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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 22, 2015 at 3:29pm

Your area sounded like a great place to live, until you described the MRSA pig slurry spraying, Ian. <face palm> It's greener than chemical fertilizer, but what's the carbon footprint of passers by getting MRSA? Saturnalia sounds like more fun than other Winter season celebrations. Locally there's no official HumanLight event this year. I don't much miss it, excepting for the music. Humanists tend toward boring lecture-like "celebrations".

There's plenty of benefits to mental health living "in country", Randall. But I prefer easy access to world class medical facilities from the Philly suburbs.

Love the LOL, Plinius! Those big eyes say so much.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 22, 2015 at 1:36pm

I do NOT like pig muck. Between a third and a half of pigs in Denmark have MRSA and spraying slurry everywhere seems like a good way to spread it. The last time I had a hospital appointment for a prostate exam, the first two questions were: 1) have you been to any 3rd world countries? and 2) do you live or work on a farm? Both are considered high risk and involve special precautions.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 22, 2015 at 11:06am

Happy solstice, everyone!

Comment by Randall Smith on December 22, 2015 at 7:44am

There's a lot to be said of living "in the country" (as we say here), despite the pig manure odor. I wouldn't have it any other way.

Thanks for the solstice greetings. It's also my parent's 75th wedding anniversary--if they were still living. I miss them. 

One more thing. Every year, up to this one, I send out Christmas cards or emails, usually about two weeks before Christmas. Then people trickle back responses. This year I'm waiting to see if anyone does it to me first. So far, with 3 days to the 25th, I've heard from NOBODY! Perplexing.

Comment by Plinius on December 22, 2015 at 2:35am

Happy solstice to all of you!

I like your town very much, Ian! And pigs smell a lot better than cars!

Comment by Ian Mason on December 22, 2015 at 12:43am

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odder

Sorry, no ring-fort remains in reality. There is an old Viking cemetary a couple of miles away but that was only discovered a few years ago under arable fields. The area has been populated since the retreat of the glaciers about 10,000 years ago but the modern town is not much more than 200 years old, built around a village, a church and two watermills. There isn't much industry left now, just agriculture and a limited amount of turism. Most residents commute to the larger towns of Aarhus, Horsens and Skanderborg. It suits me as a place to live though. There are shops enough, a small cinema and a library. The countryside and woods are 15 minutes walk away and the coast only 5 miles. For theatre and concerts, I take the bus to Aarhus, a 40-minute ride. The only disadvantage is when the farmers spread pig slurry on the fields: it stinks. All in all, a pleasant place. As the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy puts it, "mostly harmless."

Comment by Ian Mason on December 22, 2015 at 12:24am

Comment by Grinning Cat on December 21, 2015 at 5:00pm

Here in Philadelphia they're predicting a record-breaking 75 degrees for December 24!

(image from accuweather.com)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 21, 2015 at 3:13pm

Plinius, your daffodil sighting is amazing. The Guardian posted a photo of them blooming in London too.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 21, 2015 at 3:10pm

LOL, Loren. That "first lawyer" is great!

The extra warm weather is fairly widespread. Northern Spain is battling 130 wildfires, unusual for this time of year.

I would have wished all of you a Happy Winter Solstice, as in

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But we have lush green grass, overcast and 60's here, so...

 

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