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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 Idaho Spud on April 29, 2015 at 6:11am

I enjoy hearing your hospital story again Felaine.  I think you mentioned a thing or two that I haven't heard before.  I like how Dr. Falkenstein responded to the t-shirt over the scarecrow, and what you said to the chaplain.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 29, 2015 at 6:07am

Sane people.  Good one Ian.

Comment by Ian Mason on April 29, 2015 at 3:05am

Comment by Ian Mason on April 29, 2015 at 3:01am

Glad to hear that you're in action again, Carl. Keep it up.

I think there might be more "closet" atheists round and about in the health service than we think  although a lot of the people I work with in elderly care seem to be New Agers of various types. That might be because the profession is not a highly-educated one plus a portion of wishful thinking. "Is this all there is to life, rotting away at the end? There must be something else." You probably know what I mean.

Comment by sk8eycat on April 28, 2015 at 11:07pm

I am SO happy to see you again, Carl!  Been thinking about you a lot, especially when an anonymous aircraft flies over the house (we are near a glide path that is rarely used anymore).  Anyroad, I'm glad the dialysis is helping; just hang in there.  PLEASE.

Joan: I think I mentioned (about 10 times) that I wore my "IMAGINE NO RELIGION" T-shirt when I checked into St. Joseph Med Ctr for my laminectomy & fusion in '09.  The admitting clerks actually liked it. 

After the surgery I was not allowed out of bed AT ALL for 3 days, and I kept complaining (with a smile) about the "scarecrow" on the wall, but there is no way those things can be removed.  So when they finally decided it was okay for me to use a walker, etc., the first thing I did was drape my shirt over the silly thing.  When Dr. Falkenstein (my surgeon) saw it he nearly fell down laughing.  Said he's done most of his training in Catholic hospitals, and it was a real pain in the tush for him to see that "dead man on a stick" everywhere he looked.

The chaplain barged in when an LVN was giving me a bed bath; she said she'd be back, and I said, "Don't bother."  She didn't. I wasn't in good enough shape for any theological discussions. 

I dozed a lot, didn't even read much.  I was getting half-doses of non-opiate painkiller every half hour for 5 days.  Worked perfectly.  I am violently allergic to morphine and barbiturates (which nobody uses much anymore, thank whoever!)

So that's MY organ recital for tonight.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 28, 2015 at 5:14pm

Ian, I told the admitting nurse that I am an atheist, and she didn't bat an eyelash. I seemed the hospital chaplain arrived in my room very shortly after my admittance. I was vomiting all over everyone at the time and he promptly left. I was happy to see him after I had the tube down my throat, although my nose and throat hurt when I talked. I wanted to try out my Boghossian technique on him. Frankly, I enjoyed the challenge he presented.

A woman volunteer came daily, and I found her far more tedious.

the staff members who were interested in what I had to say offered me a great distraction from my bodily woes.

Boghossian

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 28, 2015 at 5:01pm
Good one, Bertold. Just the way I like 'em. The cornier the better!
Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 28, 2015 at 4:57pm
I forgot to mention that my kidney transplant has been delayed six months. The cardiologist wants me to fully recover before undergoing another major surgery. I guess that's for the best. It will give me additional time to build up my strength. My kidney disease has greatly weakened me. Now that I'm on dialysis and have a new heart valve, I'm finally healthy enough and have the energy to exercise.
Comment by k.h. ky on April 28, 2015 at 4:00pm
Bravo!
Comment by Idaho Spud on April 28, 2015 at 12:47pm

Heheheha!

 

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