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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 Joan Denoo on April 12, 2017 at 1:39am

Daniel, I was not able to Add my comment on Godless in the Garden, so here is what I said about your beautiful photos: 

Daniel, your photos of blossoms refresh me; I am so hungry for color, I can taste it. The shapes of the blooms, the bright colors, the bees that come buzzing, all these factors do not exist in the forest as in an orchard. Green, beautiful, aromatic, strong, all these components give me pleasure; but I do miss the other elements. 

My bird feeder has chickadees, song sparrows, and an occasional visit of deer. I will surely have to fence my raised beds when I get the seedlings transplanted from the greenhouse.

The greenhouse is a comfortable place, and I spend a lot of time out there. We had snow, and my tomatoes survived. They look healthy.  

I puttered doing my morning chores in the house and began to gather things to take to the greenhouse. I took my jacket from the closet and Dominic dashed to the door, yipping for me to hurry up. He doesn't like going in the dome;  he stays in the shade or wanders around close by. When I come out, he jumps around like a puppy. He is very gentle with me; if Zeek joins us, he knocks me to the ground. He acts like an ADHD dog with so much energy and enthusiasm. Dominic tries to stay between Zeek and me to protect me, but, alas, 

The wonderful thing about Zeek 

Is Zeeks are wonderful things.

Their tops are made out of rubber

Their bottoms are made out of springs

They're bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy

Fun, fun, fun, fun, fun!

But the most wonderful thing about Zeek

Is he's the only one, he's the only one.

Thanks to:  Winnie The Pooh - The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers 

Richard Sherman & Robert Sherman

Comment by Loren Miller on April 9, 2017 at 9:02am

Sorry to say, Carl, I thought those comparisons amounted to a side-by of the sublime and the ridiculous!

Comment by Randall Smith on April 9, 2017 at 7:11am

Mouth watering, Ian!  Happy to see The Parthenon. Last year when I was there, it was closed due to Greek Easter Sunday. Disappointing.

Interesting comparisons, Carl.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 9, 2017 at 12:33am

Ian, I was unable to send a comment to you and so am trying to send it from here: 

Ian, your lovely daughter and handsome son-in-law make a striking couple. 

Comment by Plinius on April 9, 2017 at 12:04am

I like them very much, Carl!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 8, 2017 at 4:22pm

Here's something quite different and witty.

Young Thug as Paintings: Modern Rap Meets Classic Art Masters

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 8, 2017 at 1:21pm

Love the photos, Ian.  

Loren, I guess baklava for breakfast isn't so strange considering all the donuts, coffee cake, and muffins people eat for breakfast.  No difference, really.  With my Norwegian and Danish heritage we always had plenty of pastries for the morning.  

Randy, the weather is extremely nice this weekend.  A welcome change from all the rain we've had.

Comment by Loren Miller on April 8, 2017 at 12:33pm

True fact, Ian: when my family was in Athens in 1969, my sisters ordered baklava and ice cream FOR BREAKFAST in the Athens Hilton!

Comment by Ian Mason on April 8, 2017 at 12:02pm

Baklava and ice cream.

Comment by Ian Mason on April 8, 2017 at 12:01pm

Theatre of Dionysos

 

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