Posted on Feb 20, 2012 by Tom Gilson
They’re billing it as “the largest gathering of the secular movement in world history:” the Reason Rally, in Washington D.C. on March 24. They’ve lined up Richard Dawkins as their headline speaker, but he’s just one of many atheist stars this show will highlight.
In the meantime I’ve joined up with a handful of Christian thinkers and leaders planning to bring Christians to the Reason Rally for the purpose of sharing quiet conversations with Reason Rally attendees, offering bottles of water to the thirsty, and letting them know of a new book that will take an extended look at atheism, Christianity, and reason.
(You’ll hear more about that book–an exciting project, really–around March 10.)
New Atheism and Reason
It’s fascinating to me how the New Atheists have chosen reason as their main brand image. It’s clear that they have. Sam Harris (who appears not to be on the schedule) is the co-founder and CEO of Project Reason. Dawkins heads the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science. The atheistic Center for Inquiry’s mission is to “foster a secular society based on science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values.”
Over the next several weeks we’ll have opportunity to look at how well that fits the New Atheist reality, and whether they have chosen wisely in taking that name up as their brand. I have my doubts about it.
Join Us There
Anyway, I’m inviting you to come join us at the rally. You can obtain information and sign up at the new True Reason website. We’d love to have you with us!
Please notice that we are not planning this as a counter-demonstration, but rather as a quiet presence. We don’t think there will be any need to raise our voices, and we have no desire to disrupt their program or proceedings. We want to share a few things with those who want to talk, and we won’t press ourselves upon anyone else.
See also these other bloggers’ posts on the Reason Rally and TrueReason.org: