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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 March 19, 2015 at 1:05pm

Very few people will see a total eclipse of the sun tomorrow.  Chris will see 85%

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 19, 2015 at 12:58pm

"Let ours be a time remembered for the awakening of a new reverence for life." 

~THE EARTH CHARTER

Korten, David C. (2015-02-02). Change the Story, Change the Future: A Living Economy for a Living Earth . Berrett-Koehler Publishers. Kindle Edition.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 19, 2015 at 12:54pm

Supermoon total eclipse of equinox sun on March 20

March 20, 2015 total eclipse times from land

Tomorrow! It will begin! Get ready! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 19, 2015 at 12:45pm

Good morning world! Sun shines, expected to be 62 degrees today, green begins its yearly commencement, my muscles hurt from yesterday's spreading of 3 yards of manure, I am happy, and all is right with the world.  

My older cousin reminded me that we are in our 80th year and I reminded him we are elders. To my way of thinking, that is an honor not many enjoy.  

My thoughts and yours as well are of Carl. His vulnerable body continues to take terrible hits. If anyone can survive all that, Carl will. 

I offer a bit of spring imagery and sound to get is into the swing of coming spring. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 19, 2015 at 12:14pm

Chris, this dreadful news provides no reward for all the work you have done for others. With flat feet, unequal leg length, weak ankles and X-legs, that means your spine gets distorted. Not a good way to go into your Golden Years. 

Now for the reality check. 

Is there anything you can do to have less deterioration and pain?

Are you doing those things? 

Are they working? 

If the answer to those three questions is 

"Yes," then you solved the problem.

"No," then you have some choices to make. 

1. Do more of something, do less, or do something else. 

2. Roll up into the fetal position and become a zombie. 

3. Use feelings: cry, moan, depression, anger, sadness, fear.

4. Allow the reality to define you. 

5. Think of yourself in terms of universal time, from the Big Bang realizing that you exist in just a sparkle of time.

6. Decide how you react to your personal reality.

7. Pay attention to the story you tell yourself about the problem, i.e. "nobody wants my opinion. So I'll get used to it" is your story. 

When we get our story wrong, we get our future wrong. 

8. Listen to your story and decide if that is your desired future story. 

Chris, I hope this isn't just boring material to you. My intention is to offer a process to change what is happening to you as being a "winner". You observed people who needed help, and you did what you could to help them. You knew people needed to learn a new language, and you developed a plan and worked it so that you could help them. You grew up in a dysfunctional home and created a different lifestyle for yourself and your partner. Now your body shows the ravages of overwork, not enough rest, perhaps not enough laughter. Whatever your reality, you can turn it into your victory.  

When I see the words "Chris" or "Plinius", I think of a person with courage, intelligence, healthy instincts. I observe pro-activity, a good heart, skills, care, compassion, talent, and empathy. I admire you and feel honored to have such a trustworthy and steadfast friend. 

Comment by Plinius on March 19, 2015 at 11:22am

He didn't tell me, but I've had flat feet all my life.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 19, 2015 at 10:16am

Sorry about your knees and legs little mermaid.

Did your GP say why you have flat feet?

Comment by Plinius on March 19, 2015 at 5:05am

Another fine mess I've got myself into... My GP told me that the heavy work of the last fifteen years has worn out my knees. On top of that he told me that I have flat feet (I knew that), weak ankles, and legs of unequal length that are slowly turning into X-legs. I think that I'm far too young to turn into the Little Mermaid, but nobody wants my opinion. So I'll get used to it.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 19, 2015 at 3:25am

Carl's operation should be over by now. I hope it went well and that we hear from him soon.

Comment by Plinius on March 19, 2015 at 1:51am

I know the Flemish are always ready for fun, Joan. You know how I think.

 

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