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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 The Flying Atheist on December 5, 2014 at 3:09pm

Just checking in.  I've been feeling really "out of it" lately.  My energy level is very low and I'm very tired.  Despite my tiredness, I've been suffering from terrible insomnia.  My doctor just prescribed a sleep aid this week, so the last two nights I've been able to sleep soundly.  I'm on three high-blood pressure medications but my blood pressure readings are still sky high.

This has been a busy week with two doctor appointments plus a face to face interview with the Social Security Administration regarding benefits. 

This coming Monday, the 8th, I'm having umbilical hernia surgery.  The kidney transplant team wanted me to have this completed before having my kidney transplant.  The surgery will be done Monday afternoon and I'll be released from the hospital that evening barring any unforeseen circumstances.  It's not very invasive but still, I'll be under general anesthesia and have about a two week recovery period.  

I have kept up with all the goings-on here but quite honestly I haven't had the energy to be more active and engaged.  I miss my usual interaction.  

Cheers to all of you, my friends!    

    

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 5, 2014 at 2:27pm

The second article of mormon faith says " We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam's transgression.  That seems contradictory to why they think innocent children have to suffer.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 5, 2014 at 2:22pm

On second thought, if I remember right, the mormon response is, the child has done nothing, but his society has displeased god, so he must suffer, and those that caused it will have to suffer in the next life (or something like that).

A better thing to say, is why would I want to worship a being that is so heartless as to make innocent children suffer for something others have done or not done?

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 5, 2014 at 2:11pm

I have a great temptation to send that to my mormon family, asking what has that poor child done to displease god?

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 5, 2014 at 2:06pm

Oh, that's a horrible picture Patricia, but it does make a good point.

Comment by Randall Smith on December 5, 2014 at 7:28am

I think Loren has hit another milestone. H.B.!!

Comment by Plinius on December 5, 2014 at 1:37am

Good for you, Ian, driving lessons! And I hope your future tests will bring good news!

Comment by Ian Mason on December 5, 2014 at 1:18am

Hello dear friends. I got back from England a couple of days ago. Had a very pleasant time with family although age and illness are wearing some of them down.

Tuesday I began taking driving lessons. Theory only for the first sessions but I will get behind a wheel for the first time ever on the 16th Dec.

Before going away I had a routine blood test taken for prostate cancer and it came back as slightly suspicious. Antigen level 3.9. A repeat test this week showed antigen 3.5, which is in the right direction as normal for my age should be 3.0. My doctor says that there could be a dozen reasons for this but that she wants to err on the side of caution so a new test in two weeks time. I'm not particularly worried. I think I might just be a bit "abnormal".

Comment by Plinius on December 5, 2014 at 1:04am

I don't mind the glasses - I have glasses with prisms to prevent one of my eyes going stargazing all the time, but what I'd hate to pass on is the chronic tiredness and the stress disorder. I'm glad I never had children.

But you two have serious eye problems! It must be difficult for you to read and write on the pc.

Comment by sk8eycat on December 4, 2014 at 10:04pm

I hear you...I was told I had "baby" cataracts about 10 years ago.  That's the last time I had an eye exam, so I don't know where I stand now, but I'm slowly loosing my sight...

Medicareless doesn't pay for ordinary eye exams...unless you have obvious diabetic damage, cataracts, or glaucoma.  Everyone else can just squint and suffer.  The US gov't really doesn't give a shit.....

Same thing for dental problems.

 

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