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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 sk8eycat on May 6, 2014 at 5:20pm

Gah!  The history is amazing, but I think the entire Middle East is the last place on Earth I'd want to be.  I want to see the Canadian Rockies, and Alaska...because I've been fascinated by the Northern Lights since I was a small child.  I wanna see them with my own naked eyeballs.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 6, 2014 at 2:34pm

Wow!  Great photos and interesting history, Ian, always makes for a rewarding holiday. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 6, 2014 at 1:27pm

Views from the top make it clear how tall it is!

Comment by Ian Mason on May 6, 2014 at 1:20pm

Comment by Ian Mason on May 6, 2014 at 1:19pm

That is Masada, king Herod's desert palace and fortress. Site of the mass suicide of the last Jews to hold out against the Romans during the uprising of 66-70 CE. 350 metres high but the "snake path" is a steep and winding (hence the name) 2 km. Hard bloody work and I hadn't allowed for the weather. Even though it was only the 2nd of April the sun was like a hammer. I brushed off flakes of skin for days afterwards. Worth it though. Views from the top:

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 6, 2014 at 12:57pm

That looked like a small hill until I enlarged it and spotted the tiny people.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 6, 2014 at 10:01am

Nice to hear from you, Randy and Carl. Thanks for the travel suggestions. So many places, so little time and money. History, culture and nature are my 3 big things and the Americas have them in abundance so I will have to go west soon before "time's winged chariot" takes my strength and stamina. I love walking but will have to accept that, in about 10 years time I won't be able to do what I can do now. This was my most recent climb (can't remember if I've posted this before)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 6, 2014 at 8:22am

I've been a bit absent from here but I have been keeping up to date with all the comments.  Good day to everyone!

Welcome back, Randy.  Thanks for your volunteer service.  I'm sure the setting was beautiful.  Others there will be able to enjoy their experience even more because of you.  I've always enjoyed hiking myself and love the excitement of finding out what's down the trial.

Patricia, I'm glad your weekend went well without any major flare-ups.  I know you were stressed about it.  At bare minimum, at least it was civil.  Sounds like you ate well too!  Despite what has occurred in your past, at least you have ended up in a good place.  Your husband and son sound like great people. 

Ian, I'm glad you have the opportunity to travel as much as you do.  Even when you are away to take care of family business, you always seem to fit some fun activities into your schedule.  You should definitely visit North America if you can.  Western Canada and the northwest U.S. have abundant beautiful scenery.  Of course, the Grand Canyon is also a highly recommended destination.  For great food in a beautiful urban setting, I recommend San Francisco and Seattle.  Of course Chicago, in the mid-west is a great food town as well and has wonderful architecture, museums and theater.  Washington D.C. has many great museums too.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 6, 2014 at 6:40am

It's nice to be back from my Wilderness Volunteer work week near Moab, Utah. Those arches are spectacular (and I don't mean McDonald's)! We got a lot done (trail maintainance).

Comment by Ian Mason on May 6, 2014 at 2:41am

Joan, that's smashing, by Toutatis! Thank you very much.

 

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