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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 Ian Mason on December 22, 2014 at 1:24am

Comment by Ian Mason on December 22, 2014 at 12:57am

Lovely pictures, music and hugs. Thank you, all of you.

I've probably posted thid before but it's my seasonal favourite:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2mh5zPj7Lc

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 21, 2014 at 9:35pm

Time to use the "Wayback Machine."

Me in the Spring of 1983, finishing up first year of college, with a fellow jazz band trumpet player. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 21, 2014 at 9:17pm

Joan, thanks for posting the saxophone quartet.  It brings back tons of memories of my college days.  I spent five years as part of a saxophone quartet.  Most often I was the soprano player. 

Phillip Glass brings back lots of memories as well.  I was first introduced to his music by his famous Songs From Liquid Days album which I fell in love with and still play today.  I also had the privilege of seeing him perform live as part of a subscription music series at my college's fine arts auditorium.  His music is very mesmerizing and surreal......and yes, unmistakable.  As a musician I've never actually played any of his music, but I know it's difficult due to the riff repetition, the constant changing meter and the counter-syncopation.   

I'm also a fan of the Kronos String Quartet.  Phillip Glass has written much music for them and they have collaborated on many projects.  Kronos plays on the above-mentioned album, Songs From Liquid Days.    

Comment by k.h. ky on December 21, 2014 at 9:12pm
Cat, those are very good.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 21, 2014 at 8:39pm

Patricia, what can I say?  I love the train video!  lol 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 21, 2014 at 8:38pm

Sk8eycat, those changing photos are really cool.  Thanks for sharing. 

Comment by sk8eycat on December 21, 2014 at 8:19pm

From one of my cousins:

Watch what happens when you LEFT  CLICK ON EACH PICTURE.... HOLD IT AND DRAG YOUR MOUSE GENTLY FROM LEFT TO RIGHT  ON THE ORIGINAL PHOTOS AND IT WILL BECOME THE EXACT SAME LOCATION TODAY ... 70  YEARS LATER.


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Comment by Joan Denoo on December 21, 2014 at 6:02pm

Chris, a wonderful group hug and Yuletide greeting! 

Felaine, a great idea to include those "Down Under". 

Carl, very seasonal images to get in the mood for the season. 

Patricia, such beautiful winter scenes! We have no snow either. 

Rick, your train and tracks just amaze me. What a wonderful way to spend time. Thanks for sharing. 

To all my Atheist Nexus friends, a very happy Winter Solstice! The Wheel of the Year has started a new turn. So happy to be alive, breathing and participating in celebrating the shortest day of the year. 

I'm on my way to Laura's for the week. Joy, peace and love to all. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 21, 2014 at 2:51pm

 

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