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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 Plinius on March 27, 2015 at 10:09am

You have got such old parents! Mine died when they were about 80, fifteen years ago.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 27, 2015 at 10:03am

Wow Randy!  97 years and still going.  I thought my dad was doing great living 95 years.  Of course, my mother is still in the running.  She's 95 and still going.  Maybe she'll beat your dad in longevity. : )

Comment by Randall Smith on March 27, 2015 at 8:19am

Speaking of being old, I'm reading an interesting book--Being Mortal by Atul Gawande--"one not just about dying and the limits of medicine, but about living to the last with autonomy,dignity and joy".  With my father being "up there", and me not so young anymore, it's something worth paying attention to.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 25, 2015 at 7:55am

Glad you pointed that out, Chris. I would have missed it.

I'm taking my father out for lunch today. It's his 97th birthday. He's doing great, by the way. 15 minutes later, and I would have shared birthday dates with him. Thanks for the warm wishes, all.

Comment by Plinius on March 25, 2015 at 1:15am

The Milky Way from a geyser, a spectacular pic!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 24, 2015 at 3:02pm
Comment by Ian Mason on March 24, 2015 at 2:16pm

Happy birthday, Randy and many more of them. I hope the organic venture goes well and that you enjoy your trip over to this side of the big pond. Will you be cruising down the Danube? Perhaps waltzing to a famous Strauss tune too?

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 24, 2015 at 12:16pm

Chris, thanks for the lead to Szpilman. 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W%C5%82adys%C5%82aw_Szpilman 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 24, 2015 at 12:13pm

Randy, a very Happy Birthday! I hope your day is full of loving faily and friends, great food, pleasant sights, and excitement about investing in the future. Your land, expanding organic farming, and your family will give thoughtful care of your investment. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 24, 2015 at 9:09am

Happy B-day Randall. Enjoy that Danube trip; it's beautiful.

 

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