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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 July 10, 2013 at 11:40am

No idea, Chris. I just know that I love his work, from The Star Beast to Stranger in a Strange Land to Time Enough for Love and even works like Starship Troopers, which is a lot harder to take and process because of the philosophy being put forward.

You may like Robert Heinlein or you may hate him, but it's hard to be indifferent about his work, because he will make you THINK, he will make you evaluate what you think and why. For that reason and many others, he has earned the moniker: Dean of Science-Fiction.

Comment by Plinius on July 10, 2013 at 11:27am

Let's guess, Loren; a xtian in the committee?

Comment by Loren Miller on July 10, 2013 at 9:54am

Said it before, will say it again: Job should have been Heinlein's fifth Hugo Award winner ... and I would like to know why it wasn't.

Comment by Plinius on July 10, 2013 at 9:40am

not just about him, Melinda. Heinlein's books are very enjoyable. I couldn't stop laughing when I read ´Job´.

Comment by sk8eycat on July 9, 2013 at 9:33pm

Mindy, Robert Heinlein is (still) a hero not only to Science Fiction fans but to people who are passionate about space exploration, any science field, and clear thinking.  There's some overlap in those fields.  He was a true gentleman and a scholar. I once sent him a fan letter (it wasn't very "fannish"), and I was astonished that he answered it himself.  I stayed in touch via his wife, Ginny, for the rest of his life, and then when I got a computer with a modem, I exchanged cat and skating gossip with her till a few months before she died.  I loved them as much as I loved my own parents...and learned a lot from both of them.

Loren: That is SO true!  I've been reading comments about that 777 crash in San Francisco, and a LOT of dummies were writing that what a "miracle" it is that "only" 2 passengers died. I finally got fed up and wrote that the families and friends of those 2 young women probably don't think it was a miracle.

Patricia: I'm relieved that you finally learned something, but I think somebody should have had the manners to answer your e-mails a lot sooner....knowing how concerned you were and everything.  :>/

Flying A: Hmmmmm... when I'm feeling super-lazy (in hot weather) I'm inclined not to wear anything.  An UGLY sight!

KTHXBAI I'm gonna go check the pool!  We finally found a service company that does a decent job...almost impossible anymore.

Comment by Ian Mason on July 9, 2013 at 9:29pm

Great posts all round. Love the dogs, Mindy.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 9, 2013 at 8:36pm

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 9, 2013 at 2:35pm

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 9, 2013 at 2:34pm

Yes, Patricia, I'm also glad you finally got some news.  I hope the health issue is not too serious. 

Comment by Plinius on July 9, 2013 at 1:00am

I'm glad you got news about your friend, Patricia.

 

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