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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 February 5, 2016 at 5:44pm

I like your Bradlaugh quotes, Joan.

Thanks for sharing you clearing out of 40 years. I admire the way you move on confidently into the future.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 5, 2016 at 5:09pm

Boxes, boxes everywhere, bookcases empty, China stacked, getting ready for packing. We're cleaning out the pantry, refrigerator and freezer. 

Ran across some notes in books that I wrote years ago. Times were different then, the economy was thriving, the family was growing into adulthood and caused me some worry. Silly of me, looking back and realizing they turned out OK. I didn't need to fuss. 

Also ran across the correspondence I had with a psychiatrist at the U of WA when we got the diagnosis of Cary's brain disorder. That started a couple of years of learning how to deal with his behaviors. My job was to train him to be able to manage on his own when he was an adult. He is 51 now and I think he will function just fine with help from sister after I am gone. 

We are looking for a condominium to buy for Cary. We looked at many different options and this seems to be the one that meets everyone's needs. 

Thinking back over these past 40+ years, has been rewarding. I met many challenges and came through them the best I could. I didn't do too badly.  

Now, what do I do with 40+ years of accumulating treasures here and there. There is my book collection that is enormous. Craig wants some of the research papers and my collection of Mexican pots, Laura wants my spice rack so that will go north with me. We have a wall where we can install it. 

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 5, 2016 at 4:48pm

"While the Theist provides future happiness for a scoundrel repentant on his death-bed, Atheism affirms present and certain happiness for the man who does his best to live here so well as to have little cause for repenting hereafter"

~ Charles Bradlaugh, A Plea for Atheism

I like the way this guy writes. 

 

Comment by Ian Mason on February 5, 2016 at 4:03pm

Positive words, Joan and very true.

Auto da fe = act of faith. If that's faith I want no part of it.

I will translate a cheerful poem soon.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 5, 2016 at 3:48pm

“I maintain that thoughtful Atheism affords greater

possibility for human happiness than any system yet based on,

or possible to be founded on, Theism, and that the lives of true

Atheists must be more virtuous — because more human — than

those of the believers in Deity, the humanity of the devout believer

often finding itself neutralised by a faith with which that humanity

is necessarily in constant collision. The devotee piling the faggots

at the auto da fé of a heretic*, and that heretic his son, might notwithstanding be a good father in every other respect (see Deuteronomy xiii, 6-10). Heresy, in the eyes of the believer, is highest criminality, and outweighs all claims of family or affection.

Atheism, properly understood, is no mere disbelief: is in no

wise a cold, barren negative; it is, on the contrary, a hearty, fruitful

affirmation of all truth, and involves the positive assertion of action

of highest humanity.”

~ Charles Bradlaugh, A Plea for Atheism

https://ia600708.us.archive.org/29/items/APleaForAtheism/bradlaugh_...

burning at the stake (or auto-da-fé)

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 5, 2016 at 11:04am

Chris, it doesn't sound like a liberal government to start new coal power plants. It sounds like Luddites refusing to modernize. 

"Liberals believe in government action to achieve equal opportunity and equality for all. It is the duty of the government to alleviate social ills and to protect civil liberties and individual and human rights. Believe the role of the government should be to guarantee that no one is in need. Liberal policies generally emphasize the need for the government to solve problems."

Conservative vs. Liberal Beliefs

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 5, 2016 at 10:56am

@Plinius @Ian Mason, I just saved your poems and reading them again gave me the shivers, your talents amaze me. Your way with words evokes vivid images. 

Comment by Plinius on February 5, 2016 at 8:05am

And we get lots of fresh air! I'm still angry that the Netherlands are backward with wind and solar power, thanks to our stupid liberal government. They even allowed new coal power plants! I can't wait till this lot gets lost!

Comment by Ian Mason on February 4, 2016 at 2:12pm

It's quite breezy here but not as bad as it was a few days ago. It does however explain why Denmark gets 40% of its electricity from wind power.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 4, 2016 at 10:43am

I am not able to access education, politics, and religion so am posting here. Bill Black is a fired former bank regulator. I have been reading his stuff for years and he makes sense to me. You will get no surprise in his assessment of Sanders and Clinton. Be ready for a jolt!

By the way, I would not vote for Hillary because she didn't know or didn't choose to reign in Bill on economic reform when she had the pillow-talk position. Maybe she couldn't reign in the old cock, but there are some things she could have done if she disagreed with him. 

Published on Feb 4, 2016

Former financial regulator Bill Black and Roosevelt Institute Fellow Mike Konczal take on the policies of the two contenders for the Democratic nomination

 

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