crack that the more he knew about people, the better he liked his dog.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 7, 2014 at 8:40am

Most welcome news, Carl. Hang in there (as the cliche goes).

I waver between being a misanthrope and "renewing faith" in mankind. It comes and goes.

I wrote a true blog (in the blog section) this morning, if anybody's interested. Comments unnecessary.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 7, 2014 at 8:28am

I'm glad to read your good news Carl.

Comment by Plinius on October 7, 2014 at 6:33am

Great news Carl, I'm so glad! And fantastic that you've got siblings who would help you!

 

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