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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 on Wednesday. 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 February 6, 2015 at 7:14am

Comment by Plinius on February 6, 2015 at 2:20am

@Joan - nobody worries very much about a storm; we have good organizations who constantly monitor the water, the weather and the sea walls. But this country is slowly sinking, of course, because of the rising sea and the emptying gas fields in the north. The first climate change is more rain, the rivers are swollen much more often and work is in progress there to deal with the extra water.

storm pics: http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=storm+10+januari+2015&qpvt=...

Comment by sk8eycat on February 6, 2015 at 2:01am

Great story!  What a calm, sensible woman! 

Did you notice that nobody mentioned any imaginary friends till you scroll down to the comments? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 5, 2015 at 11:51am

@Chris, I just watched a news report of a storm in Norway on Jan 10 that showed houses, streets, trees, and seawalls falling into the sea. Did the Netherlands get hit by that storm? Even though you have the dikes, what problems do you experience from the change in climate?

Comment by Plinius on February 5, 2015 at 2:42am

Good info, Ian, thanks. It seems to me that at least part of the problem comes from people claiming land, a nationality and privileges because of ancestors  who could perhaps have lived in an area. I wouldn't think of doing that, even if I knew where my ancestors camped 3500 years ago. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 4, 2015 at 11:11pm

I also want to say that I think it is time we get over nationalism. After all, we all part of the planet, we have the same threats of weather, drought, famines, epidemics, natural disasters and we all can benefit by working together in a partnership way. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 4, 2015 at 11:09pm

Ian, thank you for that information. It just seems so odd to me that peopl from that area must be at least cousins. I like your statement: 

"Genetic research in most parts of the world indicates that the DNA of populations doesn't change much over millenia. It's just the dominant ruling elite that changes. The sooner people realise that, the better. Then perhaps the danger of nationalism will wither away.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 4, 2015 at 10:55pm

Chris, thanks for the solidarity. There have been a few famous non-drivers, John Entwistle for one who(!) like me, also collected tea pots.

During my trip to Israel last Spring I went to the Israel Museum and found out the following: the Hebrews were, in the "Mosaic" period, an east.Canaanite tribe living as herders in what is now Jordan. They took advantage of a power vacuum when the Hittite empire collapsed and invaded what is now Israel. The Philistines were the notorious "sea people", a bunch of pirates who ravaged the eastern Med. before settling in Gaza. They brought with them knowledge of iron working and were dominant in their little area for some years. All of this happened about 3,500 years ago, according to current archeological/historical thinking. Genetic research in most parts of the world indicates that the DNA of populations doesn't change much over millenia. It's just the dominant ruling elite that changes. The sooner people realise that, the better. Then perhaps the danger of nationalism will wither away.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 4, 2015 at 6:05pm

OK it was a joke, it seems odd to me that a senator would make a joke like that with so many around him that do not get his humor. 
The Ken Ham joke, I got. You and I were not at the place that Moses was, nor was Ken Ham at the place where Adam was. 

Comment by sk8eycat on February 4, 2015 at 5:48pm

Some of my molecules or atoms may have been there, but "Moses" was in fantasyland.  (I forgot about that part,)

 

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