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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 6, 2014 at 1:29pm

I'm way ahead of you, Carl.  Gave up haggis years ago ... along with Brussels sprouts.  :-P~~~~~

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 6, 2014 at 1:02pm

I'm making the extreme sacrifice for Lent.  I'm giving up haggis. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 6, 2014 at 1:00pm

I do "get" Napoleon.  He's using shock value to make valid points about the insanity of world in which we live.  And he's correct. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 6, 2014 at 12:13pm

Self-censorship, Napoleon? Is this supposed to be irony?

Comment by sk8eycat on March 6, 2014 at 9:43am

Hunh?

Comment by sk8eycat on March 5, 2014 at 11:17pm

A Catholic co-worker always said he was giving up "tuna melts" (which he hated) for Lent.

I still don't understand the reasoning of giving things up for Jeebus...it would make more sense (to me) to eat more to "help" him, if he were fasting. 

Are they supposed to still observe all this crap in Heaving? Go through the old rituals and stuff... eat human flesh, and drink blond, re-enact the crucifiction?  Even when I was still a believer, the idea of an eternity praising something for a life I never asked for seemed utterly borrrrring!

PS: As many others have pointed out, there's a helluva lot of ritual bloodletting in the buybull.  How barbaric!

Comment by Loren Miller on March 5, 2014 at 9:23pm

It's an old saw, but I like it -  that I gave up giving things up for Lent.  Works for me.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 5, 2014 at 9:15pm

Well, here it is 9:00 PM in the evening and I only just found out now that today is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent.  Now how did I miss that!

Comment by sk8eycat on March 5, 2014 at 1:37pm

Ruth, Thank Bjo. She's miles and miles smarter/more educated than I am.  (Her family was very close to Robert and Virginia Heinlein when she was a child & teen, and the Heinleins studied everything!  Soaked learning up like thirsty sponges, and never forgot anything.)

I did know that slavery was becoming declasse' in England at that time, so the Greek word for "slave" (doulos  σκλάβος) in the NT was substituted with "servant"(υπάλληλος) throughout. Jeebus had no problems with people owning other people.
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As for the photo...blame Benetton.  I tried to find out WTF they thought they were doing when they used that (Pulitzer-winning) photo as part of an ad that was supposed to promote tolerance, but all I found was PR blah-blah.

Eddie Adams' photo was a turning point in the public's opposition to the Viet Nam War...it was published in LIFE Magazine, and brought home to many complacent couch potatoes that here was nothing "heroic" about the mess.... that our young people were being killed and maimed for no sane reason at all.  The monument wall in DC is one of the most moving things I've ever seen.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 5, 2014 at 11:22am

Napoleon, what's the point of posting that execution photo with sound? It comes across to me as gratuitous violence.

I never knew that King James turned down the first  seven translations because he didn't like what they said. Thanks for the info. sk8eycat.

 

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