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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 Daniel W on December 21, 2016 at 7:58pm

QM, that's what Ning said too.  Interesting, now he says the other measuring tool was bad, and his laser tool showed it will work fine.  We contracted through Costco, I think they don't like if someone complains about their contractors.

Comment by Daniel W on December 21, 2016 at 7:28pm

Carl those are incredible!

A brief rant, then back to normal programming.  :-)  Our 55 year old garage door needed replacing, something I can't do.  We contracted with a big box store.  You have to stay home all day because they can't give exact time.  They cancelled the first day due to snow - not that bad but I said OK. They no showed the 2nd.  Today he show up at 5pm, did some measurements, says the track they brought wont fit.  I don't remember the last time I cussed someone out, maybe never.  I did this time, with about every cuss word I know,  told him they would be there in the am with the right track, regardless of whether they have to cancel someone else.  If it's not installed and working properly by end of morning tomorrow, I would file a complaint at the store, demand money back, and get someone else.  He's installing it in the dark now...  I don't know about the track being the wrong measurement... 

OK, end of rant.  Back to regularly scheduled festivities :-)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 21, 2016 at 6:22pm

Year 2016 seems to have had an overabundant amount of bad and tragic news.  Now, more than ever, it seems we need to take a deep breath and enjoy some of the simple and wonderful pleasures that are often overlooked.

Here's an article with lots of photos of what has become a yearly tradition at the Chicago Botanic Garden:  miniature trains running alongside landmark/iconic Chicago buildings made from all natural materials.   

Photos: Stunning Miniature Chicago Landmarks Shine At Botanic Garden

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 21, 2016 at 12:18pm

No problems here with AN freezing up.

Comment by Daniel W on December 21, 2016 at 11:57am

Today is the traditional Chinese Solstice Holiday, Dōngzhi I have a feeling there will be dumplings tonight.  Yum.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 21, 2016 at 10:38am

Greetings of the Solstice Season one and all!

Randy, I haven't had any problems with A|N freezing up.

Comment by Daniel W on December 21, 2016 at 10:12am

Happy Solstice!  Im ready for longer warmer days already!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 21, 2016 at 9:47am

Happy solstice all. The real reason for the season as they say. The return of the light = cause to celebrate.

Comment by Plinius on December 21, 2016 at 8:49am

Happy Solstice! The sun and the sky are invisible here, thick grey clouds obscure everything, but I've finished my lessons for this year and I've got a holiday!

Comment by Randall Smith on December 21, 2016 at 8:40am

Happy Winter Solstice everyone! Like a yoyo at the bottom of its drop, it'll take awhile before the sun begins to move higher in the sky. But, rest assured, it will. Patience is required.

On an unrelated note, is anybody else having trouble with A/N "freezing up"? I frequently have to close out the site and return later. Maybe it's my dinosaur of a computer.

 

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