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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 on Wednesday. 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 The Flying Atheist on September 24, 2015 at 1:27am

Chris, perhaps if you ever become "born again" you can pick a different birth date with a better song.  :)

Comment by Ian Mason on September 24, 2015 at 12:54am

As far as I  remember, "Goodnight Irene" was an old Leadbelly song. Is that a young Pete Seeger I see among the Weavers?

Just looked up the British no. 1 for the weekof my birth: Johnny Ray "Just Walking in the Rain". My Mum was keen on him until Engelbert Humperdink came on the scene in the 60s.

My life changed in '69. I was listening to Radio Luxemburg when they featured the Woodstock album. I heard Hendrix playing "The Star Spangled Banner" and realised that music, and the world could be different. One of those memorable moments.

Comment by Plinius on September 24, 2015 at 12:37am

Thanks for the comments! Perhaps I was never swoony-minded. My first ´real´ music was from Pink Floyd, Stones, etc. quite a far cry.

Comment by k.h. ky on September 23, 2015 at 9:19pm
Chris,l remember that song and I'm sure l only heard it once years later. I thought it was terrible, senseless and whiney too.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 23, 2015 at 8:05pm

Chris, definitely not satire. Eddie Fisher was a "heart throb" singer who's singing style was pretty typical of pre-rock 'n roll 1950's crooners. I guess that's why he made it to #1 that year! The teen girls swooned over his dreamy voice and good looks.

Comment by Plinius on September 23, 2015 at 8:39am

Thanks Carl, but I think the song is hard to understand, I'm totally out of touch with O My Papa. Is it satire, do you think? Or why the slow whining?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 23, 2015 at 7:58am

Ian, I was born in July 1964.  It was a big year in the US for the Beatles.  They had lots of #1 songs that year.  A couple of years ago I attended a screening of the film "A Hard Day's Night" at my local art-house/movie revival theater.  I have a copy of the July 1964 National Geographic Magazine.  The lead story is about the huge Easter morning earthquake in Alaska that previous Spring.

Here's a Medley of Number One Songs 1964 link.

It's from this fun website:

http://www.bobborst.com/popculture/number-one-songs-by-year/?y=1964

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 23, 2015 at 7:21am

Joan:

Bertold:

Chris:

Comment by Plinius on September 23, 2015 at 5:19am

1954 "Oh mein Papa" ... no, never heard of! 

Comment by Ian Mason on September 23, 2015 at 3:28am

What a youngster you are, Carl. I remember going to see the film of "A Hard Day's Night."

Just ordered this T-shirt.

 

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