Responding to the Reason Rally

Anthony Weber —  March 24, 2012 — 1 Comment
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Assuming the weather held up, the Reason Rally took place today. (Read more about the rally here, and an organized Christian response here.)  There are a lot of  people commenting about this event; as you might expect when the atheism/theism debate takes center stage on a national level, there is a lot to say.  From the conclusion of a post called “Logic and the Art of Reason Rallies”:
“My point is not to contrast irrational atheism with rational faith.  There are plenty of irrational people of faith, unfortunately, which is one reason I teach a logic class at a Christian school.  I merely intend to point out that no one owns the domain of rationality.  We can all be involved whether we claim faith or not.
Perhaps we could cover much more ground if we could agree that people from a huge range of worldviews have the ability to think rationally.  At the most basic level of reasonable discourse, we ask if the reasoning of an argument is valid.  
If the answer is “yes” – if conclusions logically follow from premises –  perhaps the debate can move more quickly to the soundness of the different premises contained in worldview systems.  If all parties are brave enough to look at themselves and their arguments honestly – and the ways in which they all think – then we have nothing to fear from a pursuit of the truth.”

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Anthony graduated from Cedarville University in 1995 with a degree in English Education, and from Trinity College of the Bible and Theological Seminary in Newburgh, Indiana in 2004 with a Master's Degree in Theology and Philosophy. Anthony is a husband and father of three, an author ("Learning to Jump Again"), high school and college teacher, pastor, blogger (tcapologetics.org, empiresandmangers.blogspot.com), and co-founder of etcetera, a "street-level philosophy group" in Traverse City, Michigan.
  • Anonymous

    I grew up in “rapture ready” Tulsa in the 1960’s and 1970’s, and I wish I could have joined an atheist group in my teens just to have some sane people to talk to. I’ve met a few people who had the good fortune to grow up as atheists, and to me they seem like characters from some advanced, futuristic civilization out of science fiction.