Tuesday, March 20, 2012

True Reason and the Reason Rally

If you haven't realised yet the reason for the title of my blog...this might just convince you.

Many of you may have heard of the Reason Rally being held by a group of athiests (led by Richard Dawkins) this weekend in Washington D.C. The rally is being promoted as "the largest gathering of the secular movement in world history." So...what exactly is the reason rally?

According to their website, the Reason Rally is
(I apologise for the slight bit of language in this...)

"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 damn good time doing it! It will be the
largest secular event in world history. There will be music, comedy, great
speakers, and lots of fun… and it’s free!Sign language interpreters will be
available for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Also, there will be a
viewing area on the Mall designated for people in wheelchairs.The Reason Rally
is being produced and run by the Reason Rally Coalition, a 501(c)(3)
organization whose board consist of all the sponsoring organizations. There are
two levels of sponsorship, the higher of which (8 organizations) will share
equally in any profits generated by the event. In other words, your support
benefits the movement on the whole, as well as the organizations that
contributed the most to this free event."

This looks like it's going to be interesting, doesn't it? A group of people getting together to promote reason sounds like something really beneficial for our country, where people are growing more and more ignorant and illogical. However...these people haven't been the most reasonable in recent years.

My dad is one of the most interesting people I know. An apologist, speaker, writer, blogger, and strategist, he works with Campus Crusade for Christ/Cru, and Chuck Colson's Breakpoint ministry. His blog, Thinking Christian, has allowed him to have conversations with many athiests over the past few years, and he has spoken with some who are much more reasonable than others. When he found out about the Reason Rally, he had the idea that someone should write a book about reason, showing that Christians are just as reasonable as athiests. He prayed about it, and the Lord led him to work to collaborate on the book with some of the most prominent Christian apologists working today. The book was published on ebook recently, and has actually at some points gotten to the top of the Amazon Kindle list of books on atheism.

Anyway, please be praying. My dad is going to the Reason Rally this weekend, and there are a lot of people who don' t want him there. Some may even try to get him arrested, though his attendance would be completely legal. People are being unreasonable about the fact that people who disagree with them are going to be there. My dad and the people he is going with will be taking water bottles to give to the Reason Rally attendees. Some people online are saying that they "better check for the safety seal," implying that we as Christians might try to poison them. Unreasonable? Yeah.

Check out the book, True Reason, and pray for our family and my dad, as well as the other Christians attending the Reason Rally. Most of all - pray for the atheists who will be there, because they are blind to God's love for them.

Lisa

3 comments:

  1. Your dad sounds really cool... and I'm saying that as an athiest. ;) I really hope things go okay for him.

    Hopefully he would find me to be one of the more reasonable ones? =P

    What many people (everyone, that is, among both theists and atheists) seem to overlook is that the undesirable qualities they each see in the other groups:
    -hatred
    -faulty logic
    -pride
    -disrespect
    -stubbornness, lack of empathy, of having an open mind, etc...
    News flash: these are human traits. Not atheist traits. Not theist traits, be it Muslim, Christian, or something else. Any group of people contains jerks, your own group included. And hey, there's always room to be even more respectful and understanding, even if you already think you're "loads better than the other guys." Haha sorry for the rant, but that's my 2 cent addition. =)

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    1. I totally agree with you. One of the reasons I love my dad so much is because he's taught me to learn about what I'm discussing before I get angry, and to try to be respectful and understanding in everything. I have some good friends who are athiests, and we have had some interesting conversations, and usually they have been fairly reasonable. In my opinion, discussions about things make life a lot more interesting.
      A lot of the things I mentioned in the post are people who are being unreasonable, but Christians can be unreasonable as well, and athiests can be reasonable. Case in point - Westboro Baptist. Need I say more? They're unreasonable, hateful, stubborn, and I disagree with many of the things I've heard them protesting. They take things way too far, and they are way too radical.
      Different groups have different traits, though, and my dad is going because Christians have been called unreasonable a lot in recent years, and he wants to be there to show that Christians can be reasonable.
      And ranting is perfectly okay!

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