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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 July 17, 2016 at 5:44pm

Thanks for all the birthday greetings!  Yes, yesterday was indeed my birthday.  It was just another normal day, but I did go out to dinner with my best friend last night to one of our favorite pizza places. We always have lots of laughs together.  Went home and was In bed by 11pm.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 17, 2016 at 10:09am

Speaking of UN-Birthdays:

Comment by Plinius on July 17, 2016 at 8:52am

An unbirthday celebration is also ok!

Comment by Randall Smith on July 17, 2016 at 6:53am

If indeed, it IS your birthday, Carl, thumbs up!!

Comment by Plinius on July 17, 2016 at 4:20am

Poor man. Any chance of a voluntary group who'll teach him?

And the other side of the problem is that the Danes in need of a job will feel someone has taken 'their' jobs.

I'm still thinking of the Swiss plan (rejected by referendum in the meantime) to give everyone a basic income. I think it would give many people the means to do necessary work they feel should be done, or they could up their income with a paid job. But I feel I can't figure all the consequences - what do you think?

Comment by Ian Mason on July 17, 2016 at 2:30am

A little gripe:

A month of practical work at a company finished. It went quite well and also explained something I had been curious about: where all the ordinary labouring jobs had gone. They’re now all filled by the unemployed who are being paid by the state. In short, taxpayers are subsidising capitalism and removing jobs from the labour market. One of the people I worked alongside will probably never do anything else. He’s a Syrian Kurd who fled the country when his son became a young teen and was in danger of being ‘called up’ by some militia or other. As a Kurd in an Arab-dominated country, he’s never had any schooling and is therefore illiterate so, even though he’s been a driver of everything except an aeroplane, he’ll never get a driving job in Europe. The authorities are not prepared to make an effort to help him to literacy as they would with a Dane who was dyslexic so the rest of his working life will be on the move from one subsidised scheme to another. He would be quite happy doing labouring work if only it was in proper employment with wages but no company will employ him while they can get work for free. They don’t want to admit that those basic jobs exist either, so the circle continues. I benefitted from my time as I gained experience in driving a forklift but the 4-5 others who had been placed there will just continue on the merry-go-round.

 

Comment by Plinius on July 17, 2016 at 1:03am

Congrats Carl! A happy day and healthy times!

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 16, 2016 at 11:21pm

Balconia and Sofastan; I didn't get it at first and looked Balconia up. Dumb me!

You both got me!

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 16, 2016 at 11:10pm

And the optimist and pessimist go, "Splat"! "Splat"!

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 16, 2016 at 11:01pm
 

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