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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 Ian Mason on April 7, 2015 at 11:03am

Have a great time, Randall.

Chaos is right, Chris. A witty collection of strange things.

Comment by Plinius on April 7, 2015 at 9:01am

Have a good trip Randall! Wave when you're in the neighborhood!

Comment by Deidre on April 7, 2015 at 8:11am

Have a fun trip, Randall...sounds wonderful!

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

Deidre, I was a born actor. It was sort of fun pretending to be a christian and preaching the gospel of ol' J.C.

For the rest of my atheist friends here at "Hangin', I'll be taking a sabbatical for two weeks while I'm traveling down and around the Danube River. Munich, Vienna, Budapest, etc. awaits. See ya'all later.

Comment by Plinius on April 7, 2015 at 7:24am

Pronunciation ís strange. At teacher training college this poem was exercise material for phonetics and pronunciation. http://ncf.idallen.com/english.html

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 7, 2015 at 2:30am

@The Flying Atheist, Hi Carl, I'm sending a hug. Hope your energy gets stronger. Sorry that I send you a late Eostre, Ostara, Autos, Ishtar, Astarte greeting in anticipation of warm weather. We had snow this morning and expect more. 

Comment by Deidre on April 6, 2015 at 11:08pm

hahaha Randall, you taught Sunday school as a non-believer. That's epic. :) 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 6, 2015 at 10:50pm

So true, Ian. George Bernard Shaw had a famous example. If you take "g" as in "laugh," "o" as in "women," and "ti" as in "information," "fish" could be spelled goti.

Comment by Ian Mason on April 6, 2015 at 10:45pm

Joan, pronounciation is a strange world. Why don't Kansas and Arkansas rhyme? The variations of 'ough' are many and I don't know of a system for them. You could fill a volume with the quirks of English. Then there's Gaelic: Siobahn = shivawn.  Taoiseach = teasuck. Danish is a minefield for foreigners and few people ever escape, no matter how many years they live here. As far as I know, the two languages with the most logical orthographics are Italian and Norweigan.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 6, 2015 at 9:48pm

I learned something today: how to pronounce Don Bredes' name:

rhymes with "lettuce"

or bread + us. 

 

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