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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 Donald L. Engel on March 11, 2016 at 11:40am

Deer normally won't jump over 6 feet high, so I put up a seven foot chicken wire fence around our garden, and haven't been bothered since.  I gave up the Bambi scenario when I went hunting 60 years ago.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 11, 2016 at 8:26am

I did a while back, Chris, when I posted some pix of the trees where I live.  If I get the opportunity this fall, I'll break my camera out again and see if I can capture some of the beauty of the Cleveland MetroParks, and perhaps some of the other notable places the North Coast can boast about.

Comment by Plinius on March 11, 2016 at 8:15am

Show us, Loren!

Comment by Loren Miller on March 11, 2016 at 8:09am

The Netherlands shots were brilliant, Carl!  Thank you for those.  I'd like to think we have beauty like that in Cleveland here and there, especially around autumn when the MetroParks hit peak color.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 11, 2016 at 7:48am

Amazing photographs of The Netherlands, Carl. Some look like paintings. It's been 50 years since I was there.

Glad to hear you're okay, Joan. Personally, I've never been in a deer/auto accident, but some family members have. It's a real problem around these parts.

Ian, it came as a surprise to read about the Bambi/Jew comparison. Interesting thought.

Speaking of Jews, the PBS show "Finding Your Roots" featured Dustin Hoffman and his ancestry. He got very emotional "discovering", or at least admitting, he was Jewish. His father, evidently, never mentioned it, nor discussed his heritage. Hoffman was clueless.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 11, 2016 at 3:49am

Thanks for those lovely scenes of The Netherlands, Carl. I remember having coffee in Amsterdam, and the beautiful little cakes they served were too charming to eat and too delicious not to. The cream there was delightful. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 11, 2016 at 3:41am

Ian, an interesting idea, Bambi as allegory of Jews in Europe! That would be fascinating to watch with awareness of the allegory. 

Getting older isn't easy. When one works hard during the productive years it would be nice to have smooth going for the final stage of life. 80 is a whole lot harder than 70. I don't want to reach 90. 

Comment by Ian Mason on March 11, 2016 at 2:26am

Just returned from a few days in England. A very pleasant stay although it's clear now that my step-mum won't be with us much longer. She's 92 and can't even be bothered to eat and drink now. Her appetite for life has run out. The rest of the family are well, although my generation is begining to reach the stage of creaks and aches, knee and hip replacement etc. Such is life if you live long enough.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 11, 2016 at 2:20am

Indeed, Joan, country life has its less pretty side. The original 1920's Bambi novel by Felix Salten is sometimes considered an allegory of the the situation Jews faced in Europe.

Lovely photos, Carl. What a lovely place.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 11, 2016 at 2:14am

Randy, I think it was Dewey vs. Truman that the polling called listed phone numbers for their tally on election night and miscalled the election. I was a young girl and was disappointed because the voting results interfered with my favorite Saturday radio program, Let's Pretend. 

DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN

I am unable to bring the photo here. . 

 

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