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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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 30, 2015 at 5:58pm

Thanks for your encouragement, all. Yes, the worst seems to be over.

Thanks for sharing your family's underbrush clearing day, Joan. It's wonderful to see the world through your eyes.

Here's a video of rock balancing by Michael Grab aka "Gravity Glue", that I found relaxing. I hope you all enjoy it too.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 30, 2015 at 10:25am

That sounds like a lovely day, Joan.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 30, 2015 at 9:23am

Carl, your bright and cheerful messages brings music to my spirit. If you can make it past all the challenges you faced so far, you will certainly master any future challenge as well. Isn't the body a wonderful thing, making adjustments to all kinds of insults to its organs and a rough, raspy voice that speaks with power and authority declaring you are up to the tasks!

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 30, 2015 at 9:14am

Today is a big day of the family joining together to clear out the underbrush of the forest, gather up and bury the slash and logs and create a firm fireline across the south end of the clearing. Laura is in charge of the crews, Larry is smoking and BBQing part of the feast, Laurie is in charge of the small children and kitchen, Michelle and her five young ones will be involved, the six year old as runner with water and band-aids as he barks encouragement to the 16-year-old on the tractor. 

We had another terrible thunder and lightning storm last night that took out the power for a few hours. The sun shines brightly on the forest this morning. 

Yesterday morning, a mother deer and her yearling grazed past my north window and disappeared into the forest to the west. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 30, 2015 at 9:04am

Ruth, it is beginning to look as though you and your husband made it over the big challenge. As life comes back to a new normal I trust the really bad events reside in the past and each day become better and easier for both of you. 

Comment by Randall Smith on May 30, 2015 at 7:19am

It's nice to hear all the good news!

Hope everyone has a great weekend. Think positive.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 30, 2015 at 1:58am

Glad to hear it, Ruth. 

Comment by Plinius on May 30, 2015 at 12:39am

Hi Kathy, how are you?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 30, 2015 at 12:05am
Thanks, Kathy.
Comment by k.h. ky on May 29, 2015 at 11:59pm
Happy to hear it Ruth. Glad to have you back.

You too Carl. Hello Chris :)
 

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