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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 Plinius on March 15, 2016 at 8:31am

Geography lesson of the day:

It's all the Netherlands, the low countries, Joan. Holland is an old name meaning woodland (houtland), but there's not much left of the prehistoric woods. The name Holland is still in use for two provinces next to the sea, North-Holland with Amsterdam in it and South-Holland with Leiden and Rotterdam.

Comment by Donald L. Engel on March 14, 2016 at 4:51pm

Carl, the windstorm went mostly north of us and hit Seattle hard.  One person was killed up there, and when I went to bed last night they said 250,000 were out of power.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 14, 2016 at 3:31pm
Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 14, 2016 at 2:49pm

Donald, I hope you made it through the wind storm OK.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 14, 2016 at 2:48pm

It is Pi Day 3/14. Let's celebrate! 

"ancient Babylonians calculated the area of a circle by taking 3 times the square of its radius, which gave a value of pi = 3. One Babylonian tablet (ca. 1900–1680 BC) indicates a value of 3.125 for pi, which is a closer approximation."

Notice that is ca. 1900–1680 BC

Babylonian Mathematics

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 14, 2016 at 2:37pm

Cute, Pi day Grinning Cat!

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Comment by Joan Denoo on March 14, 2016 at 2:24pm

Chris, my ancestor, left Plymouth, England, for Leiden, then to Plymouth Colony. We visited Belgium because my father's ancestors came from there. I didn't know about my Leiden connection and am sorry I missed such a beautiful city. 

Mayflower 400

Leiden, 

http://www.leidenamericanpilgrimmuseum.org/PageF1X.htm

Chris, sorry I do not know my history of The Netherlands. Is it Leiden Holland or The Netherlands?

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 14, 2016 at 2:22pm

Ian, sorry to hear about your stepmum! I hope she's comfortable.

Chris, many of us hope that Bernie Sanders can spread that very Partnership Culture outlook that "all of us are connected, all of life is connected, and that we are all tied together."

And on a lighter note, mostly for folks in the U.S. and Canada -- happy Pi Day! (3/14)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 14, 2016 at 12:49pm

Six thousand dollars in car repairs, ouch k.h. ky!

Plinius, I've recently seen optimistic reports of falling religious affiliation in the US and Europe. But the wave of migrants is so huge, those statistics will be invalid soon if they aren't already.

Comment by k.h. ky on March 14, 2016 at 12:23pm
Good one Chris : )
 

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