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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 Plinius on December 30, 2013 at 12:52am

I love the item about DNA, Ian. But the real fundies among them would die first than admit it.

I always looked at the Noah's Ark story as a blow-up of a local thing. Bronze Age farmers didn't travel very far - so if your small valley flooded and you escaped with the family, the goats and a few chickens on a raft...

Comment by Ian Mason on December 30, 2013 at 12:25am

Looks like a good book, SST. As far as I understand things the Hebrews were nomadic herders who wandered as far as Egypt in times of drought simply because of the Nile river. They must have reached a cultural high point at some time though. The temple is proof of that. Also saw a Nat Geo documentary some years ago that said, r.e. DNA, Israelis and Palestinians are basically the same people.

Comment by sk8eycat on December 29, 2013 at 11:08pm

@Secular School Teacher: I MUST get my paws on that book!  I have read in several different sources that the Israelites were never enslaved by the Egyptians, and that the Exodus never happened. The stories of the plagues are just ridiculous...almost as dumb as Noah's Ark (How did 8 people feed and clean up after all those animals? I asked that question in Sunday school when I was about 6 or 7, and got a hell of a tongue-lashing from the teacher, but she couldn't give me a reasonable answer.)

As far back as the 19th century there were speculations that the whole story was a myth, or propaganda, and that Jericho hadn't even been established at the time that "Joshua (suposedly) fit de battle."

I have also read that the "City" of Nazareth didn't exist until late in the 1st Century, or early in the 2nd Century CE.  Whoever wrote Matthew (I think it was that book) was trying to fit his story to "prophecies" in the OT, and one of them hinted that a hero or messiah would be a "Nazarite," which was some sort of religious sect, not a citizen from a town in Galilee.

The writers of those novelettes were as ignorant as the people who still believe those stories today.  Flat-Earthers.

Comment by Secular School Teacher on December 29, 2013 at 7:23pm

How Archaeology Disproves the four foundational stories of the Bible
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/12/24/1265119/-How-Archaeology-D...

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 29, 2013 at 1:32pm

Patricia, that's wonderful that your neighbors look after you.

I'm opposite of you on temperature.  I can stand the heat more than the cold.  That's why I'm trying to find a way to move south.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 29, 2013 at 1:27pm

Patricia, that's interesting that you got in the paper without knowing it, and not being asked.  From that distance they probably thought no one could recognize you, but I'll bet a lot of people you know would.

 A few years ago, on a slow-news-day sunday, a newspaper photographer caught me riding my recumbent tricycle, but he asked me if he could publish it.  I didn't notice him, and he ran after me to ask me.  Said he had a hard time catching me even though I was going uphill and not pumping hard.  : )

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 29, 2013 at 1:16pm

Mindy, love that image about the truth being worth it.

Comment by Plinius on December 29, 2013 at 3:58am

Your fanclub was hiding somewhere, Patricia! What beautiful surroundings you live in!

And I love the TRUTH-picture, Mindy!

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 28, 2013 at 11:38pm

Patricia, a great scene of beauty and the reality of getting around in a northern winter. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 28, 2013 at 6:42pm

 

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