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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 Chris on February 7, 2017 at 9:45pm

From the U.S. National Holocaust Museum.Early Warning Signs of Fascism.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 7, 2017 at 9:43pm

I saw that too, There was a comment somewhere recently that it was supposed to be a warning, not an instruction manual. Ol' George Orwell saw this coming.

Comment by k.h. ky on February 7, 2017 at 9:34pm
George Orwell's 1984 is having another big run too.
Comment by Chris on February 7, 2017 at 8:30pm

Malcolm Gladwell wrote some interesting books.  "Blink, the Power of Thinking With out Thinking" has a couple of interesting chapters about police shootings. "The Tipping Point" is another of his books about society.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 7, 2017 at 7:28pm

I'm quoting a friend:

I read in the StarTrib today that sales of Sinclair Lewis's 1935 novel, "It Can't Happen Here" are up 1100% since November! Amazon sold out in December, and the publisher ordered another run of 45,000. May I recommend this book to you? Lewis predicted our future with uncanny accuracy, right down to the smallest detail. You can get the ebook for free from the link below. I remember reading it as a lad of seventeen and thinking the premise totally unbelievable. Well! But now I have a suggestion for a promo to run on the front cover of it:
"Make 'It Can't Happen Here" fiction again.

[Feedbooks]

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 7, 2017 at 7:16pm

I agree with you, Thomas. While history is what we've done filtered through the lenses of the victors, literature is what we think we've learned from what we've done. Ignoring the canon of English lit, a couple of my favorite novels are Earthly Powers by Anthony Burgess and Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Berniers. Illuminatus by Robert Anton Wilson is quite a hoot too.

Comment by k.h. ky on February 7, 2017 at 6:48pm
My all time favorite is still probably To Kill A Mockingbird. For atheist reading Sam Harris tops the list. His book Letter to a Christian Nation is wonderfully written. Dan Barker, Darwin of course. To many others to recall right now.
Comment by Thomas Murray on February 7, 2017 at 5:41pm

Hi Everybody,

I like reading and watching documentaries. I do not have a long list favorites and the books I pick to read are from doing researching the authors background and a college degree on the givin subject is a plus. On top of that, the authors own history is and can be just as interesting as the book she/he wrote.

I read anything and almost everything.

I personally believe that literature should be taught at beginning  elementary school level. Literature can and does expand young minds into world views, not the narrow religious view so many have learned. I even go so far to encourage my sons to read once banned books and have discussions about them and why they were banned.

So without further ado, my questions is...

Who is/are your favorite authors?, or What person or people you have read about that inspired you? What are the list of titled books your cherish?

Comment by Randall Smith on February 6, 2017 at 7:08am

That was some good football game (Super Bowl) last night. Most everybody in Indiana dislikes New England--the Colts rival--so Atlanta losing was tough to take. But, it's just a game. I did enjoy many commercials, a feature of the event. I even tolerated the half-time show. I must admit, Lady Gaga is talented.

Comment by k.h. ky on February 4, 2017 at 10:53am
Randall, we're about 45 minutes from hopkinsville. Less than that as the crow flies. The time difference on totality will be a matter of about ten seconds according to a science website I looked at a year or so ago. I'm lookin forward to it.
 

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