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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 Ian Mason on June 9, 2013 at 2:41pm

Lilie, you were on holiday, he was trying to scratch a living. 

A quote a remember from someones memoirs. A townie, he was fascinated by the fact that someone he met had been a ploughman with a horse-drawn plough. He asked what it was like. The ploughman replied: "how would you like to spend 10 hours a day looking at two bloody great horses' arses?"

Comment by Lillie on June 9, 2013 at 1:55pm

When I was exploring the Greek mountains many years ago, we had to move off the path to let a goat herd move through.  The shepherd looked at us as if we were from Mars.  I am sure we had a greater appreciation of his landscape than he did.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 9, 2013 at 12:58pm

To those who seem to think that Ronald Wilson Reagan wouldn't make it in today's republican party, Bill Maher has a bi-syllabic rebuttal: BULLSHIT!


Comment by Ian Mason on June 9, 2013 at 12:30pm

Felaine, that second pic looks like a good place to park pushbikes.

Comment by Ian Mason on June 9, 2013 at 12:27pm

The majority of tourists are now Russians/Ukrainians. They descend on the breakfast buffet like locusts, eating everything before others can get a turn, and like ants, carrying off as much food as possible with them. Their favoured destinations? The fur shops, some of which are open 24 hours a day. Or the churches and monasteries for long bouts of genuflection and icon kissing. And they even expect other tourists to speak Russian.

Comment by Ian Mason on June 9, 2013 at 12:20pm

Rugged beauty:

Comment by Ian Mason on June 9, 2013 at 12:17pm

Natural beauty:

Comment by Ian Mason on June 9, 2013 at 12:15pm

Crete is about 80% mountains with a few fertile plains, plateaus and basins. From what I was told these areas are suffering the worst of the crisis. Incomes were previously too low to be taxed but the tax threshold has been lowered. "From him that hath not shal be taken even the little he hath"

Comment by Ian Mason on June 9, 2013 at 12:09pm

Crete, later. Invaded by Greeks, Byzans, Venice, the Ottomans. who left their marks: Venitian harbour and Turkish mosque, Chania.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 9, 2013 at 12:08pm

Ian, what beautiful photos!  Wonderful, rich history and artwork. 

 

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