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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 October 26, 2013 at 7:53pm

What dogs teach us, (2 min video) No embed code.

booklover, that Tiddles LOL gave me quite a laugh. It really annoys me when people leave the tv on all of the time, especially if you come over to visit. Music playing, as Patricia mentions, is OK as long as it doesn't drill a hole in your head. Some days I get irritable and even lovely music is like nails on a chalkboard. I have earphones, living with a musician.

sk8eycat, I'm glad to hear Pumpkin and Basement Cat are working things out.

Comment by sk8eycat on October 26, 2013 at 10:33am

Hah!  "New house, full basement," indeed.  Most SoCal houses don't have basements...except for very expensive homes in places like Beverly Hills and Bel Air. 

My JW sister is annoyed that I'm referring to Freddie as a Basement Cat, but then she was annoyed that I named a sweet black cat we had in the 1970s & '80s "The Devil."  But he did remind me of a Tasmanian Devil.  And so what? As long as I am the only Servant to Cats in this house, I get to call them whatever I want.  Tee-hee!

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 25, 2013 at 7:18pm

I agree, it is very easy to unintentionally click on "stop following". Things get kind of uninteresting when it happens on this site. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 25, 2013 at 3:16pm

Sk8eycat, I did the same thing a few weeks ago.  Accidentally stopped following this group (it's kinda easy to do.)  I got a little suspect when I wasn't getting any notices of activity. 

Regarding your cats, I think we all know what you need to do to fix the situation.  You'll just have to move to a new house that has a basement.  No other way around it.  

Comment by sk8eycat on October 25, 2013 at 2:55pm

Hello again!  I goofed, and accidentally clicked on "Stop Following" about the same time that our adopted Basement Cat moved in.

She was upset because we don't have a basement, so she took over the den/junk room.  Pumpkin's nose was out of joint because he thought that room was his private property.  Things are finally smoothing out a little...no more snarling and hissing, anyway.

*whew!* I have an awful lot of catching up to do in here!

(LOVE the Cat Belt, but I imagine there was quite a bit of clawing and yowling before the cat accepted it.)

Comment by Steph S. on October 25, 2013 at 12:04pm

oh yes ... music too.

Yes - everyone go get a cat. Right now. hehe

Well it is Friday!! Yay

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 25, 2013 at 11:02am

Mindy, yes, that is odd.  lol   I really like listening to music or having it in the background.  The genre I choose depends on my mood or what activity I'm doing.  (Yes, I love pure silence as well.) 

I've always been annoyed when people have the television on in their home but aren't watching it.  A lot of businesses also have TV's which I find equally disruptive and annoying.  There's nothing worse than having to be subjected against your will to "The View" or some soap opera.           

Comment by Plinius on October 25, 2013 at 2:04am

Beautiful, Carl! Reminds me of The Village - nice movie in which the beginnings of religion show up.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 25, 2013 at 1:32am

So true, Patricia.  Now all I need is a cat.  I have plenty of books and music. 

Comment by Steph S. on October 25, 2013 at 12:35am

 

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