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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 August 30, 2015 at 3:37pm

Hex5, I truly enjoy a conversation with a believer in supernatural powers if they ask questions without hate in their eyes and if they answer my questions without being defensive. Sharing "This is how I see my world" makes for interesting conversations. 

Randy, you deserve to brag or to describe your experiences. I enjoy your comments even if I am not a golfer or a walker. Your hole in one sounds impressive to me even as I have never tried such an accomplishment. 

Comment by Ian Mason on August 30, 2015 at 2:55pm

Nice, Hex. Not all believers are fanatics, fortunately.

Well done, Randall. It's good to feel that effort is rewarded. Pat on the back.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 30, 2015 at 2:44pm

Congrats, Randall - nice going!

Comment by Randall Smith on August 30, 2015 at 2:35pm

I rarely boast, or even talk, about my golfing expertise. But if I may, I'd like to say I had a hole-in-one last Friday (witnessed). Sadly, I never actually saw the ball go in the hole. We were facing the sun and "lost it". I thought it went over the green, looking there first. It was not a jump up and down moment. More of a "How about that!".  It's my fourth one, all coming during retirement. And, for the record, I have a 4 handicap, meaning I usually shoot between 70 and 75. My golf game has actually deteriated as I get older (I'm 72). And I have to use the senior tees (which shortens the yardage). I do not ride a cart. My pedometer averages 6 miles walking. Sorry if I'm boring you.

Comment by Hex5 on August 30, 2015 at 2:33pm
So i walked into a church today and and met a guy. I told him i used to be a fundamentalist but i left the church. The cool thing was he was interested in my points and recognized what i was saying. We had a very intelligent respectfull conversation. I was suprised the civility.
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 25, 2015 at 11:50pm

Loren, Thanks for this Enya moment!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 25, 2015 at 11:47pm

Randy, you have every reason to be proud of your family. I am proud of them, too. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 25, 2015 at 11:33pm

Loren, I've always loved that song.  Seems I've heard it many times and did, in fact, know it was performed by Enya, but I never really researched the details about that song or who Enya is until now.  Thanks for posting it.  It's such beautiful music.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 25, 2015 at 1:01pm

Enya is unique and that is a lovely song. Thanks.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 25, 2015 at 11:30am

I first heard this a LONG time ago, just how long, I don't remember.  It's a song which feels almost effortless in its character, one I doubt I could ever tire of.

 

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