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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 Joan Denoo on November 19, 2013 at 10:28pm

Patricia, I should have written, "a moth-catcher-cat"

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 19, 2013 at 9:04pm

Patricia, great photos! The huge bear and Charmin ... perfect match!

A mother-catcher-cat, that makes great sense! and is funny. 

This little squirrel isn't up to catching anything, except the cat food bowl. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 19, 2013 at 8:59pm

The lovely young woman in my Avatar is my just turned 21 year old granddaughter, Laurie, who participated with me as part of my Cancer Cure Team. She was a real brick through everything. When I was overwhelmed, she was there. When I was afraid, she held me close. When I cried, she wiped away my tears. She gave me the most wonderful gift any one can give, her smile and jokes. She made me laugh. 

The event  was my graduation from those dreadful chemo cocktails. I had another graduation ceremony when I finished radiation. 

Dr. Fairbank, radiologist, saw me today for the last time, unless I want to come for a visit. All healing occurs as expected, a little more external healing and much to heal inside. Very little pain now and it, too, will end. 

I had a meeting with him and his staff to thank them all for their very wonderful care and compassion. Mike, the primary technician, apologized profusely for the ordeal he claimed to have put me through, and I assured him he is part of my Cancer Cure team. 

ROBERT K. FAIRBANKS, MD, Radiation Oncologist, Cancer Care Northwest 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 19, 2013 at 8:38pm

Hi, Steph.  You pop in and out of here so quickly.  I hope you're doing well.  You always sound so busy! 

Yes, it's hard to believe that Thanksgiving is almost here.  This has been an odd year for me.  I feel as though I've missed out on both the Summer and Fall seasons without being able to fully enjoy all the associated activities.  I've either been working or at home being a hermit.

Comment by Steph S. on November 19, 2013 at 8:27pm

Comment by Steph S. on November 19, 2013 at 8:22pm

Wow - what great posts today - cool video Flying Atheist.

Patricia and Booklover - those had me laughing. Very funny.

Good video Tony -interesting and Joan - good quote. Can you believe next week is Thanksgiving?

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 19, 2013 at 8:20pm
Carl, that walk is a killer. Why would be brave enough to build it ... and without reinforcing bars. The one fellow wore a strap that hooked onto the wire, however those five or six steps on a steel bar with crumbling concrete doesn't give me any confidence. Also, concrete against native stone, with normal cold/hot variation would break concrete all to smithereens.
The vehicle in India is another thing altogether. A road bed could slip out under the weight at any moment, especially where water is involved. If I were a passenger, I would prefer to walk.
Why go there? I don't like the taste or feel of adrenaline.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 19, 2013 at 7:55pm

Ruth, that van ride in India is outrageous.  I think I would go into cardiac arrest from anxiety.  It reminds me of this video footage of the famous El Camino del Rey walking trail in Spain. 

Mindy, it's a good thing I don't live within walking distance of a Target.  I'd own half the store.  The closest one to me is two short bus rides away.  And without a car, I have to limit my purchases to what I can carry.  That's probably a good thing!  

Dear sweet Joan, glad to hear you're doing well.  I like your new profile picture.  Who is that with you and what are you holding up?  You always have a beaming, wonderful smile. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 19, 2013 at 6:27pm

Tony, outrageous, imbecilic, ridiculous, asinine, absurd, and so funny, I can't stop laughing at those crazy people. 

Ruth, that road, river, and terror were as my repeating nightmares I had in 1974, only the brakes gave out on my car and I was trying to make all the curves and dodge all the rockfalls and possible plunges. My river below was a raging torrent. I would wake up crying and in absolute terror. Then I saw the first frame, my stomach churned in recognition of a familiar sight. 

At the time, I didn't realize I had to leave my marriage, my family, my church community and my religion if I were to have freedom. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 19, 2013 at 2:22pm

Hi, All. Here's a little bus ride in India you might enjoy.

Cute LOLcat, Steph. My cat Trissa produces piles that big, but she's never resentful.

LOL, Tony that didn't sound like any llama I've seen.

 

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