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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 Bertold Brautigan on September 3, 2015 at 10:26am

My grandpa always used to sing it. Andrews sisters, if I remember right.

Comment by Plinius on September 3, 2015 at 10:26am

Never heard of, Randall.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 3, 2015 at 10:22am
Does anyone remember the old (1943) song, "Mairzy Doats"? I had to look up all the lyrics and hear the original version so I could sing it to my grandchildren. Fun song.
Comment by Loren Miller on August 31, 2015 at 12:54pm

Hex, it's not that one of you is smarter than the other; it's that one of you is open to new information.  She's been told that being open like that is an invitation to hell. 

Questioning the bible should be no different than questioning any other source: either it has the goods or it doesn't.  It doesn't get a free pass just because it's the bible and it doesn't get to prove itself with itself.  Evidence talks; bullshit walks.

Comment by Hex5 on August 31, 2015 at 12:35pm
I presented a small book of facts. Her reply was how dar you question god. Tgen i tore apart the bible i tore apart noahs ark on every level which is a few pages by itself then the resurection then revelations i also tore apart genisis i did it in the most logical easy to comprehend way possible. Her responce why do you question the bible why cant you believe it. She asked that after i pointed out all the problems with the bible. Finaly i gave up im like your a lemur. I cannot help you because you are a lemur. Just quit trying to comvert me im an ape your a lemur im smarter than you are
Comment by Loren Miller on August 31, 2015 at 12:26pm

Hex, there are people like that all over the place.  In one memorable episode of The Atheist Experience, Matt Dillahunty spoke of a young teen who had emailed in, terrified of questioning his/her faith for fear of becoming a heretic.  These are people who value a hallucination over reality.

Ask your friend of facts are more important to her than faith, and if faith takes priority, ask her why she looks both ways before she crosses the street!

Comment by Hex5 on August 31, 2015 at 12:16pm
The person i hate arguing with the most in a way is myself im extremely bullheaded and i have a problem in that it is very hard for me to walk away from an argument. I just got done arguing with an idiot. It was like talking to a tree. Check this out i brought up many many subjects i had studied. Biology chemistry psychology ect ect the list goes on forever. Im like learning these things these subjects discreadited the idea of a god more and more. At this point im 96% sure there is no god and ig there is it is a deistic one. You know how they responded. This was a 15 year old girl. She said i droped out of school and i refuse to learn anything els because if i learn something it might jeprodise my faith in god.... Im like WTF! I did not know stupid existed on this level. Evolution ....i dident work for everyone
Comment by Plinius on August 31, 2015 at 11:20am

Congrats, Randall! Miraculous to me: I couldn't hit a barn!

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 31, 2015 at 6:54am

Hex5, maybe you had a good influence on him.  I enjoy reading experiences and reports from fellow atheists that can still stand to enter churches, talk with theists, and watch debates.  I can't stand to do those things anymore, so I rely on you that can to keep me up-to-date.

Randall, a hole-in-one must be a good feeling.  I've never played golf.  Just batted the ball around once at a tiny beginners course.  It didn't have any long drives.  I could enjoy the game if I had the money, and the time.  There's just so many things I like to do, some never get done.

I came across this picture some time ago, and had to ask "Why so many crosses?"  She must be well and thoroughly indoctrinated.  Perhaps also desperate.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 30, 2015 at 10:18pm

Interesting, Hex5.

Congrats, Randall.

Hope y'all had a good weekend.

 

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