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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 May 29, 2016 at 11:49am

Daniel, I hear you on that 2 hour project actually taking 6 hours. The sun tunnels sound great.

Joan, that's such a cogent Paul LaClair quote. Thanks.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 29, 2016 at 7:48am

Joan, I think the short form of that is:

If you can't show it, you don't know it.
-- AronRa

Comment by Randall Smith on May 29, 2016 at 6:50am

So, Carl, how have you been lately? Or did I miss an update when I was in Greece? Every time you comment, I'm happy to know you're still active and hopefully energetic.

Out of curiosity, I opened up a bluebird box yesterday to see if it was in use, and there were 5 blue eggs sitting in there! Hurray!

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 29, 2016 at 3:20am

This was just posted on Facebook by Paul LaClair:

"To engage ethically with others, the first requirement is epistemic integrity, and that means commitment to evidence and reason as the justifications for belief, before expecting others to take that belief seriously. Truth claims are respectable to the extent that they can be confirmed intersubjectively and objectively. The faith maneuver is a self-referential abrogation of that ethical obligation, a solipsistic trump card to circumvent discussion and accountability. It's a blank check to abandon discourse and replace it with arbitrary and peremptory assertions. 'I believe it because I believe it, and that's all I have to offer' is a big fat finger in the face of your fellow man."

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 28, 2016 at 11:08pm

Daniel, if you're happily pleased with the result of your sun tunnels then they have paid for themselves already.  Sometimes certain things are "just worth it" for their everyday pleasure. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 28, 2016 at 10:59pm

I know how much you care for your dogs, Daniel, and I have a deeper understanding of that with my bonding with Dominic. Charlie's age is an important factor in your concern. I hope your intention of Charlie's days being filled with companionship and love is realized. 

Your photos of Charlie and Baigou delight me. 

Good for you! Installing another sun tunnel in your home. The thought of you climbing on your roof gives me shivers, even if it is a one story structure, I think. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 28, 2016 at 10:48pm

Elgin Park, Michael Paul Smith

I ran across this video of an interesting fellow who turned dark memories of being bullied and alone into a place where he is never lonely.

Elgin Park, is a beguiling photography series featuring 1/24th-scale models of quintessential Americana that Smith describes as a ‘dreamlike recreation’ of his past. In Elgin Park, Smith describes how he’s found redemption through the project after bouts with suicidal spells, creating a world that has pockets of darkness, but where he is never lonely."

Comment by Daniel W on May 28, 2016 at 9:37pm
Wow - Randy I missed your dog trial and tribulation! Glad you are reunited!

Last summer Ning lost Charlie on an evening walk. My biggest fear was Charlie's final days in misery. He has an implant and that was how we were reunited. At 15, with poor hearing, bad hips, bad skin, rheumy eyes, and forgetfulness, I wznt his days to be filled with companionship and love.

On a brighter note, today I did a 2-hour project - per instructions - that took me 6 hours, installed a sun tunnel in the dining room ceiling. Last weekend I installed one in the kitchen. Very nice result, much brighter and filled with daylight in two formerly gloomy areas. Probably never pay for itself, but I like it snyway.
Comment by Randall Smith on May 27, 2016 at 6:56am

It never ceses to amaze me that so many people accept "Noah fables" and the like (Jonah...) as the so-called Gospel truth. Of course, they reject evolution.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 26, 2016 at 8:25pm
We already have nonhuman autonomous entities operating in our society with the legal rights of humans. These entities - corporations - act to fulfill their missions without love or care for human beings.

That's for sure, Bertold!

 

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