Darrel Ray's Blog – October 2009 Archive (9)

The Invention of Lying

I saw The Invention of Lying this weekend and strongly encourage all non-believers to go see it. Ricky Gervais has done a great job of framing some key questions. A friend recommended it and it was halfway though before I understood why she thought I should see it.



Off to speak at UC Berkeley, San Francisco Atheists and UC Davis this next weekend through Tuesday. If you know of anyone in those areas, tell them to come see my presentation. Here a link to my calendar:…



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Added by Darrel Ray on October 28, 2009 at 10:06am — 5 Comments

Scientifc Gospel

We had the most delightful time tonight with Steve and Carol Baird. We spent about half the night talking and half listening to Steve sing Scienfic Gospel. It is a hell of a lot more interesting, entertaining and actually educational than any other kind of gospel music I have heard. I think a lot of people on this site would like his music. It is pretty informative, for example, I learned some things about Gregor Mendel that I had never heard before - and I thought I knew about Mendel. Steve… Continue

Added by Darrel Ray on October 21, 2009 at 10:38pm — No Comments

Party

Having a party on Wednesday at my place for some visiting atheist friends, Steve and Carol Baird. Steve is a great atheist musician with lots of original music - like atheist gospel music. He is performing at the Darwin exhibition in San Diego later this month. If you are a freethinker in the Kansas City area and want to come, let me know.

Added by Darrel Ray on October 19, 2009 at 8:31pm — 4 Comments

Fools for Christ

Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 4:10, says:



"We are fools for Christ's sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we are despised." (KJV).



I wonder why it is that when we nonthesits call religious people fools, they get offended. Paul himself acknowledged that Christians are fools. By openly admitting it, does that negate the fact? I think not. Why is it when a crazy idea is labeled as religious it automatically deserves respect?… Continue

Added by Darrel Ray on October 18, 2009 at 3:56pm — 2 Comments

Controversy

The differences in audiences was very apparent in my presentation in Portland. It was clear from the start that there were a significant number of religious people in the audience as well as a large number of non-religious people. The college students seemed more upset about the characterization of religion as a virus and did not like the humor as much as the CFI attendees. This is the same talk I always give, I made no changes or exceptions for this group, the the write up was quite different… Continue

Added by Darrel Ray on October 18, 2009 at 2:52pm — 1 Comment

Second Printing

The book broke below 1000 this weekend getting as low as 909 on Amazon. Sales are going extremely well so we just initiated a second printing this week. Looks like it will start getting into bookstores in the Dec. - January time frame.

Added by Darrel Ray on October 16, 2009 at 11:31pm — 3 Comments

Portland event

Had a hugely successful event at Reed college tonight. Leslie of the Reed Student Secular Humanists and Kurt of CFI Portland did an incredible job of publicizing the event and 160 people showed up. I was surprised at the number of recovering Catholics and Jews in the audience - or at least the number who spoke about it or mentioned it. It looks like we will get an RR group going in Portand soon. 7 people stayed after the talk to discuss how to get a group started.

Added by Darrel Ray on October 8, 2009 at 1:00am — 2 Comments

Iphone App

I am looking for someone who can give me some ideas of what we might be able to do to get RR out front using things like an iPhone app. If you have those skills or know of someone, let me know. This would be a volunteer thing, a labor of love, if you will.

Added by Darrel Ray on October 4, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Reed College at Portland, OR

Off to Portland this week to speak at Reed College about The God Virus. If you know of anyone in the Portland area, let them know. Here is a link to the Reed College event. You will notice that Richared Dawkins is trying to upstage me by coming to... Portland State on Oct. 10. I think I'll let him slide this time. I will also be letting people know about RR and hoping to get some interest and getting some groups started in the… Continue

Added by Darrel Ray on October 4, 2009 at 10:51am — No Comments

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