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Richmond Reason and Naturalism Association

The Richmond Reason and Naturalism Association was founded by a handful of people who all shared the same common interests and beliefs about naturalistic worldviews on November 12, 2003. Eric Dobbs took the lead in organizing the meet-up group and was soon joined by Kathy Eades, who became his assistant. From the start, the Richmond Reason and Naturalism Association has been open to accepting people who consider themselves to be agnostic, skeptic, atheist, free thinking, and even Buddhist. The association’s website explains how “Brights,” as they sometimes refer to themselves live their naturalistic worldview. The group likes to explain that “Simply put, naturalism states that nothing supernatural exists.” The Richmond Reason and Naturalism Association is an open inviting group that welcomes others who have experimented with or are open to naturalistic views.

The Richmond Reason and Naturalism Association gets together at restaurants, community centers all around Richmond. They also make other outings, such as to Colonial downs for the horse races. The members meet roughly twice a month, once for discussion and once for dinner and discussion. Discussion topics can range from “The Enlightenment” to “This is a Free Country, Not a Christian Nation.” Group members sometimes take trips together, such as to the Robert Ingersoll Oratory Contest or to hear evolutionary biologist author Richard Dawkins.

As time has gone by, the Richmond Reason and Naturalism Association has grown by word of mouth. There are nearly 200 members in the group with an active turnout that can vary from ten to twenty people at a given meet-up. Members are predominantly over forty years of age, with some young adults and college students as well.

Richmond Reason and Naturalism Association
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Richmond Reason and Naturalism Association website

John Graves
October, 2009

 


 

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