Atheists are doing some awesome things on college campuses in Kansas.
I’ve spent the past two weekends there. The first was at Kansas State University where I spoke to a large gathering of Christians and atheists. This past weekend, I was at the University of Kansas, where the Society of Open Minded Atheists and Agnostics put on ReasonFest — a student-run conference where attendees could come for free to hear speakers like Dan Barker and Darrel Ray.
Now, Air Capital Skeptics (SkeptICT) at Wichita State University are holding their own conference on the day that some Christians believe Jesus is coming back: It’s called Rapture Day. And if you can find a way to attend, you’ll want to go.
It’s free — though they ask that you pre-register so they can get a headcount — and the speakers include: Blair Scott (Communications Director for American Atheists), Dr. Darrel W. Ray (author of The God Virus), author/philosopher Richard Carrier, JT Eberhard (high school campus organizer for the Secular Student Alliance), and several others.
At ReasonFest, a debate on God’s existence drew in over 600 people. I’d love to see the crowd in Wichita top that.
It’s always tough for a student group to get even one speaker to come to their school, much less several at one time. It takes a lot of dedication to get money from the university, take care of all the logistics, spread word about what they’re doing, etc. The fact that the folks at Wichita State are putting together a freaking conference is simply amazing. I hope these student-run events just get bigger over time.