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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 The Flying Atheist on October 19, 2016 at 7:06am

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 19, 2016 at 2:13am

I can't wait for this election to be over. With Trump in the mix the whole process has been depressing and surreal. And embarrassing.

With that in mind, it's nice to hear your stories about golfing, playing bass guitar, lazy shopping, etc. We all need to keep ourselves sane somehow. I spent last Saturday evening with my best friend watching a movie, eating pizza, and then just chatting about life. It's not only cathartic but we laugh a lot. I couldn't ask for a better friend.

The weather here has been quite warm and enjoyable. However, meteorologists have forecast a numbingly cold winter with lots of snow and snowstorms based on the history of La Nina this year. If that's the case, I'm glad I won't have to trek back and forth to the airport in the worst of weather and deal with all the delays. But it was always nice to get to southern California, Miami Beach, or Mexico during the winter. Miami Beach was always my place to get Argentine and Cuban food.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 18, 2016 at 2:17pm

Ian - you might enjoy my old college bud's blog post about the bass (including his tale of building his own electric guitar in jr. high).

Comment by Plinius on October 18, 2016 at 2:10pm

Sorry to hear that it's as bad in Denmark! Once the big money grabbers like bankers etc. get a grip on politics, you might as well stop voting, it all seems to be an empty gesture.

I'm glad you took up the bass, 'Louie Louie' sounds good! Success with the blisters!

Comment by Ian Mason on October 18, 2016 at 1:57pm

Health care in Denmark is also going downhill. The government(s) have insisted on treatment guarantees for certain problems (cancer, heart, diabetes) and that sucks the scarce resources from other areas. Local authorities, responsible for elderly and home care, cut, cut and cut. There's always money for the building of new, so-called super hospitals and for more consultents/middle management etc. though. Don't get me started!

I've never had any musical talent but on my last trip to England I tried my nephew's bass, connected to a computer program with instructions and managed to play The Who's 'My Generation' (minus solo) with 40% accuracy! As I've always thought that bassists were the coolest musicians, I was hooked. I've also now broken my first string and got my first blister but the show will go on.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 18, 2016 at 9:14am

I agree, Randall. I've often been tempted to sew a maple leaf onto my backpack when traveling.

Ian, I think it's admirable that you're taking up the bass. (My musical talents are pretty much limited to the listening end of things.)

Comment by Randall Smith on October 18, 2016 at 8:25am

Interesting comments from The Netherlands. Like any good egotist, we Americans like to think the world revolves around us. When I leave the country, I say I'm Canadian. (Not really, but I should)

I did golf in winds that gusted 30+mph. I once heard that for every 7mph, a different club is necessary. No wonder I played so poorly yesterday. But, as Ian said, I walked 6 miles up and down hills using a pull cart. Yes, I was pooped afterwards.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 18, 2016 at 1:48am

Ian, I am sure you will be strumming those strings in no time and have nice calluses built up. I admire your ambition. 

Chris, I share your thinking about assisted suicide when all other options run their course. 

I don't like the direction our nation seems to be headed, I hope The Netherlands improve social service. The anger of working class citizens here is legitimate, but not the options to solve the problems. 

Ian, how is Denmark's social programs doing these troubled times? Any room for some people who want to leave the USA?

Comment by Plinius on October 18, 2016 at 1:25am

I hope we'll soon be rid of the USA elections, it's all so gross and disgusting.

In the meantime, the government here is building snares to use after our elections in March. They proposed a law to allow assisted suicide and the rightwing xtians are already screaming. After the elections, when coalitions must be formed, the xtians will jump through any hoop in exchange for dropping the law proposal. Last time they had a proposal to drop the blasfemy law - worked like a charm.

I'm in favour of assisted suicide, but first everything should be done to make life livable, so our government has a lot of work to do first: no more cutbacks on care and health, good, adaptable housing and a decent income for seniors. More and more care is cut back and the families have to provide, but many elderly people have no family and only a small social network...  some of them are found dead some years after.

Comment by Ian Mason on October 18, 2016 at 12:47am

Enjoy your golf, Randall. I'm told that a round equals a 10km/6 mile walk.

Chris, enjoy the break. It's school holidays here too and therefore the week to avoid museums, cinemas and the like if you're not a parent.

Trump: words fail me.

I'm having trouble typing because my fingers are sore. In a moment of 'live-the-boyhood-dream madness, I bought a beginner bass guitar set. I can now plink and plunk my way through a simplifed version of 'Louie Louie'! There are blisters on the way but I'm enjoying every minute.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bS8Fn2gaGpM

 

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