Thoughts About the Reason Rally, Conversations in the Midst of Un-reason
by Rob Lundberg
The Reason Rally was promoted by new atheists such as Richard Dawkins and David Silverman as “the largest gathering of the secular movement in world history.” One section of the Reason Rally website stated the following:
The Reason Rally is a movement-wide event sponsored by the country’s major secular organizations. The intent is to unify, energize, and embolden secular people nationwide, while dispelling the negative opinions held by so much of American society and having a d^#! good time doing it! . . . It will be the largest secular event in world history.
For those of us attending the Reason Rally as part of a coalition of apologists with True Reason.Org and Ratio Christi, it was a successful and incredible experience of outreach to those who deny the existence of God and those who hate an accountability to any absolute moral framework.
One of the privileges of this event for me is that I have maintained correspondence with one self-professed atheist who does not agree with the new popular atheism, calling it in an email, “the neo-positivist atheism promoted by Richard Dawkins.” This is interesting and accurate to say the least.
Once we arrived and settled in, and the introductions were completed, it was “into the front lines” we go. I was joined up with “Dale,” a brother who holds a great passion for cosmology and the physical sciences as a whole. What we had is one member of the team possessing a passion for logic, philosophy, theology and epistemology. The other has the same with much strength (vocationally) in the arena of the science. What a tag team combination! I am grateful to have had Dale for a “fishing buddy." I learned a lot of science in one afternoon. One of the ministry blessings is being able to work off of and with one another very well…
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