Reason Rally/American Atheists Conference [Index Post]

A one-woman campaign to put your philosophical cards on the table

The weekend of March 24th 2012, a disputed number of thousands of people gathered in DC for the Reason Rally — a pro-secular extravaganza on the National Mall.  Many of us stuck around through the weekend to attend the American Atheists National Conference.  The posts collected below were inspired by events at one or both of these events.

  1. Now You See Me, Now I… What? — Ok, technically A Week (the come out as atheist on facebook week) occurred before the Reason Rally, but the problem of what atheist activism should look like comes up a lot in the subsequent posts.
  2. Snapshots from the Reason Rally — Exactly what it sounds like.
  3. Though This Be Contempt, Yet There is Method in it –Speakers at the Rally (especially Dawkins and Minchin) caught flack in the press for being ‘offensive’ and ‘aggressive.’  It’s a mistake for the press to represent these action as mere spleen, not tactics, but I have misgivings about their usefulness.
  4. Evangelicals Pitching Skepticism? — Street preachers thronged the Rally to try to convert atheists, and I was really surprised by one of their pitches.
  5. Sin isn’t Newtonian — Part two of debating evangelical street preachers: If there is a wound, there must be a way to heal it, they tell me.  I think this is fallacious reasoning, whether applied to sin or medicine.
  6. Fixing My Fights — I get a much needed lesson in humility when I meet some of my online sparring partners in person.
  7. Reason Rally Wrap Up — A few quick thoughts to close out the series, including the future of the secular movement and regretting what I wish for.

About Leah Libresco

Leah Anthony Libresco graduated from Yale in 2011. She works as an Editorial Assistant at The American Conservative by day, and by night writes for Patheos about theology, philosophy, and math at www.patheos.com/blogs/unequallyyoked. She was received into the Catholic Church in November 2012."

  • Bradley

    I believe it was in March.

    • leahlibresco

      Thanks for the catch. I was led astray by the fact that it took me until April to write it up.

  • Daniel A. Duran

    Leah, will you attend the Thomistic Circles Symposium on Creation and Modern Science on Saturday, April 14? there will some fairly big names attending like Edward Feser and William E. Carroll.

    I don’t know if I will attend, all Thomists get on my nerves sooner or later and I might be busy working this Saturday. Since the lecture is about science and religion you might enjoy it, though.

    Here’s some info on the lecture: http://www.dhs.edu/SiteContent/File/Thomistic%20Circles%20Flyer%20April%202012.pdf

    • leahlibresco

      Yup, I’m going.

      • http://moralmindfield.wordpress.com Brian Green

        Make sure you introduce yourself to Fr. Nicanor Austriaco! He’s an MIT PhD in microbiology, a brilliant speaker, and a really nice guy. Tells great stories. I can email him so that he knows to look out for you, if you like.

        • leahlibresco

          I would love an introduction, thank you so much, Brian!

      • Charles

        Now thats an event , if I had heard about it earlier, I would be going to! I can’t wait for your report.


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