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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 October 14, 2015 at 10:16pm

I missed the Democratic debate. Changed my voter registration from Green To Democratic just to vote for Bernie in the primary. For me there's no debate on which candidate to support. Good to hear they took climate change seriously.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 14, 2015 at 8:43am

Happy rails to you Randy.  I'm just a little jealous.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 13, 2015 at 11:12pm

Ian, what a wonderful way to spend the day.  Snuggled up with a fun book.

Ruth, I just finished watching the Democratic presidential debate.  At least the reality of climate change is viewed as a serious matter.  How we will react and to what degree is another issue.  Such a far contrast to the Republicans.

I'm just getting ready to start a new book.  "Flapper: A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity, and the Women Who Made America Modern" by Joshua Zeitz.

http://www.amazon.com/Flapper-Madcap-Celebrity-America-Modern/dp/14...

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 13, 2015 at 10:34pm

I've started reading Climate Change, Capitalism, and Corporations, not exactly a curl-up-with book. Enjoy your pun-filled mystery, Ian.

A three-day train ride. Hope it's nice weather and great scenery, Randall, and your family visit is great.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 13, 2015 at 11:15am

Randy, have a great trip and visit.  I've always wanted to take a cross-country train ride.  Perhaps one of these days.

Comment by Plinius on October 13, 2015 at 9:29am

Looks very nice, Ian! 

Comment by Ian Mason on October 13, 2015 at 6:12am

It's a grey, cold and windy day so I'm going to enjoy a good book. In this case, "The Big Over Easy" by Jasper Fforde. It's Easter in Reading and Humpty Dumpty has been murdered. A hard case to crack for DI Jack Spratt and DS Mary Mary. They'll need help from SOCOs Baker and Kandelstykmaeker. 
If you love puns and wordplay, this is one for you.

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

Comment by Ian Mason on October 12, 2015 at 11:44am

Hello and welcome, Fredy.

Have a great trip, Randall. You'll enjoy it when you get there.

I've been making this year's chutney today. It's really a way of using up the tomatoes that haven't ripened. It takes a couple of months to mature so I don't know what it will taste like yet but I'm optimistic. Something spicy and tangy to keep out the winter cold when January and February come.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 12, 2015 at 7:28am

Greets, Fredy, and welcome.  Please have a great time here!

Comment by Randall Smith on October 12, 2015 at 7:20am

In case I haven't mentioned it here, I'll be gone a week. Off to Sac. CA to visit a daughter and son. I'm taking the train the long route, 3 days up and through Montana, etc., and south through Oregon. Worse part, I'm too cheap to buy a sleeper car. Oh boy.

 

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