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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 March 9, 2016 at 10:47pm

Our election primary in Illinois is this coming Tues. March 15.  I can't wait for it to be over.  I'm all for being involved in the political process, but the non-stop robocalls from politicians has been akin to telephone harassment. 

When the "Do Not Call" lists were started years ago I didn't have a problem with political calls being exempt.  I figured they were an important communication tool in the political process.  I've completely changed my mind.  There's no reason a person should be subjected to such an annoyance in their own home. 

Times have changed.  We can obtain our political information on the internet.  Using telephones for political communication has gone the way of the punch-card and hanging chads.  

[rant over]

Comment by Plinius on March 9, 2016 at 5:09am

Thank you Carl!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 8, 2016 at 12:22pm

To all you wonderful women here...you truly are inspiring. 

Thank you.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 8, 2016 at 11:54am

Chris, one of the wonderful benefits of corresponding with people around the world is learning about where they live.  Chicago isn't a natural magnolia area either because we're too far north.  Of course they flourish in the Southern US states.  

We're lucky to have several flower and plant conservatories and botanical gardens here in and around Chicago.  I love walking through the large tropical palm and plant rooms during the winter. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 8, 2016 at 11:47am

100% agreed, Randy and Bertold.  There's nothing positive to be said about corporate "news reporting" and media outlets.  It's all just deplorable. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 8, 2016 at 8:24am

I'm with you, Randall. Chuck Todd is another waste of airtime.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 8, 2016 at 7:44am
Am I the only one that can't stand Chris Mathews of MSNBC? Nor Joe Whatshisname on "Morning Joe". I hate interrupters and know-it-alls. Don't like Wolf Blitzer, either (CNN).
Comment by Plinius on March 7, 2016 at 1:10pm

The snow was only for a few hours, then it became sunny and warm - some 10 degrees Centigrade.

We have lots of magnolias, Carl, but not in the wild, only in parks and gardens. And you might make VERY long lists from what I don't know about Chicago....  

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 7, 2016 at 12:13pm

Welcome back, Randy!  Glad to hear you had a nice trip.

Snow, Chris?  Sounds like you are having the same erratic weather we are having here.  Cold, warm, cold, warm, etc.  Like Randy just said, it's going to be quite warm here this week.  Normally it wouldn't be uncommon to have quite a bit of snow still on the ground this time of year...but not this year. 

Chris, pardon my ignorance but I didn't realize magnolias grew as far north as the Netherlands. 

Comment by Randall Smith on March 7, 2016 at 8:09am

Driving back north from the Florida Panhandle, I could see the changes in scenery as it got bleaker and bleaker with lack of color. Ah, but it won't be long. Indiana is supposed to have temps in the 60's all week! By the way, it was nice and sunny where I was, but great to be home to see my family and dog.

 

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