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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 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. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 27, 2014 at 3:22pm

Ian, welcome back home.  Sorry to hear about your family health issues.  The situation you describe must be very difficult for you.  I do have to say, at least you are balancing the tough times by treating yourself to the beauty of the Fine Arts.  Good for you!!

Mindy, that quartet of young ladies is outstanding.  They appear to be college age, I suspect.  They really nailed everything.  Not a bad note in the the whole performance and awesome energy. 

Folks, I admit I am a Starbucks connoisseur.  I buy their beans (Kenya blend) to make here at home.  When traveling, I'll pass by Dunkin' Donuts and McDonald's (horrible coffee) to wait in line at Starbucks.  I drink my coffee black, and I like the rich, bold flavor.  I can't stand week coffee. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 27, 2014 at 3:21pm

Good to hear your daughter is happier doing what she likes where she likes, and being closer to you.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 27, 2014 at 11:31am

Thanks Mindy, WOW!  the Girls Quartet is fantastic!  Watched them 4 times this morning and they bring tears to my eyes every time.

I love a cappella barbershop harmonizing, and these gals are right up there with the best I've heard.  The 60s songs are an added bonus.

I started watching them last evening, but was tired and quit a third of the way through.  My hearing is not the best.  I don't hear all the high notes anymore, and the ones I do hear quickly become grating on my nerves if they don't have enough low notes to go with them.  That was my main problem last night.  That echoing room emphasizes the high notes, and being tired, I couldn't take it. 

Last night, I even thought I heard some bad notes, but not this morning.  They sound perfect now. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 27, 2014 at 12:33am

“If Satan should ever replace God he would find it necessary to assume the attributes of Divinity.” 
― Robert A. HeinleinDouble Star

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 27, 2014 at 12:32am

“A slave cannot be freed, save he do it himself. Nor can you enslave a free man; the very most you can do is kill him!” 
― Robert A. HeinleinDouble Star

A restatement of Heinlein's thought: 

A woman cannot be freed, save she do it herself. Nar can you enslave a free woman; the very most you can do is kill her! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 27, 2014 at 12:30am

“Take sides! Always take sides! You will sometimes be wrong — but the man who refuses to take sides must always be wrong.”

~  Robert A. Heinlein

Robert A. Heinlein, Double Star

 

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