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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 27, 2015 at 10:24am

Carl, so sorry to hear of the excruciating painful pluricy, but glad that you're on the mend.

Comment by Plinius on April 27, 2015 at 9:21am

No one but a xtian would claim someone else's lucky break, however small. I'd be livid too Randall.

Comment by Loren Miller on April 27, 2015 at 8:26am

Good to hear from you, Carl.  Please take care of YOU!

Comment by Randall Smith on April 27, 2015 at 7:59am
Yes, it's a relief to not only hear from you, Carl, but to know you're on the mend. You'll make it.
Reminds me of telling my sister that my thumb arthritis disappeared for a few days while on my cruise. It felt so good to be pain free. She replied "the power of prayer". For some reason, her comment made me livid. I informed her of studies/experiments done that prove prayer is worthless--in fact, just the opposite. Of course, she won't accept the truth. My arthritis has returned.
Comment by Ian Mason on April 27, 2015 at 12:54am

It's so good to hear from you, Carl. Keep getting well.

Comment by k.h. ky on April 27, 2015 at 12:21am
CARL, we are all so relieved to hear from you! And I cheerfully speak for all. Thanks for touching base now get back to getting well :))
Comment by Plinius on April 26, 2015 at 11:43pm

Carl! Good to see you're back! Happy to hear that you're on the mend!

Any dog owners in the Chicago neighbourhood? This might help: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/news/canine-influenza-update.htm

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 26, 2015 at 7:47pm
Hello, everyone. I'm going to keep this short because I'm writing on my smartphone, which is very slow and tedious. I'm doing well. I see many of you have inquired about my well-being. Thanks for your concerns.
I have had limited and spotty internet. My heart surgery went very well but have spent the last five weeks in two different physical rehabilitation facilities. I'm healing nicely but have had some pluricy in my chest, which is fluid around the lungs. It is excruciating painful.
I'm being released this Wednesday and will stay once again with my parents while I continue to regain my strength.
P.S. Joan, sorry to read about your incident falling. I'm glad to hear your recovering and being well taken care of by your family.
Comment by Idaho Spud on April 25, 2015 at 9:59am

Glad to hear you're on the mend Joan.

Comment by Randall Smith on April 25, 2015 at 7:48am

It's difficult to know where to start when describing a two week trip. Generalizations are too broad, while detailing can be boring. Photos are meaningless without context. Impressions are personal. I did write about food in the "food" group. My favorite city was Linz. Rothenburg (Germ) is a walled city west of Nuremburg (which we quickly visited). The walls are basically the same as it was 48 years ago when I hitchhiked through Europe, but the town itself has become a touristy attraction, much to my dismay. So many cities cater to the cruise and bus visitors.

I could say so much more, but...... 

 

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