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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 September 11, 2014 at 7:02pm

Carl, I like your statement, "All I can do is to realistically take one day at a time and to meet each challenge with logical thinking and actions.  To me, the biggest peace of mind comes from knowing what is real and acting accordingly.  I also know I have a wonderful network of family and friends to rely on."

From personal health problems to national disasters such as this day in history calls for the same kind of wisdom as you evoke. 

Comment by Ian Mason on September 11, 2014 at 3:13pm

Felaine, I've heard an idea somewhere that we remember bad things better because evolution meant us to learn from mistakes, back in the era when making a mistake could lead to being eaten by something big and hungry. Unfortunately the same process doesn't seem to work in a social context: one stupid war follows another with far too people protesting. I agree with you, though that there is too little celebration of acheivement. Here's a link to something that does.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIMNXogXnvE

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 11, 2014 at 3:11pm

Although 9/11 greatly affected me personally, I've never had the desire to attend a public memorial service.  When I've been to New York City, I've never had the desire to take the subway downtown just to visit "ground zero."  I will never forget what happened that day, but I like to do my grieving in private and move on.  What the future may hold seems more important because it appears, to me, to be more fragile than ever before.  I want to strive to make the world a better place for all humanity.    

Comment by k.h. ky on September 11, 2014 at 2:51pm
@sk8yecat, I believe we remember the bad more vividly because it's always so unexpected.
@Carl the glass half full/half empty always puzzled me. All I ever see is half a glass. I could never figure it out. Then I had a chance to asked a psychiatrist about it after a lecture one night . She said a person who only sees half a glass is non judgemental.
Comment by sk8eycat on September 11, 2014 at 2:22pm

What IS it about humanity that we memorialize disasters/attacks, but not the GOOD things?  Very few Americans understand the significance of 7-20-1969, for one thing...

I'm thoroughly sick of being reminded of the faith-based mess that was caused by 19 nobodies on Sept. 11, 2001....  We have made those religious fanatics immortal by remembering their treachery.  Just what their nitwit boss wanted. 

We memorialize Dec. 7th...when Pearl Harbor was attacked, NOT the day the official surrender was signed.

November 11 was changed from Armistice Day to Remember Maimed/Dead Veterans Day.

What is the MATTER with us?

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 11, 2014 at 1:46pm

Carl, I hope your upswing continues!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 11, 2014 at 1:45pm

The Sam Harris quote is what I wish everyone would take to heart. I remember Bill Maher got into big trouble for saying they weren't cowards.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 11, 2014 at 1:42pm

It's hard to believe that thirteen years have already passed since the attack of September 11, 2001.  So much has changed since then.  It seems like lifetimes ago but at the same time, for me, the horrible events and raw emotions from that day still linger and can bring me to tears.  I didn't know anyone personally who died on that day, but it was my co-workers from my company who were the first to be murdered on 9/11.  Flight attendants had their throats slashed so that the hijackers could gain access to the flight deck.  There hasn't been one singe day in the past thirteen years that I haven't thought about what happened that day.  It totally changed my life and my career. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 11, 2014 at 1:37pm

I like that quote Ian.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 11, 2014 at 1:32pm

Ian, actually I haven't started dialysis yet.  I don't know when it will start but right now I'm stable enough to hold off.  In fact, this past week I seem to be in a period of having an upswing of energy whereas before I was constantly tired and lethargic.  I just had some blood drawn yesterday and will know the results this coming Monday.  I've been told there will be periods of ebb and flow regarding my kidney function.   

 

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