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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 Randall Smith on August 12, 2014 at 7:38am

So many comedians have suffered with depression. It's sorta like the "jolly fat person" persona--a form of compensation. I always thought Williams was trying too hard to be funny. He's at peace now.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 11, 2014 at 10:56pm

Felaine, that is funny.

Very sad about Robin Williams. There have been quite a few people who could cheer others up with their humour but suffered in private.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 11, 2014 at 7:55pm

It is really sad about Robin Williams. Such a talent!

Comment by Pat on August 11, 2014 at 6:30pm

Funnier than hell, Felaine.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 11, 2014 at 6:28pm

Joan, for years I was a regular riser between 4:30 and 5:30 AM.  I loved my early morning routine.  Some how I've gotten away from that schedule and have been up quite late for the last couple of years.  I'd like to get back to the early morning schedule.

Brent, glad to hear you're OK.  What a tragedy!  For those black boys who are still alive after not shooting each other, it seems we are shooting those who are left. 

This is such a huge social problem that will take a generation or more to solve.  The black on black gun crime here in Chicago is so out of control.  There are so many pieces of the puzzle which need to come together to fix this.  Between Saturday night and Sunday morning alone there was one person shot to death and 10 wounded.  This is a pretty standard weekend in Chicago.  There are gun deaths and people wounded throughout the week as well, just not as many.  Holiday weekends are worse, as are warm weather days.  There's a reason Chicago now has the nickname "Chiraq," 

Comment by Brent Feeney on August 11, 2014 at 6:21pm

BREAKING NEWS: Actor Robin Williams dead aged 63. Suicide suspected in death. From Yahoo News: https://celebrity.yahoo.com/news/robin-williams-dies-suspected-suic...

Comment by sk8eycat on August 11, 2014 at 6:01pm

Actually, I think it's a PREYing mantis, NOT Praying....but it's funny, anyway:

Actually, I'm an Atheist

Comment by Brent Feeney on August 11, 2014 at 5:16pm

I'm sure you've been hearing about the shooting death of a teen and some subsequent rioting and looting in Ferguson, MO, near St. Louis.

Wanted everyone to know I'm fine; I'm currently east and south of where teh rioting is; Ferguson is a northern St. Louis County suburb of St. Louis (the city and county are separate entities and have been since 1876).

Comment by Steph S. on August 11, 2014 at 4:48pm

Love the comic you posted Joan.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 11, 2014 at 4:14pm

I've been going to bed right after dinner, exhausted and content. I wake up about 4 AM, have my breakfast and do a few chores and then go outside until the heat drives me in. 

 

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