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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 k.h. ky on August 20, 2016 at 12:23pm
GC, I love the cartoon. Reminds me of my sisters. One's baby gson just had open heart surgery and she said he came through fine 'thank the lord'. I asked'and the doctors'? She didn't reply. Lol.
Comment by Loren Miller on August 20, 2016 at 12:23pm

I was hit twice, Kathy.  The first time was in November of 2015, which was unpleasant enough.  The second was on a Monday morning in March of this year, and that was MISERABLE.  I went to the University Hospitals Ahuja Center Emergency Room, just north of us, and they took care of business.  That Tuesday morning, I was lighter by the weight of one gall bladder!

Comment by k.h. ky on August 20, 2016 at 12:19pm
Joan, that's the Pat I was asking about. Same as Loren and Carl.
I had the ct surgery on one wrist with no improvement so I didn't bother with the second. But, I have tendonitis in both hands and ct surgery won't help that. Everyone is different.

Loren,how long did it take to diagnosis your gallbladder? I've had the test three times and it's shown normal every time. But,I still have the pain in the upper right, almost constantly now. Now I get nausea with it. Guess it's time to have the test again. But I'm going to have it done at a different hospital.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 20, 2016 at 12:07pm

Joan, I hope your surgery yields a good result.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 20, 2016 at 9:56am

Ooooo, and while I'm at it, VERY BEST WISHES to you, Joan!  I hope your carpal tunnel surgery goes as easily and as well as my gall bladder did!

Comment by Loren Miller on August 20, 2016 at 9:49am

Speaking of which, Joan, WHERE IS PAT?  Haven't seen him here since the NING follies of earlier this year.  Anyone hear from him?

Comment by Daniel W on August 20, 2016 at 9:46am
Joan, Im also hoping the best for your surgery. I hope its just arthroscopic - my ovservation is that most peopke are very happy with the result.
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 20, 2016 at 9:05am

Chris, thanks for the information you shared. I am sure your experience is valid for you. We tried several things, including drinking lots of water, making some changes to my diet. I don't know if an 80-year-old lady has any hormones left. I'll keep you informed,

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 20, 2016 at 8:57am

Ian, as foreign a language I n'er have heard, I think  I got the punch line. I will have to listen several more times before I catch the full meaning. The poor fellow with his chin out of the water, said, " three ha'pence a foot!" Is that some kind of stubborn or not?

 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 20, 2016 at 8:22am

Thanks for the sourdough information Joan.  Hope your operation and recovery go well.

 

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