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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 Plinius on October 5, 2015 at 12:48am

Good to see you all here! I've been up to my ears into new lessons and other things, and with husband ill at home.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 4, 2015 at 4:21pm
Ruth, what instrument does your husband play?
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 4, 2015 at 1:38pm

Hi, Randall. A thousand dollars to pour ashes into a hole! You started my day with a laugh. My parents chose cemetery burial, less green.

It’s been gloomy and chilly here in Eastern PA too, Flying Atheist. The birds have been chirping, as if they’re roosting, half the day. Since our heat is off I got out my HeatHolders socks. Perfect for cold tile.

I envy your blackberry picking, Ian. And running in the woods too. It’s been years since I could jog.

Sorry I haven’t posted. Nose bleeds for a week or so, but they stopped.  Mostly I’ve been kind of brainless lately. I see interesting articles, but don’t have the energy to share. Getting out of the recliner takes more work than it used to. As you can see from my new profile picture, I’m mostly grey now.

I get mild depression, reacting to bad climate and political news. I’ll try to stop lurking and actually say something.

Joan, my husband joined a senior band that includes big band songs in their list (it doesn’t compete with his blues band). So I’ll be hearing more of that music here at home.

Comment by Ian Mason on October 4, 2015 at 12:58pm

Glad you found a good solution, Randy.

Welcome, Jonathan. Nice to have you here.

I've been using the mild Autumn weather for good things. Running in the woods and (when I've found the good spots) going back and picking blackberries. Now have plenty frozen ready for the Winter.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 4, 2015 at 11:23am

Happy weekend, everyone. 

Yes, Randy, it's been pretty gloomy and chilly lately.  My apartment temperature is down to 64-degrees, but I haven't turned on the heat.  It's not unbearably cold yet.  It's kind of nice to lounge around in my flannel pants and a sweatshirt.  I'm rehearsing my winter coziness.  

Hey, Jonathan.  You're a new face here.  Welcome!  Nice to have you with us.

Comment by Greyfax Grimwald on October 4, 2015 at 8:02am

I also still have to decide where to put my mom's ashes. I have very mixed feelings about her, but I promised I would wait at least a couple of years before deciding anything, otherwise they might have ended up flushed down the toilet. I am glad you don't seem to have any mixed or negative feelings, but that's total BS that the cemetery wanted to charge that much when - esp. when you'd be doing the work yourself.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 4, 2015 at 7:03am

Gee, where is everybody? It's been a week. 

It's another gloomy Autumn day here in Indiana. Fitting for spreading my father's ashes around the farm and at my parent's headstone. I wanted to simply dig a hole there and deposit the container of ashes. But can you believe the cemetery charges a thousand bucks to do it?! No different than the cost of a regular burial.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 27, 2015 at 7:09am

Loren, I love "Corner Pocket"! One of my faves.

Joan, interesting info.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 26, 2015 at 3:51pm

Geez, I've never heard that song before (Anytime, Anyday, Anywhere.)  Nice!  Thanks, Joan.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 26, 2015 at 3:32pm

 

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