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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 October 1, 2014 at 7:55pm

Happy October!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 1, 2014 at 11:53am

The Hong Kong video I posted was removed.  Here it is from another source.  Hopefully this one won't also disappear.

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 1, 2014 at 11:30am

Bodily fluids include: 

During WW II, I and 2 or 3 other families sent us to live with our grandparents while the men were off building airfields in foreign lands and the women worked at Kaiser Aluminum. Grandma Whitehead had lots of work to do to feed and care for us. She emphasized cleanliness and insisted we wash our hands before touching food or coming to dinner. She taught us how to sneeze and cough into our elbows. We had a bunch of old rags that we would use to wipe our noses and then throw the rags into the wood burning stove in the kitchen. She boiled our underwear on the stove. During the summertime, sweat ran out of her hair, down her face, down her back and under her arms. 

My uncles, her sons, made fun of her for being so meticulous, as if she were doing something foolish. 

Well, her training prevented a lot of infections and upsets that we could have had, thus saving her time, effort, work and care. I am that strict with my grandchildren and great-grandchildren and they give me "lip". Oh! I remember so well, those days, long ago, when the winters were harsh and the house was cold and drafty. We had earaches and tonsilitis and measles and mumps and chicken pox and diphtheria, and polio and scarlet fever and flue and colds.

Remedies were such things as mustard plasters, mentholatum, caster oil, enemas, heads under a towel over boiling water, and quarantine. Those were the good old days. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 1, 2014 at 11:08am

Mindy, I am concerned about Dale, too. A precious friend of yours in trouble. It is just like all good things that come to an end, enjoy the present moment. Dale may enjoy some extra cuddles, or he may not. Whatever, just stay in the moment. What comes will inevitably come. I'm thinking about you and Dale. I know a lot of people can read the pain in your messages. We're here for you. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 1, 2014 at 11:08am

Amazing drone and camera footage of the protest in Hong Kong.  I worry for these people.  Political and social protests never end well when China is involved.   

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 1, 2014 at 10:59am

Mindy, sorry to be a bother, but I didn't get the message you sent 1 hour ago, the one right after the "One of the bodily fluids" comment. You always have such interesting comments or cartoons and I don't want to miss even one. 
I have the same problem with not getting Ruth's messages from time to time. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 1, 2014 at 10:56am

The "news" is misnamed. It should be called the "advertisements". I don't read or watch commercial news. The best ones, at least as far as I am concerned, are The Real News, Common DreamsNews, Views, and Tools for Progressives.

Yes, I know, these are all Progressive news sites and I do read the other views to keep up to date. But I want to see the progressive side of issues, not the conservative Republican or the traditional Democratic side. I want a vision of the world that looks at ways to participate in a flourishing economic, political and (and here is where I need that new word) "spiritual" life of our nation. 

The options for a new word include: numinous (Loren's idea), transcendent, free of the material world, (would that be immaterial, or disembodied, or ....?)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 1, 2014 at 10:08am

That's cute, Mindy.  lol

Comment by Randall Smith on October 1, 2014 at 7:50am

Let me get this straight. We now have one confirmed case of Ebola in the U.S. It's only contagious through bodily fluid contact. The public is assured that there's nothing to be concerned about. YET, it's the number one news item of the day in all the media sources! No reason to panic, they say, but we're getting the message "the sky is falling". Little wonder I'm such a "news cynic".

Comment by Plinius on October 1, 2014 at 5:58am

 I hope production of a vaccination soon starts. 

I hope so too, Ian! But I'm afraid the money grabbers will stop all that because of patents, and will drown us in legalese instead of helping people. I expect nothing good - but I still hope.

 

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