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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 Bertold Brautigan on March 3, 2015 at 1:03pm

Carl, so glad to hear you're experiencing some relief in the midst of your waiting game. Hang in!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 3, 2015 at 12:25pm

Randy, thanks for shout-out.  My dialysis treatments have caused me to feel SO much better.  I'm still going back and forth with the cardiology department regarding heart issues.  It appears my heart problems may be a bit more severe than originally thought. I'm waiting for see if more testing is warranted.  As I've been saying for weeks and weeks now, taking care of my heart issues is the last hurdle to jump before getting my kidney transplant.  Unfortunately this part of the process is dragging on and on. How naive I was thinking I was going to have my transplant this past December or January.  Oh well.  It will happen eventually.  I'm just glad I'm feeling better while waiting. 

Comment by Plinius on March 3, 2015 at 9:08am

Thanks Randall, I do hope that's true. And I remain disgusted by ISIS. I took this pic in the British Museum. That one will be safe for some time.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 3, 2015 at 8:30am

Chris, if it will make you feel any better, I just saw on TV last night that most of the works destroyed by ISIS were replicas, made of plaster and rebars, etc. The real artifacts are in Bhagdad. Let's hope that's true.

Carl, glad to see you up and about--at least on the computer!

Comment by Plinius on March 2, 2015 at 12:45pm

Thanks Carl!

Comment by Ian Mason on March 2, 2015 at 11:37am

Very good and chuckle-worthy, Carl. How are you?

Comfort reads: cartoons (Garfield, Calvin and Hobbes, Asterix) Terry Pratchett, Spike Milligan.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 2, 2015 at 10:29am

Here, Chris.  This is for you.  I hope it can brighten your day.

Dumb Jokes That Are Funny

Comment by Plinius on March 2, 2015 at 10:26am

And an hour ago my favourite neighbour dropped in with a stack of books. He's trying to get a little space in his bookcases, so he brought me the surplus he thought I'd like. Lovely, and a kind face was just what I needed! My bookcases are in danger of exploding....

Comment by Loren Miller on March 2, 2015 at 6:20am

[smile] I picked up Variable Star several years ago.  It reminded me of Heinlein's juveniles, though with some touches which set it apart from them.  I hear you in re: "comfort books," especially since I always enjoy rereading RAH.  His works are so content-full that there's always something to catch my interest.

Comment by Plinius on March 2, 2015 at 6:12am

Thanks Ian! What are your comfort books? For me - Terry Pratchett, Philip Pullman, Rowling or Heinlein - I'm hiding in Variable Star today.

 

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