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Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud 10 minutes ago. 3 Replies

Am I so old and not know the definition of aphrodisiac, and its historical definition being based on Aphrodite, that her name came from the African drugs that Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used for sexual enhancement? Dhu!  Aphrodite, ancient Greek…Continue

Tags: Africa, Lady, Victorian

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

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Comment by Loren Miller on June 9, 2014 at 9:34pm

And now for something completely different: Brits mocking religion:

Comment by Loren Miller on June 9, 2014 at 8:58pm

Joan, those who want to dig have probably already done that digging and KNOW.  Those who haven't or won't dig would probably accuse the first group of "persecuting christians" like a bunch of whiny third-graders and instantly go into denial.

The facts remain the facts.  The problem remains who is willing to acknowledge them.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 9, 2014 at 8:43pm

Cosmos, Season 1 Episode 13, Tyson describes the destruction of the Library of Alexandria, Egypt, as a "mob" destroyed the library. He doesn't mention who burned the library and killed Hypatia, the head of the library.

"A mob of Christians gathered, led by a reader (i.e., a minor cleric) named Peter, whom Scholasticus calls a fanatic. They kidnapped Hypatia on her way home and took her to the 'Church called Caesareum. They then completely stripped her, and then murdered her with tiles.' Socrates Scholasticus was hence interpreted as saying that, while she was still alive, Hypatia's flesh was torn off using oyster shells (tiles; the Greek word is ostrakois, which literally means 'oystershells' but the word was also used for brick tiles on the roofs of houses and for pottery sherds). Afterward, the men proceeded to mutilate her and, finally, burn her limbs. News of Hypatia's murder provoked great public denouncement, not only against Cyril, but against the whole Alexandrian Christian community. Scholasticus closes with a lament: 'Surely nothing can be farther from the spirit of Christianity than the allowance of massacres, fights, and transactions of that sort.'"

~  Socrates Scholasticus: The Murder of Hypatia (late 4th Cent.)

Saint Cyril of Alexandria, the christian theologian and bishop, argued for the relation of the divine and human within Jesus Christ; he emphasized the unity of the two in one person.

Saint Cyril of Alexandria

I am interested that Tyson did not name the mob as being the christians of the community. I guess he left it to those of us who are interested in history to reveal who the real culprits were. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 9, 2014 at 8:15pm

And now for something completely different.......

Comment by sk8eycat on June 9, 2014 at 12:16am

The little bit that I got to hear (the very end) was a recap of Carl Sagan's philosophy that we alone are responsible for the fate of our Pale Blue Dot in space.

Finest kind.

Comment by Ian Mason on June 8, 2014 at 11:45pm

Sorry, Joan: no magic cure, just stretch and rest plus some well-deserved calories.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 8, 2014 at 10:25pm

I was in the garden at 7:00 AM, came inside at 7:00 PM, with a nice lunch and two hour nap during the heat of the day. Pure joy. Slowly, the Garden of Weeds is becoming the Garden of Eatin'! 

Carl, loved the kitty commercial! Has your visitor remained for a lengthy visit?

Ian, do you have a quick remedy for muscle pain? I can use some magic elixir today, as well.

WHAT! COSMOS IS OVER?!!! I could watch those programs forever. In fact, I do watch and rewatch them to pick up little details that add to my library of rebuttal for creationism. I will see it tomorrow. Last week, it was late Monday before it became available on my computer.

I am anxious to see if there is going to be a spike in people thinking climate change, caused by humans, is a fact  

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 8, 2014 at 10:10pm

Thanks for the commercial, Flying Atheist. It's good to know that curtains of invisibility work to hide from Vacoom.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 8, 2014 at 10:00pm

Mindy, I wasn't able to watch COSMOS tonight so I'll view it on my laptop tomorrow.  In the meantime, don't tell me how it ends.  I want to be surprised just in case it turns out that God "did it."

Comment by Ian Mason on June 8, 2014 at 8:34pm

Glad you  had a good day, Mindy. I've no idea what Philppine food is like.

Sweet cat and kitten, Carl. I wonder if cats are a  more effective selling ploy than sex?

Good to hear that you're enjoying your garden and wildlife, Joan.

Sunday was a pleasant day for me: a local ½ marathon followed by eating with my daughter and her bloke. Enjoyed both very much even though my middle-aged legs are complaining now. Happy holiday weekend to all.

 

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