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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 Ian Mason on June 4, 2014 at 3:31pm

Back from a very pleasant few days in England. Enjoyed very much seeing some family and am slightly rounder in the waist thanks to some excellent home cooking. Saw "Titus Andronicus" at The Globe which was good although Anthony Hopkins's version is still the best.

A little pun that might cheer you up:

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 4, 2014 at 12:52pm

Patricia, thanks for that funny.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 4, 2014 at 12:06pm

Hi, Steph.  Are you finished with classes for the semester?  Teaching over the summer?

Joan, enjoy your gardening.  It's a nice day here as well.  The birds are making such a racket!  I guess they have a lot to say today. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 4, 2014 at 11:56am

Good morning everyone! Another beautiful day and after three days of sporadic downpours of rain, the soil should be easy to pull some weeds. I had a big project yesterday of pruning the tall trees and shrubs. Star Pruners do a fantastic job for me. I don't climb ladders, usually, and Cary has a brain injury that leaves his right hand and leg numb; he has no sense of where his foot is and walks with a gate that looks like he is drunk. He is not; he has neurological damage over which he has no control. 

Had a session with the podiatrist yesterday, treating that horrid hangnail of my right foot. It was not infected but hurt like the dickens. He trims my toenails with a heavy duty clipper that can take on the tough, curled nails. I asked if I could do anything more to get my nails back to normal and he said "NO! It is a function of age, chemo, and fungus." I have to learn to live with it. He is a very nice man, born and raised on a wheat farm, so we have lots to discuss while he is clipping away at those claws of mine. 

I read a little bit of A/N mail this morning, and the temperature is rising so I am headed to the garden. It is now 10:00 AM. See you this afternoon. 

Comment by Steph S. on June 4, 2014 at 10:16am

That is such a cute and funny pic Patricia. Thanks for hte happy video Flying Atheist.

So how is everyone? Can you believe it is June? Where has the year gone?

Comment by sk8eycat on June 4, 2014 at 12:56am

I hope the TP-ers don't get hold of that and ruin it the way the GOPers did with "Don't Worry, Be Happy" some years back...

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 4, 2014 at 12:22am

This isn't new.  I'm just throwing this out here for good measure.

For tons of international amateur versions of this, click here.  They are fun to watch.   http://www.wearehappyfrom.com/

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 4, 2014 at 12:19am

LOL  That's funny, Patricia. 

Comment by Plinius on June 3, 2014 at 8:20am

The few times I saw Lucy I hated her. Never saw Honeymooners.

Poor Sk8eycat with your Aspie sister! In my Aspie brother-in-law's apartment I found some sixhundred DVDs and video tapes; all Disneys, Thunderbirds, dozens of old Dutch and Belgian children's series, most of them too horrible to think of. I fear Bart Simpson is a bit too complicated for brother-in-law. I hope your TV breaks down soon - can't be very long when the thing is twenty years old...

Comment by Randall Smith on June 3, 2014 at 7:53am

It never occurred to me that those old comedies had a lot of shouting and yelling. I did hate Archie.  Naturally, it says volumes as to who we are by the shows we prefer.

 

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