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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 December 14, 2014 at 7:11pm

How to Shit Around the World: The Art of Staying Clean and Healthy ...

Ian, I wish I had this guide when I was traveling. It was in Hungary, I think, that we had to buy toilet paper and each piece was 4" x 4" and felt like the paper we used for learning how to write in 1st grade. We also had to tip the restroom assistant for standing in the door and selling us toilet paper. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 14, 2014 at 7:06pm

Ian, your gentle comment of using hands in working instead of in prayer says what needs to be said and understood. 

If I remember correctly, she lived in Odder, near you. With your daughter in Copenhagen, will you travel by ferry to see her, or take the Great Belt?

I enjoyed a beautiful ferry ride from Hamburg to Copenhagen and on eastward. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 14, 2014 at 6:44pm

Mindy, we need to find you some good posters that tell about non-believers and their children. We could knock your neighbor's socks off. 

I just found a treasure trove that you may enjoy. I am going to send one of these a day until I run out of posters. 

Churches and Children

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 14, 2014 at 2:37pm

Patricia, I am very glad to learn you don't shop at WalMart. My son-in-law has a sticker on his truck, MalWart. Let me think, doesn't mal = "bad" in Latin and wart = "virus' in English? 

Bad virus 

I am unable to copy the picture from there to here. So, here is the site. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 14, 2014 at 2:21pm

Chris, I love your toe-stepping-on experience! Sounds like the person needed some training on how to behave.  

Because we don't exchange gifts or cards, we have none of the stress associated with the mid-winter holidays. No shopping, no addressing of cards en mass, no crowds. We can sit at home, feet up on an ottoman and drink coffee, tea, or hot cocoa with a stick of cinnamon.  

Our potlucks at mid-winter taste so good, everyone, men and women, seem to be excellent cooks. Not all the family and friends are non-believers; we restrain from discussing religion and politics for other times.  If someone does bring up a conflicted topic, we always hear from the other side, not in an aggressive manner, but as a statement to balance opinions. The north Washington state area, populated by fundamentalist religious and political parties, have the fuel to create a big fuss. We like each other, so we leave the disputes to a Friday night over a pizza and beer. 

Comment by Ian Mason on December 14, 2014 at 2:18pm

Helping your children or anyone: two hands working can do more than 1,000 clasped in prayer.

The seasonal broohaha is over for me. Was in England in Nov. and handed out presents and cards. Held "Xmas" yesterday with my daughter as she's moving to Copenhagen on Friday. We had the usual big nosh-up and exchanged presents. She says that I'm one of the most travelled people she knows so she gave me 1) a scratch-map. You scrape the foil off each country you visit and are left with a map of the world and 2) a book called "How to Shit (all over the world) which, despite the silly title, is written by a doctor from the Institute of Tropical Hygiene and Medicine and a good guide to dos and don'ts when travelling. The lists of various diseases and parasites are quite a horror story though.

Has everyone had a pleasant weekend?

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 14, 2014 at 2:09pm

Mindy, I did receive this information from you,

"This is what an old friend put on Facebook.  This is why I don't have many close friends in real life anymore.  I was just astounded. Ugh."

However, I am very curious about what your old friend put on Facebook. 

Comment by Plinius on December 14, 2014 at 8:59am

what a stupid tekst, Mindy, I can imagine you avoiding those people! I'm lucky that most religious people here are not so rabid.

Went to Rotterdam just now for a new diary - but I almost had to fight. The shopping frenzy is at boiling point,the shops are loaded with people who all look unhappy and nervous or agressive. One woman tried to push me from my place in a queue, so I stepped on het feet to stop her. She ran away cursing, I thought her very funny!

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 13, 2014 at 2:40pm

Loren, enjoying your video, Ellen McIlwaine. It's a keeper! I like your wide interest in music. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 13, 2014 at 2:38pm

Patricia, what a calming and serene scene of man and horse doing yoga. The horse seemed to enjoy the experience ... not like a horse trained to do tricks, but able to stretch for pure pleasure.  

 

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