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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 on Wednesday. 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 The Flying Atheist on April 6, 2014 at 3:04pm

Yes, sk8eycat, and those women were denied entrance to the meeting (surprise, surprise.)

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/06/us-usa-mormon-women-idUSB...

All people, women and men, need to quit these back-assed organizations.  I just don't understand the allure, other than the non-religious social aspect of it. 

Comment by sk8eycat on April 6, 2014 at 2:55pm

There's some kind of big semi-annual meeting in SLC this weekend, and one aspect puzzles the hell out of me.  a group of Moron women are agitating to be admitted to the all-male priesthood.  WHY?

Why do women want to have anything to do with any organization that has kept them in perpetual childhood, and as property for more than 2000 years?  There are female rabbis, ministers, evangelists, everything but Craplick and Moron priests (the worst offenders), and women want to join both those priesthoods.   I just don't get it.

If they feel they must worship that old fiend and his crazy "son," why don't they just start an all-women church, and bar men from the leadership?

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 6, 2014 at 2:39pm

Yes, "JERK" seems like the best explanation.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 6, 2014 at 12:15pm

Felaine, I'll be watching! 

Comment by sk8eycat on April 6, 2014 at 12:07pm

Just for fun: Total Lunar Eclipse next week:
http://www.skyandtelescope.com/community/skyblog/observingblog/Apri...

Clear skies, everyone!

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 6, 2014 at 12:00pm

Returning from atheism to moronism is like the old fallacy, "No True Scotsman". 

My hunch, he got cold feet. Happily before any legal entanglement occurred. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 6, 2014 at 11:48am

Spud, the way I see it, people don't come to atheism through some kind of epiphany.  It's via an intellectually honest and well-reasoned process.  Either that Mormon kid wasn't an atheist like he said he was, or he is an atheist but is being pressured by family to conform.

The third option is that he is an atheist but is having second thoughts about getting married and moving to Arizona with this girl.  Claiming now that he's religious may be his cowardly way of slithering out of the situation.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 6, 2014 at 11:20am

Wow Mindy.  First atheist to go back to religion that I know of.  

It could never happen to me.  Mormonism has hundreds of things, any one of which proves it false.  Lots of people obviously have a different kind of brain than I have.

Comment by Plinius on April 6, 2014 at 1:43am

What a boyfriend - to to turn religious and flee! Good riddance!

We're still working in brother-in-law's house, sorting the usable things from rubbish and packing. It takes a long time, but we have our limitations and cannot work more than three or four hours in one day - and of course we have some other things to do on weekdays. b-i-l is still in revalidation but will move to a care home sometime in summer.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 5, 2014 at 11:12pm

Wow, that's terrible about your daughters friend, but you are so right.  Better to find out now than later.  She's still young.  There's lots more bacteria in the pond.

 

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