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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 sk8eycat on August 5, 2013 at 12:39am

Oh, wow!  That movie looks scary!  I've only been on the ocean (in a 30' cabin cruiser...NOT alone) once, and I didn't like it at all.

Redford looks a helluva lot better than Nicholson, and I think it's interesting that he hasn't had any plastic surgery.  He looks real.  Nicholson looks like Jabba the Hutt.

Has anyone else in here read the book about an older man who sailed around the world solo in a boat about that size back in the '60s (I think)? I've forgotten the title, but the boat was named the Gypsy Moth.  He had some scary times, but he made it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 4, 2013 at 10:57pm

Robert Redford, 77 years old. Many men grow more handsome with age. I wonder what happened? Did he live a hard life? 

Jack Nicholson lost some of his charm as well, 76 years old

Brigitte Bardot, 79 years old 

Comment by Steph S. on August 4, 2013 at 10:18pm

Comment by Steph S. on August 4, 2013 at 10:16pm

How is everyone? Yes I am still alive.

Just one more week of this summer class.

Wow - it has been lots of work.

Final Exam is on Friday.

Then I hope to spend more time with all of you.

I sure have missed you all.

I hope you all are doing well.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 4, 2013 at 9:58pm

Oh my gosh! What on Earth would a person be doing out at sea alone? Doesn't sound like fun to me. 

Comment by Loren Miller on August 4, 2013 at 7:48pm

Any Robert Redford fans here?  I'm not a huge one, particularly.  Never saw Dances With Wolves or Out of Africa, love The Natural ... but in any case, you might want to consider the following:



because it looks like the man has his "A" game on...

Comment by sk8eycat on August 4, 2013 at 6:11pm

Universal Single-Payer healthcare obviously benefits everybody. What I don't understand is why so many people in this country just don't effing GET it!  What are they afraid of?  Because the hateful comments I see online are full of fear; the words "communism" and "socialism" are tossed around by people who don't know what they really mean. They just think they are insulting dirty words...like "bullshit"....and "atheism," I guess.  Heh!

(See? I'm getting my sense of humor back.  You all are helping...immensely.)

As for Hairy Jerry...he was one of the few cats I've had who really liked to sleep in my arms...up until a few weeks ago.  Then last week he went downhill so fast that I had trouble getting the money together AND a ride.  (I sold my car and let my drivers' license lapse last year because 1) I'm afraid of 80% of the drivers on the road around here, and 2) I have neuropathy in my feet, and sometimes couldn't feel whether I was stepping on the brake or the gas.  Too dangerous!)

Warm hugs to everybody here!  It's so good to have a group of friends who really understand...About 30 years ago I was in this same emotional place, only I was working in a large ad office, and some jackass said something like, "Why are you carrying on like that?  He was only a cat."  I started to go after him with my Exact-o Knife....and decided he wasn't worth making a mess over.  But I still clench my jaw whenever I think of remarks like that.

Love Cats in Moonlight

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 4, 2013 at 2:19pm

Simon & Garfunkel.  My favorite group.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 4, 2013 at 2:18pm

Feeling for you Felaine.  I tear-up every time I read something about Hairy Jerry.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 4, 2013 at 12:54pm

Ian, I agree 100% with your post about universal health care.

 

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