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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 Grinning Cat on March 28, 2014 at 10:13pm

While looking for something else, I found Ian Mason's comment a year ago recommending a few books.

I'll heartily second the one for Phillip Pullman's book "The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ". In this retelling, Mary has twins, Jesus, who teaches, comforts, and does good works, and Christ, who's more intent on starting a powerful institution than on recording the truth.

As Ian described it: "One of a series where established authors are commissioned to re-tell various myths. Pullman describes his book as being about 'how a story becomes a story', the distorting jump from a few simple events to a told account of them that spreads and spreads."

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 28, 2014 at 8:56pm

Napoleon, you have done it again. Just when you redeem yourself in my eyes, you invite me to look at those photos of two newborns and the video, "Viking Trance - Transfuseit" I could only tolerate if for about 10 seconds. I can't image watching for 7+ minutes. 

Comment by Steph S. on March 28, 2014 at 8:42am

I had to take that cat pic Booklover- I love it

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 27, 2014 at 9:50pm

Really good news about your daughter, Mindy. Sounds like she is on her way! Happy for you, as well. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 27, 2014 at 5:26pm

Very heavy rain and hail coming down how. Windy, wet, and cold. No gardening today, except inside. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 27, 2014 at 5:15pm

Oh Loren, you are so patient. I have a really hard time reading fiction. I read how much you enjoy it and recognize it gives ideas in ways that don't come across in the professional literature. However, I read a page, paragraph, chapter, and it is just so much blah, blah, blah. I am half way through and I will finish because that is my style. I do appreciate everyone's encouragement to get out of my closet and open up to new and different ways to enjoying life. 

I must say, This spring is especially welcome, even tough it is so crazy, unnatural. And we had that terrible landslide over on the coast with so many people still buried in the mud. The bodies come out, one by one. This morning they found the baby. The slide was compounded by recent earthquakes, very heavy rain, a deforested slope that has not grown back to hold the slope from caving. 

The way I read all this, we have used the Earth as if it is a slave to be bent to our will, and Mother Nature just does her thing, caring not one iota whether we survive or not. 

Comment by Loren Miller on March 27, 2014 at 4:54pm

Thanks for the references, Joan.  As it happens, I've been intermittently rereading Double Star over the last month or so, and I'm maybe a third of the way into it.

While I think of it, have you finished Stranger and if so, what did you think of it?

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 27, 2014 at 4:53pm

Comment by Ian Mason on March 27, 2014 at 3:44pm

Thanks for your support and kind thoughts everyone.

That's great for your daughter, Mindy. Hope she enjoys herself.

As Schulz saw it:

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 27, 2014 at 3:27pm

Great news concerning your daughter, Melinda.  It's so important to do what you love. 

 

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