March 29th was Good Friday, and it was no coincidence that Lawrence Krauss, author of “A Universe from Nothing” and Director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University, chose the date as the test screening of the feature film documentary The Unbelievers, starring Krauss andRichard Dawkins, author of “The God Delusion” and founder of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Art and Science.
The sold-out, 3,000 seat, Gammage Memorial Auditorium at the ASU campus, concentrated a distillation of militant skeptics from the area. As we drove to the event, Good Friday “festivities” were in full force across Tempe. From my car window, I saw a young man drag a life-size wooden cross with surprising ease and at a good pace, while engaging in lively conversation with two friends (perhaps named Peter and John?). Closer examination revealed a pair of training wheels at the foot of the cross. On the other side of the road, another young man vociferated salvation through a loudspeaker.
Inside the Gammage, the atmosphere was equally celebratory of ungodliness. A quick introduction by Krauss launched the film, which followed Krauss and Dawkins through lectures, debates and book signings across the globe, battling religion and making an unequivocally strong stand for atheism, skepticism, and critical thinking.