The Circle of Reason
|Formation||Jan 1, 2000Minneapolis, MN, U.S.|
|Purpose/focus||Promote pluralistic rationalism; discourage ad hominem invective|
|Exec. Director||Dr. Frank Burton|
The Circle of Reason, noted by The Pluralism Project at Harvard as a "promising practice," is a Twin Cities, Minnesota-based international society of theists, atheists, conservatives and liberals who espouse the social philosophy of "pluralistic rationalism," which the society describes as "communal commitment to the basic methodological tenets of a reasoning lifestyle (reality's acceptance, assumption's denial, and emotion's mastery) without regard to our theological, ethical, or political worldviews." According to the society, pluralistic rationalism (also called methodological rationalism and "plurationalism") is practiced through encouraging "reasoning thinking, behavior and communication in all people irrespective of their disparate beliefs, backgrounds, and current ideological or tribal affiliations," and through discouraging "denials of reality, unquestioned assumptions (potentially false realities), and emotive arguments or actions (dissociation from reality)," including discouraging "ad hominem insults" (asserted to be an immoral form of argumentation for "seeking to persuade by evoking emotionality.")
Practices of the pluralistic rationalist society have included organizing the theist+atheist "Secular Bible Study" for reasoning dialogues on the historical context, societal impact and cultural relevance of the Bible and religion, and "Ancient Greek Peripatetic"-style nature walks combined with "transcultural, transbelief reasoning dialogue" on current social issues; organizing and moderating "Assumptions on the [MN Same-Sex] Marriage Amendment: A Reasoning Forum" for theists, atheists, conservatives & liberals; defending a catholic legislator shunned by his archdiocese for refusing to defund reproductive health clinics; and presenting an address on pluralistic (methodological) rationalism, "Be Sane — Be VERY Sane!" to the "Rally to Restore Sanity Minnesota" at the State Capitol.
- Al Gore
- The Assault on Reason
- Chris Stedman
- National Endowment for the Humanities' Civility Tour
- Pope Francis
- Rally to Restore Sanity
- Second Inaugural Address of President Barack Obama
- "Promising Practice: Finding Common Ground Through Difference," Harvard Pluralism Project. Retrieved November 02, 2012.
- "Secular Bible Study / Circle of Reason" (Media & Interview), Harvard Pluralism Project. Retrieved June 03, 2013.
- "America's Interfaith Infrastructure: Twin Cities," Harvard Pluralism Project. Retrieved June 03, 2013.
- "A New Religious Landscape: Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN," On Common Ground: New Religions in America, Harvard Pluralism Project, Editors, 2013. Retrieved November 06, 2013.
- The Circle of Reason. Retrieved November 02, 2012.
- Cirkel van Rede. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
- "Secular Bible Study casts wide net," Star Tribune, February 20, 2009. Retrieved November 02, 2012.
- "Assumptions on the Marriage Amendment: A Reasoning Forum," Conference Panelist-Speaker Roster, September 20, 2012. Retrieved November 02, 2012.
- "With talk of tolerance and equality, one group is still forgotten: atheists," MinnPost, December 11, 2012. Retrieved June 03, 2013.
- "Abortion Politics Trump Social Justice at Catholic School," RH Reality Check, February 11, 2009. Retrieved June 03, 2013.
- "The Twin Cities' response to the Rally to Restore Sanity" (Speaker Roster, & First Minneapolis Circle of Reason Address Title), Examiner.com, October 29, 2010. Retrieved June 03, 2013.
- First Minneapolis Circle of Reason Address (Transcript), "Be Sane — Be VERY Sane!", Rally to Restore Sanity Minnesota, Minnesota State Capitol Rotunda, October 30, 2010. Retrieved November 02, 2012.
- The Circle of Reason
- Monash Interfaith Gathering
- Interfaith Youth Core
- NEH Civility Tour
- Rally to Restore Sanity
- The Funniest Signs From The Rally To Restore Sanity And/Or Fear! (PHOTOS)
- The Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania
- The Pluralism Project at Harvard University