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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 December 25, 2015 at 11:01am

Joan, I thought El Nino had brought more snow this Winter in the Sierra Nevadas. Cleveland's temperature is about the same as Moscow 47.3°F.

Weather in Moscow and surrounding regions has been abnormally warm in recent days, with historic temperature records broken every day of the past week, the latest on Thursday with 8.5 degrees Celsius in Moscow.

... bees left their beehives and snowdrops suddenly bloomed in Moscow's parks.

Russia most hit by climate change

My own garden has emerging Spring bulbs 2 to 3 " high already. Not blooming, though. Still, they're a gonner as soon as Winter weather returns.

Thanks for your story of your first Winter holiday without your kids.

Your groaner LOL woke me up, Carl. Very funny.

Plinius, your cat LOL was also great.

Horray, Ian! Work done. Feeling alive and happy. <sigh> Brings back good memories of my retirement.

Randall, we didn't even bother with gift exchange this HumanLight.  My birthday also looms, and we're not really celebrating. I actually prefer the quiet, calm home life such as you described. At my age, I don't need anything personal.

Comment by Randall Smith on December 25, 2015 at 8:03am

In one big summation: Hurray Ian(!), thanks Joan, so happy to read positive news, Carl. And to everybody else, Merry Christmas, whether you celebrate or not.

I'll be staying home with nothing out of the ordinary happening. I'll go for a walk (with my dog), read some, eat , nap, watch a little TV, play some piano, etc. The usual. My ex-wife joins my daughter's family on Christmas morning. I don't think it's right, but that's just me. I've opened my one present from my daughter--a hand blender. Sweet!

Comment by Plinius on December 25, 2015 at 4:10am

Glad to hear that, Ian!

Comment by Ian Mason on December 25, 2015 at 2:24am

Love the cats, Chris and Carl.

Now it really is the holiday season: just finished my last shift ever in elderly care after more than 18 years. I feel so happy and alive again.

Hope you're all enjoying youreslves as much as I am.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 25, 2015 at 2:17am

Dear friends of Atheist Nexus, I hope each and every one of you have lots of rest, renewal, and relaxation during this darkest time of the year. In a day or two, our days will begin to get longer, and we can wipe away the dumps with the sweep of a broom and hands in the soil or whatever revs your energy. 

According to my weather report, at 10:28 Newport time, our temperature is 28, Vancouver is 39, Philadelphia and Bensalem are 63, Chicago is 43, and Cleveland is 48 degrees F. 

Whether with family, friends, strangers, or alone, may your time be filled with delicious food, beautiful sounds, pleasing smells, inspiring sights, and happy thoughts. 

One year at this season I realized my children would be going with their friends, and I knew I would have to learn how to celebrate without them. So, I told them I wanted to conduct an experiment to see if I could enjoy my time with them growing up and away. They each had friends and made plans to spend the holidays with them. 

I planned my meals, picked out my favorite music, selected a book to read and settled in for a pleasant time alone. I had a very nice time, the kids did too, and we were all happy. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 24, 2015 at 11:50pm

Whatever your plans may be tomorrow, I hope the day goes well for you.  I'll be with my family having good food and once a year baked treats during the day and then with my extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins in the evening for more indulgence.  We all get along well, so it should be pleasant.

The ground is dry and not a flake of snow is anywhere in the forecast, so her in Chicago we will just have to pretend.

 

Comment by Plinius on December 24, 2015 at 11:39pm

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 24, 2015 at 6:10pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 24, 2015 at 5:18pm

Sierra Nevada Snowpack at 500-Year Low

In 2015, researchers reported that snowpack in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California was at its lowest ever recorded level. But the official record only went back about 80 years.

TROUET: “We’ve been working with tree-ring data from California and we realized that we can reconstruct that snowpack number back to the early 1500s.”

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 24, 2015 at 2:22pm

I've been marveling at the Phila green grass, until I just saw a Canadian news broadcast showing green grass in Ottawa now.

 

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