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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 Randall Smith on October 21, 2015 at 7:50am

I have returned from visiting two of my children (and one grandchild) in Sac. Calif. It was pleasant enough, although I could do without my son-in-law, a real jerk and ne'er-do-well. I gave my daughter the "Dear Abby" message: "Would you be better off with or without him?" She's thinking.

The 3 day Amtrak trip out was no picnic. Very disappointing and tiring, not at all relaxing. I did meet some nice people, however. All the good scenery (Rockies, N. Calif, etc.) were unseen due to nighttime travel.

My airplane flight back was delayed in Chicago, which created self-stress, phone calls, blah, blah. I think I'm better off just staying home!

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 21, 2015 at 4:25am

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 21, 2015 at 4:14am

It feels nice to be missed, even though I have been reading as many of the Atheist Nexus posts as I can. I come to my room after dinner and start reading my mail and before I am aware, I am fast asleep. I sleep very soundly and feel nicely refreshed in the morning. The dogs bowl me over with their enthusiasm and we have a good walk-about the property every morning filling the bird feeders. Beautiful blue jays and woodpeckers and chickadees often greet us waiting for their wild bird food. A huge flock of turkeys come through every now and then. I haven't seen deer in days even though the population is very large. Hunting season starts soon and I hate the thought of Bambi and his mother being in danger. We have coyotes that sometimes wake me at night with their yipping and a cougar continues to leave evidence of being around. We keep a real eye on the kids, dogs and cats, although we would be virtually helpless if a big cat were hungry. The chickens have a safe roost ,,, I hope. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 21, 2015 at 3:35am

Yes, Ruth, I am still here, only very busy with playing with my great-grandkids, helping them with their homework, cooking up hearty meals, helping get a chicken coop ready to keep the family in fresh eggs and tending the greenhouse. The salads taste so very fresh as I pick them just before serving dinner. The kids rave about how much they like salads and we all wait anxiously for the zucchini to bear its treasures. There are dozens of squash forming on one plant, the tomatoes have blossoms as do the beans and peas. We have a Meyers lemon with nine blossoms turning into very tiny lemons. The Clementine orange tree hasn't bloomed yet. Adults in the family use the chainsaw to delimb the fallen trees and the kids and I form the slash into long ditches Travis digs with a backhoe across the hill where they will be buried into hugelkulturs. 

Comment by Ian Mason on October 21, 2015 at 3:30am

Been on a ticket-buying spree. Cumberbatch's "Hamlet" as a cimena streaming in November and John Cleese live in April next year. Enjoyment is expected.

Comment by Ian Mason on October 21, 2015 at 3:28am

A genuine talent, Vangelis.

If you want total relaxation for 8 hours, try this. 5 days left to listen.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06db5tv

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 21, 2015 at 2:07am

Vangelis, one of the great composers for relaxation or triumphalistic music that evokes deep emotions in me. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 21, 2015 at 12:56am

A classic composition by Vangelis, the Love Theme from the movie Blade Runner, combined here with the visual beauty of butterflies....

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 20, 2015 at 10:48pm

The Jan Laurenz piece reminds me of Vangelis. Perfect for relaxation.

I'll pass on "Martyrer", Ian. Sounds too depressing and plausible.

What happened to Joan? I haven't seen her here for days.

Comment by Ian Mason on October 17, 2015 at 12:52pm

Been to the theatre and seen "Martyrer" (Martyrs) Teenage boy gets God in a big way and causes havoc. Goes around quoting the most hateful parts of the New Testament (and there are many) before graduating to attempted murder. Recruits 2 followers, one male and one female who are actually only with him because they're in love with him. Drives his biology teacher over the edge. Good play but indecisive ending.

 

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