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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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 3, 2016 at 6:22pm

There are also dog beards.

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 3, 2016 at 5:17pm

Randall, too bad about the calf being too shy or afraid to take milk from you. The vet shows make it look easy too. Here's some advice from cattlemen and here. That doesn't sound easy either. There's one video, but the calf is probably younger than yours.

I'm already a chocoholic ( Lindt 85%). I can only eat 3 or 4 squares at a time, because of the sugar.

I'm feeling a bit more chipper today, thanks Joan and k.h.ky. <sigh> I've also shared my problem with my husband, and Grinning Cat, and got support from them too. Bergen suggested a hobby. I don't have much energy or time for one. Unless you count enjoying LOLcats.

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I appreciated your news about the Jet Stream. It is too soon to worry about that Equator crossing, unless a pattern develops over time. Don't forget the good Arctic Sea Ice news.

BTW, cat beard's whole genre.

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Comment by k.h. ky on July 3, 2016 at 11:49am
Thanks Ruth. I think the problem may be the sporadic, unreliable internet signal. I can rarely get through anything without some type of disruption.
Comment by Randall Smith on July 3, 2016 at 9:49am
Ever bottle feed a baby calf? Well, I haven't either, but not for a lack of effort. Being a holiday weekend (Sunday morning now), my farm kids went to "the lake". So I was asked to feed the calf, whose mother is milkless. No problem, I was told. "She'll come right up to you", blah, blah, blah. After 2 hours of cajoling, chasing, stepping in cow poop, getting rained on, bitten by flies and mosquitoes, I finally gave up. Lyla will just have to go hungry 'til momma (my daughter) returns. I never thought I was that intimidating to a cow.
Comment by Joan Denoo on July 2, 2016 at 3:08pm

Ruth, how are you feeling today? I know the news about climate change is bad; about the only good thing I can find about that is it is now on the news. 

I like Randy's idea, a nice piece of chocolate. 

Comment by Randall Smith on July 2, 2016 at 7:21am

I know where you're coming from, Ruth. I try not to be cynical and misanthropic, but it isn't easy. Why don't you take a break from the news. Just ignore it all for a week or so. Have some chocolate.

Comment by k.h. ky on July 1, 2016 at 6:44pm
Ruth, I'm surprised it's taken you this long :/ I believe I was born a cynic. A skeptic for certain.

@Grinning Cat, thanks. I'll check that out.
Comment by Ian Mason on July 1, 2016 at 2:50pm

Golden Years: a 2-part TV special by Stephen King about a man who began to rejuvinate. Also a song by David Bowie.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 1, 2016 at 12:23pm

Loren, today I don't have it in me to watch a 47 long video about God causing cancer. Sorry.

The cumulative emotional impact of climate change-related disasters like the California and Florida toxic algae outbreaks, Wildfires in the West and in boreal forests all around the globe, Brexit, the dumpster-fire US political process,

attempts to reign in palm oil exploitation falling apart, etc.etc. Too many bad things are going on at once to fit in my head. The last few days hope has eroded enough on climate change that I'm starting, for the first time in my life, to be cynical, even sarcastic. My personality is eroding. You might have noticed a change in tone in recent posts.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on June 28, 2016 at 12:01am

Kathy - congrats and best wishes to the wedding couple.

 

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