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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 October 11, 2016 at 4:54pm

Let's hear it for algebra.

Comment by Ian Mason on October 11, 2016 at 1:55pm

Interesting picture, Carl. I haven't been to Paris since 1981. Must go there again at some point.

I've never been to a reunion. Britain was never the kind of place for that. It might be different now.

Joan, it was a lovely experience seeing so many young people that have "come out" about their problems and daring to be open.It's a normal, human thing to want the next generation to have a better life. I've learned to cope with many of my problems but the shyness will always be with me - particularly around women. I get very flustered when women try to flirt. That's if I notice it.

Grandchildren are something I'm looking forward to. I'm going to bore everyone in sight with chatter and photos.

"Panik før lukketid" is a standard Danish expression, often used about middle-aged men who chase younger women. That, at least, is not so in my case.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 11, 2016 at 1:53pm
As to the "debate", it was another platform from which The Donald could spit out his rhetoric!
I watched about half before I had heard enough pontificating by the uneducated one. I regret
Hillary didn't have a more intelligent opponent. I do not consider Trump to be intelligent, he is a thug who is used to storming his way through to get what he wants!
I doubt Hillary will get her agenda across if elected! Democrates and Progressives need to work on getting Progressives into Congress!
Comment by Joan Denoo on October 11, 2016 at 1:41pm
Oh dear I should have proof read my comment more carefully!
Comment by Joan Denoo on October 11, 2016 at 1:38pm
Ian, your experience at mental health day must have seemed strang having grown up in a culture that did a lot to hide plus growing up shy. Thankfully, you were able to throw said your shyness, depression and addiction; life can be pretty good if we can take the bumps of life in stride, carry with self confidence and flexibility.
Randy, the thing I liked about grandchildren is they go home.
Spud, isn't it enriching to be free of dogma?! Realizing we are OK without all the litanies going on in our heads doesn't mean we become monsters without all those puppet strings yanking us around; we can be responsible without god. All we have to do is remind those who would pull us back into cult is all harm done in the name of gods.
Carl, the old and present photos if Paris are fun to look at! I don't think I would have the patience to do that match up.
I agree with Chris, Ian. Your comment about getting close to quitting time fits!
Randy, being a grandparent is fun, if one does not share a home. Saying "Hello" & "Goodbye" both are treats!
Comment by Idaho Spud on October 11, 2016 at 9:29am

I like your update Randy.  Interesting facts about your reunion.

I've never been to any reunion except for family ones.  I could see no reason to go to my High School reunions because In High School, I was very shy and introverted, so didn't have any friends there, and kew very few people.

My college trade and technical electronic school never had any reunions.

I never got around to going to my Scottish missionary reunions when I was still a believer, and now, I wouldn't be caught dead there.

I will also not go to anymore family reunions because they are all mormon zombies.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 11, 2016 at 7:07am

The last time I saw Paris was 49 years ago, sometime between your juxtaposed snapshots, Carl. fun to see.

Since last I checked in here, I did survive my class reunion. We had an Elvis "impersonater" for entertainment. Good, but I was never an Elvis fan (or any rock and roll, for that matter). There were 12 single women attending, and I was the only single man! 40 total classmates out of 186 in my class (1961). Many dead.

Watched football rather than the debate, thankfully. Babysat for 5 hours (4 and 1 year old grandkids). And, I went to the dentist where my daughter cleaned my teeth. One cavity, darn it.

That's my update. Be well, all!

Comment by Plinius on October 11, 2016 at 12:52am

Beautiful, Carl!

Comment by Plinius on October 11, 2016 at 12:46am

Panic before closing time - I love that, Ian!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 10, 2016 at 8:59pm

Nice, Flying Atheist! Idaho Spud, I too noticed his skulking and taking domineering postures behind Hillary as she was talking.

 

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