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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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 11, 2014 at 8:06pm

I like your Mother’s Day plan, booklover.

Napoleon, I don’t enjoy S&M, so I’d have found that missed ending less than fun. S&M is compatible with the personality portrayed, though. But it would have been a twist to not have the whole thing be a rant. Oh well, each to his own. You and I often have different tastes, but I still think you add so much to HWF. The world would be uber boring if everybody was like me.

I’m not a mother either, and  happy just to have cats. It never occurred to me to celebrate not-motherhood.

Joan, I’m just an ordinary old woman. If I were really that insightful, wouldn’t I have publications or something? Everything I’ve ever submitted was rejected, excepting at the most trivial level.  You are a very forgiving audience. Thanks.

Comment by k.h. ky on May 11, 2014 at 2:50pm
And... Happy mothers day.
Comment by k.h. ky on May 11, 2014 at 2:48pm
Oops, didn't see where you had already found it.
Comment by k.h. ky on May 11, 2014 at 2:46pm
Joan, a peep or my peeps in slang is 'my people'.
I'm not sure if that's the meaning your were looking for.
Comment by k.h. ky on May 11, 2014 at 2:44pm
Thanks all. I too was, and am, lousy at math.
I think that's why I'm so proud of her.
Comment by sk8eycat on May 11, 2014 at 1:40pm

Whoops!  It's "The Temple of the Innersprings."  I goofed.

The song is on Barker's CD, "Friendly Neighborhood Atheist."

(I love to listen to him play the piano...something I could never learn to do.)

Comment by sk8eycat on May 11, 2014 at 1:30pm

"Church of the Innerspriings" is a line from one of Dan Barker's songs, "Sunday Morning Blues"

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Comment by Joan Denoo on May 11, 2014 at 12:09pm

Ian, "Fear has two meanings" states what I believe. There are times to run and I have done that. Nothing else seemed to work. After running, fear grabbed me by the collar and told me to get busy. Plant that garden, get that job even if it was minimum wage, get more education, raise my kids to be moral and ethical human beings with love for themselves and for diversity. Oh! it was quite a ride. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 11, 2014 at 12:03pm

Carl, I like your orange man picking himself up. I am reposting. 

Randall, you take beautiful photos. What kind of camera do you use? This sunrise shot amazes me, with the rock bridge and realizing it as a phenomenon of nature fills me with awe. 

"Church of the Innersprings", Felaine, you do have a special way with words! 

Comment by Ian Mason on May 11, 2014 at 11:32am

Something I picked up on FB.

 

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