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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 Bertold Brautigan on April 25, 2017 at 4:54pm

Comment by Plinius on April 25, 2017 at 12:49am

Same for me, Ruth and Carl. Some people often called me a pessimist, but now they understand that I'm a realist. And I try hard to keep that knowledge of a deteriorating world from overflowing and spoiling other parts of my life - no need to disturb a happy cat, a demented aunt and more.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 24, 2017 at 3:06pm

Ruth, you're not alone in your dismal outlook.  There's so much wrong in this world that one can't help but wonder if we are de-evolving and intellectually regressing.  Nationalism with fascist tendencies is on the rise in many countries, the continual Middle East problems, turmoil in Venezuela, North Korean shenanigans, civil wars and unstable countries in Africa, corruption and strong arming in Russia, democratic turmoil in the United States, the constant unwarranted and thoughtless meddling by the U.S. in regions all over the world, China's military buildup in the South China Sea, global wealth inequality, global environmental threats, massive economic uncertainty across the globe, astonishing and despicable human rights abuses rampant in countries rich and poor, a nuclear war constantly looming over us, etc., etc.

There's no doubt our global society is in a fragile and uncertain state.  I admit too, that I've lost sleep over the plethora of problems globally and locally.  I sometimes wonder if this kind of uneasy feeling is what people of the world experienced in the years leading up to and through World War II when it seemed as if all of civilized society was in fear of breaking down. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 24, 2017 at 1:58pm

The Matt Mountain and New Yorker pictures gave me a good laugh.

I wish it were so easy for me to let go of my anger over the politics of human destruction, Idaho Spud. Humanity's descent into final madness, having begun with denial of truth itself and science, keeps me up too often. The collective embrace of hate and lies will not end well.

Comment by Ian Mason on April 24, 2017 at 12:39pm

Carl, it's years since I've seen The Crucilbe and would love to see it again. Yes, astroturf would be very appropriate.

I attended the local version of 'March for Science' at the weekend. The leader of Aarhus university spoke, saying that 'it was absurd that this should be necessary but in a world of 'alternative facts' is was.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 24, 2017 at 11:17am

That latest image pissed me off, but I've learned to not stay in that state for long.  A guy could go crazy angry at "him" constantly if he let himself.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 24, 2017 at 10:46am

OK, my last post about "him."  (I don't want to soil this fine forum. It's hard to be continually pissed off and not vent.)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 24, 2017 at 10:16am

Spud, yes, orange grass would be apropos.  I also thought astro-turf would be just as appropriate since it's fake, just like Trump.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 24, 2017 at 9:57am

Carl, when I first layed eyes on that carrier, my brain perked-up because of all the greenery which I love.  I thought wow!  I'd like to own something like that.  O course, I'd get rid of the golf course (I assume that's what it is), most of the lawn, and plant fruit & nut trees, along with a huge garden.

But almost immediatly I saw the joke and that put a damper on my enthusiasm.

One question:  Shouldn't that grass be colored orange?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 24, 2017 at 7:14am


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