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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 Grinning Cat on August 29, 2016 at 3:00pm

Joan, glad to hear that you (and others here) are doing OK!

I too tend to march to a different accordion...

(photo from Wikipedia)

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 28, 2016 at 5:53am

Carl, I probably mentioned this before, but a few years ago, I decided to not be a coward and watch when I was given a shot or blood was drawn.  I noticed that the prick registered in my brain as a little stronger when I watched, but I still watch because it's still only a slight prick.

I had one nurse that amazed me because her shot didn't even register as a prick.  She said it's because she took her time to find the exact location of the vein so she could push the needle in rapidly.  That made the pain lower or nonexistent.

On both my colonoscopies, I wanted to watch the monitor.  They let me on the first one, although I didn't see much because I was out most of the time.  The monitor was pointed away from me the second time.  I asked if I could get a video of the procedure, and they said no.  I think they said they didn't make videos.  Perhaps they didn't want complainers or hypochondriacs bugging them about some things they saw.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 28, 2016 at 5:39am

Is that why I'm so forgetful?  Could be part of it, but in my case, the inability to concentrate is the main problem.  Too many things distract me.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 28, 2016 at 3:06am

Glad to hear that you're all well. I haven't been around this week because I've been on courses and come home with a head full.

I've been the odd one in my family too. I read books instead of watching TV.

Forgetful?

Comment by Plinius on August 28, 2016 at 1:55am

I know that strategy, Carl, it's a good one!

Comment by Plinius on August 28, 2016 at 1:49am

Glad your surgery went so well, Joan! And great that it helps!

Good for you, Randall, with your running success! I'm a bit jealous, now that I can't even run to catch a bus.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 28, 2016 at 12:08am

Kathy, you can be any part of the family here that feels right for you.  We embrace you with open arms. 

I was always the "odd" one in my family.  I still am. Not for being an atheist, but for my particular sense of humor and my likes and dislikes.  I've always marched proudly to the beat of a different drummer and pursued my interests all the while exhibiting a seemingly conventional appearance.  Still waters run deep, as they say.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 27, 2016 at 11:44pm

Ruth, my best regards to your husband.  Glad to hear he's doing well.  I'm continually amazed hearing about so many people having major surgeries who mend and recuperate so well afterward.  It seems we are living in a time of unprecedented accelerations in medical advancements just within the past ten to fifteen years.

Comment by k.h. ky on August 27, 2016 at 10:17pm
Ruth, you got it. Glad your husband is doing well.

Joan, it was meant as a joke. An atheist in a fundie family, in the bible belt, is by default a problem child. Different from the rest. Odd is the word.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 27, 2016 at 8:59pm

Congrats on the run, Randall. It’s a relief you’re OK.

Congrats on successful carpel tunnel surgery on your left hand, Joan. I hope my memory stays as sharp as yours. I constantly forget the names of characters and actors on TV. Being considered a matriarch is an honor.

k.h. ky, you made me laugh. You want to be the AN problem child? You realize we’re all the ones who couldn’t fit into fundie families here, right?

Sorry I haven't been around much. My husband got his left shoulder replaced about 10 days ago, and I've been busy. He's doing great.

 

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