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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 Loren Miller on June 2, 2014 at 5:26pm

Whoa, someone else who didn't love Lucy?!?  EEEEEEK!!!

Comment by sk8eycat on June 2, 2014 at 5:20pm

James, "D'oh" is the way Homer Simpson pronounces his exclamation.  It doesn't necessarily mean, "Duh, I (or you) did something stupid."  He uses it constantly for everything.  Pain, surprise, shock...

My Aspie sister watches "The Simpsons" reruns every effing night, and I have to go into my room, shut the door, and put on a soothing CD.  It's all about Homer yelling about something... always. 

Nobody ever understood why I hated "Lucy" and "the Honeymooners" back in the '50s....same reason.  People yelling at each other over everything. 

Comment by James M. Martin on June 2, 2014 at 1:58pm

Minor cavil with the Simpsons illo, Flying Atheist. Whatever happened to the "old" spelling: Duh! When a mentally challenged person says something obvious, we say, "Duh!" ("D'oh" is not only awkwardly spelled, its pronunciation sound like mention of a play putty or what you roll out to make a pie shell.)

Comment by sk8eycat on June 2, 2014 at 10:26am

Not just climate-change deniers...climate and ecological change are what drive evolution...

Comment by Loren Miller on June 2, 2014 at 7:31am

Carl, your quote reminded me of the last words of the liner notes on the first Eric Whitacre CD I ever got:

The effect is often like the one the great Mozart described upon hearing Johann Sebastian Bach's incredible motet, Singet dem Herrn: "it was as if my entire soul was in my ear."

So maybe souls don't exist ... but there is a lot of music out there which can stir us to our core, and I find the choral work of Eric Whitacre, the composer of "A Boy and a Girl," to be emphatically in that set.

Comment by Randall Smith on June 2, 2014 at 7:27am

Since I hardly ever watch FOX, I keep forgetting to tune in Cosmos. Homer says it all.

Comment by Plinius on June 2, 2014 at 12:04am

Beautiful Loren! I'll be very sorry to lose music when my hearing gets worse, but there are years left..

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 1, 2014 at 11:49pm

I fell asleep and didn't wake up until 8:30......half way through Cosmos.  So rather than watch just the second half, I'll watch the whole intact episode tomorrow on my laptop. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 1, 2014 at 11:41pm

That is so beautiful Loren.  Thanks for posting.

I will repeat a quote that I made up myself just a few months ago:

"If there is an entity in existence that truly is the human soul, it's music and art."  --Me (The Flying Atheist)

Comment by Loren Miller on June 1, 2014 at 10:07pm

Just listened to the following ... and as many times as I've heard this piece, I don't know as I've ever been so moved.  Honestly if you don't leak at least a little hearing this ... well, I don't know about you!  [grin!]

 

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