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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 April 7, 2014 at 12:04pm

Agreed, Carl. We can hope that religious intitutions become more and more peripheral to real life.

There was a great fuss in Denmark recently when a Muslim examiner wouldn't shake hands with women examinees. What most Danes don't realise is that about one third of male priests in the Danish "Folkekirke" don't agree with the ordination of women and won't shake hands with their female colleagues. Weird, the lot of them.

Comment by Arp on April 7, 2014 at 11:42am

"Let the church keep marginalizing their women.  Hopefully this will give women the incentive to just give up on the whole institution all together. "

These are my thoughts too. In fact, I sometimes wonder why on earth are theist women theists? Can't they see the discrimination against them? Its a different thing for oppressed women (such as Muslim women in the Middle East), who have no other option but to be believers.

I'm talking about women who voluntarily follow certain religions. All major religions (Islam, Christianity, Hinduism) are discriminatory against women.

Comment by Plinius on April 7, 2014 at 11:25am

One of the small protestant churches here believes that women should shut up, that women are unfit to be leaders and they want to take away the right to vote from us. I'd think like Carl, it's an incentive to leave the church - but there is a group of women who stay in that church and try to get human rights. Very strange!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 7, 2014 at 10:52am

Arp, I tend to agree with your point of view.  Let the church keep marginalizing their women.  Hopefully this will give women the incentive to just give up on the whole institution all together.  Although I know that can be difficult road to follow, it's time for them to break the cycle of ignorance and submission. 

At some point, the mormon church will start to become much like what is happening in the catholic church;  the internal structure weakens and it has less control over its members, resulting in a loss of adherents.   

My favorite "schadenfreude" moments would be to watch these types of organizations collapse onto themselves from within.   

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 7, 2014 at 10:36am

Loren, I'm jealous of you!  What more can I say?  I hope you have a great time!

Comment by Arp on April 7, 2014 at 10:24am

Joan, it is not a new thing that religions are sexist.

However, I don't really care much about women not given the opportunity to be priest at the age of 12 years since I don't perceive priesthood as something good. I think of priesthood as stupidity.

But, please don't think of me as sexist or something. I'm for equality on all grounds whether it is sex, colour or anything. I want equality. I want justice.

So, in my opinion nobody (boy or girl) should be allowed to be priest at any age. We don't need priests. Religions need to be eradicated as soon as possible.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 7, 2014 at 10:19am

Ian, welcome back.  I think it's wonderful that you have these opportunities to enrich your life by traveling.  I'm also looking forward to your photos.   

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 7, 2014 at 10:17am

Teach and mold them while they're young.  That's why 12 year old boy are prepared for the priesthood and 12 year old girls are prepared to give birth and be slaves in the kitchen.  

Comment by Loren Miller on April 7, 2014 at 10:15am

Well, gang, today's the day.  Around 3:30 this afternoon, I'll set out for the Wexner Center at The Ohio State University, there to enjoy a showing of The Unbelievers and hear from the show's two stars, Lawrence Krauss and Richard Dawkins.

More than likely, I'll be reporting back here about what all went down later this week.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 7, 2014 at 10:06am

Is it not interesting that a 12 year old boy is prepared for the priesthood and 12 year old girls have no such opportunity. 

When god was a woman

This is an old book (1978) and as valid today as when I read it all those years ago. 

My project with Marija Gimbutas and Riane Eisler in Turkey, Greece and Crete and in Ireland and Belgium provides ample evidence of the reality of a time when god was a woman. 

 

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