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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 May 31, 2015 at 2:53am

There goes my computer, repeating a sentence that I edited. Why "10-year-old Ethan and I created a strawberry patch." repeated at the end of the narrative is beyond me. Even when I read my comment before posting, this ghost of a former sentence gets tagged onto the end. If anyone knows why this happens, I will be most grateful to learn how to stop it. 

10-year-old Ethan and I created a strawberry patch. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 31, 2015 at 2:46am

The morning started with a heavy downpour, lightning and thunder. We thought our work day would have to be delayed. About mid-day, the sun came out, the sand was moist but not wet. Laura, Larry, my two granddaughters, Michelle and Laurie, Michelle's five children all showed up and took those jobs that matched their skill level and interests. My great-granddaughter, Brooklyn, entertained us all through the day. She walks now, is getting a vocabulary of a few words and lots of experimenting with her voice. 

The three dogs and a herd of cats joined in. 

Zac cut down five trees; Larry, Jacob and Travis drove the tractor with a backhoe and a loader. They dug two large hugelkulture trenches, the kids filled them with slash and old and new logs, then Travis covered them over with sand to form a fire break. The wood will become like a sponge and store water. The sticks will decompose and provide humus to the sand. 

Laurie took charge of the kitchen and Brooklyn and prepared the most excellent dinner with the help of 14-year-old Katelynn. Larry smoked three racks of ribs and BBQed lots of hamburgers. The girls made potato salad and cabbage salad, and Laurie made a chocolate cake topped with whipped cream and fresh strawberries. 

Eight-year-old Austin pulled grass out of a patch of Earth so that 10-year-old Ethan and I could prepare the soil for strawberries. Six-year-old Noah gathered glaciated pebbles to create a walkway. 

We all worked hard, ate well, laughed a lot and created memories that will last a lifetime for these young people. My memories will stay with me as I get older. I feel such pride and respect for this very healthy family. Not a cross word was spoken, nor any sign of criticism. There was a lot of teaching and learning going on. I was so proud of 16-year-old Jacob as he learned how to drive the tractor, dig the trench, and move sand around. He made a lot of mistakes and Larry very firmly and gently taught him how to manage the backhoe and loader, and how to place the out-riggers. When Jacob became frustrated, Larry encouraged him to climb back in the seat and try again. Jacob comprehended the skills. 

I am tired, very happy, and confident my family will be able to meet the changes taking place in society and have the sense of being self-sufficient. 

10-year-old Ethan and I created a strawberry patch. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 31, 2015 at 2:08am

Chris, I know how your aunt felt after such a fall. It does something to one's sense of vulnerability. I now walk with a cane or a walker. Larry built a handrail off the back porch because I wouldn't go down them. If I fell, I would land on concrete. Been there, done that!

Yes, 80 years old and a fall is quite different than being 50 and fall. Something happens to the psyche. I am so glad you are there for her. My family does not hover, however, they are there when I feel vulnerable. 

Comment by Plinius on May 31, 2015 at 1:00am

Thanks for the video, Ruth, I enjoyed it very much! And yes, it's it's a clear metaphore for life, as Joan says - but it wouldn't be so appealing in a less beautiful setting! 

A sign of returning health, Carl, when you start to feel jealous! Good! I'd love to go with Ian too, but no chance. We expect a detailed report, Ian!  

We'll visit Aunt today - a few days ago she fell and hurt her jaw and a few remaining teeth, but the worst is that it scared her very much. I took her to the dentist - she was so shaken up that she wouldn't do one step on her own and I had to hold her hand all the time. To be 80 years old and scared!

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 31, 2015 at 12:15am

Ruth, the video showing balance is a perfect metaphor for life and living. Take what one has, put it into balance with living. When the situation changes, rebalance one's life. 

Indeed, it is relaxing, watching the creation of balance, observing falling out of balance. Restore, Renew, Refresh with a new creation. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 30, 2015 at 11:48pm
Ian, as a flight attendant I can't believe I'm saying this, but I'm jealous of all your travels. You go to so many fantastic places and do a lot of fun activities. When I travel....it's all work. LOL
Comment by Ian Mason on May 30, 2015 at 10:10pm

Getting worked up about my trip to Dublin next month. First: The Who live - the main reason for going, but have now booked seats at the Abbey Theatre for two plays, an old Sean O'Casey and a new special commision. Starting off with a guided walking tour though. This should be fun.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 30, 2015 at 10:09pm

That's a fascinating video, Ruth. It makes me want to try.

"New normal" is something I missed the first time. A good expression that's worth remembering.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 30, 2015 at 6:46pm
Ruth, an interesting and beautiful video.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 30, 2015 at 6:34pm
Joan, I like your little phrase "new normal." I'll have to remember that as I age and my health and abilities change through out the coming years.
 

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