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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 Joan Denoo on January 3, 2015 at 12:14am

Tom, perhaps you and I learned the same or similar strategies, be tougher that those who would try to silence us. They eventually get tired and stop their nonsense. If they successfully intimidate us, they win. I have no intention of lettering them do such a thing. 

Comment by Ian Mason on January 2, 2015 at 11:15pm

Holiday reading: by coincidence, two books with similar themes but also very different. "Rumpole and the reign of terror" by John Mortimer and "Arthur and George" by Julian Barnes.

Both written about 8 years ago, the "Rumpole" is a protest against British anti-terror laws which make it legal to imprison people without telling them or their legal counsel what they're charged with. Rumpole defends a Pakistani doctor who's been accused by anonymous letter.

The Barne's book is true account of Conan Doyle's efforts to clear the name of an Indian solicitor convicted of maiming animals on the basis of anonymous letters. The real case, in 1904, led to the founding of the Appeal Court.

Both can really be called Kafkaesque as the atmosphere of both does resemble "The Trial".

Comment by Ian Mason on January 2, 2015 at 11:02pm

Well done, Tom.

It does sound like people are feeling on top of things now. That's good to hear.

The weather in Denmark has switched from many minus degrees back to wind and rain. Personally, I don't mind at all after some of the recent winters with frost from November to March.

I've decided to take some time off work sick. I've been close to a depressive episode for some time now and all the usual strategies for warding it off haven't worked so I need to remove the most stressing element from my life. It usually goes against my moral sense to stay home from work but this time it seems like the right thing to do.

Comment by tom sarbeck on January 2, 2015 at 10:14pm

Thanks for the creationism cartoon, booklover.

In this retirement home for veterans, I'm way out of the closet. I might have bullied the xians who know me into keeping quiet; they don't give me any lines I can answer with zingers like that.

Life can be so hard; ho, ho, ho.

Comment by k.h. ky on January 2, 2015 at 7:38pm
Carl, I'm happy you're feeling better. Flu is running rampant now. I stay away from everyone as much as possible.
Mindy, I too am glad the holidays are over.
Joan, you sound much better than a few days ago.
Hello to everyone else.
Comment by Joan Denoo on January 2, 2015 at 2:48am

I enjoy having remodel work going on in and around my house. I like the smell of sawed wood, the sound of machines and the chatter of craftsmen. I guess it is because my Dad was a carpenter and we had all kinds of tools and machines and projects going on all the time. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 2, 2015 at 2:46am

Patricia I enjoyed your water skiing photo. Real teamwork. ! 

Raising huskies and malemute must have taken a lot of energy, I was around them when I lived in Kenai, Alaska and visited the native and homesteader families there who raced them. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 2, 2015 at 2:41am

Carl, your Sidney Bechet recording sounds great. I saved a playlist of his performances. Very pleasant background music. 

Comment by Plinius on January 2, 2015 at 1:21am

Back to normal again! Here we had two winterish days and now we're back in the rainy season. Statistics on the weather in 2014 say that the temperature was 1° C. higher than the average.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 2, 2015 at 1:08am

Joan, your movie clip inspires me to post a little bit more of Sidney Bechet.

 

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