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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 March 20, 2015 at 8:25am

Comment by Ian Mason on March 20, 2015 at 8:23am

Sorry if I gave the wrong impression, Chris. I don't have the same problem as you. It's just that I'm reaching that age when things in my body creak and crackle. Fair wear and tear in general.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 20, 2015 at 8:10am

What a contrast in photos between Chris' Rotterdam and Joan's flower garden!  Happy vernal equinox.

Joan, not to be a "know -it-all corrector", but I think you mean geography, not geology. (Like gait, not gate!)  I usually ignore  poor grammar I hear from my friends--lay for lie, have went for have gone, etc. It depends on the person I'm talking to. I'm hoping you'll take it with a smile! Love you!

Comment by Plinius on March 20, 2015 at 6:21am

Happy first day of spring to all of you. Why interesting, Joan? Is it the Chinese curse:"May you live in interesting times..."?

I'm sorry to hear that Ian also belongs to the Mer-people. Wish you painfree times, Ian!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 20, 2015 at 5:04am

Happy first day of spring 2015! This is going to be an interesting year. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 20, 2015 at 4:52am

Chris, thanks for the visual. The clouds look dark gray, so I guess that is what clouds do to eclipse viewing. 

Comment by Plinius on March 20, 2015 at 4:44am

View of Rotterdam with eclipse. The clouds are so thick that it all looks like an average gloomy winter day.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 20, 2015 at 3:33am

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 20, 2015 at 3:30am

Chris, I am getting a good geology lesson. I also had to look up Faröer Islands. I have been trying to figure out how to get a photo of my Google World Map shots to send but nothing I tried worked. Guess I will have to go to the store and have a lesson. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 20, 2015 at 3:23am

I agree, Ian, Chris is not only a survivor, she is a thriver! I think she is about the most resilient person I have met, here or elsewhere. Isn't it nice to have such resourceful people in our midst?!

 

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