Aron Ra

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Aron Ra
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Aron Ra speaking at De Vrije Gedachte in Utrecht, Netherlands in 2015[1]
Born
L. Aron Nelson[2]

(1962-10-15) October 15, 1962 (age 56)
ResidenceGarland, Texas
NationalityAmerican
OccupationPublic speaker, video producer, vlogger, podcaster
OrganizationAtheist Alliance of America
Known forAnti-theist activism, evolution education
Spouse(s)Lilandra Ra (2009–present)

Aron Ra[3] (born L. Aron Nelson, October 15, 1962) is an atheist activist and the host of the Ra-Men Podcast.[4][5][6] He formerly served as president of the Atheist Alliance of America[7][8] and as director of the Texas state chapter of American Atheists.[4]

Early life[edit]

Aron Ra was born in Kingman, Arizona, and baptized as a Mormon. Despite his religious upbringing, he claims to have been a skeptic from a young age.[9]

He studied paleontology at the University of Texas at Dallas.[10][11]

Career[edit]

A vocal critic of theism and creationism and an advocate for the inclusion of evolution in science curricula,[10][12][13][14] Ra produces YouTube videos on the topics of skepticism, free thought, and atheism. Among the video series he has released are "Foundational Falsehoods of Creationism,"[15] "Refuting the Irrefutable Proof of God,"[16] and "How Aron Ra Disproves Noah's Flood".[17]

He has engaged in live debates with creationists, including Ray Comfort and Kent Hovind,[18] and presented at skepticism conferences in Great Britain and Europe.[19][1][9][20] As a member of the Unholy Trinity, he toured the United States and Australia with fellow atheist activists Seth Andrews of The Thinking Atheist and Matt Dillahunty of The Atheist Experience.[21][22] [23]

He appeared in the documentary films My Week in Atheism, directed by John Christy,[24][25] and Batman & Jesus, directed by Jozef K. Richards.[26] He published his first book, Foundational Falsehoods of Creationism, in 2016.[27][28]

Political candidacy[edit]

In March 2017, Ra resigned from his position as president of the Atheist Alliance of America to run for Texas State Senate against Republican incumbent Bob Hall.[8][29][30] The first Democratic candidate to run for the Distinct 2 seat since 2002,[31] he eventually dropped out of the race after failing to secure the Democratic Party endorsement.[32]

Books[edit]

Ra, Aron (2016). Foundational Falsehoods of Creationism. Durham, North Carolina: Pitchstone Publishing. ISBN 978-1-63431-078-9.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b de Vries, Hans (May 2015). "AronRa: "Religie is het kostuum dat je draagt"". De Vrijdenker (in Dutch). 46 (5): 17.
  2. ^ thinkatheist.com
  3. ^ Lilandra Ra (February 8, 2017). "Did you know that I am a famous Lilandra?". Patheos. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "The Ra-Men Podcast". Retrieved August 4, 2016.
  5. ^ Richter, Kathryn (April 19, 2012). "A Night of Reason: Society presents guest speaker". Daily Eastern News. Retrieved October 22, 2015.
  6. ^ Anna Merlan (December 6, 2012). "THE RISE OF THE TEXAS ATHEIST". Texas Observer.
  7. ^ Brown, C.W. (March 14, 2017). "Aron Ra Resigns as President of Atheist Alliance of America, Focuses on State Senate Run". Philosophical Atheism.
  8. ^ a b Ra, Aron (March 11, 2017). "I am Resigned to Run for State Senate". Patheos.
  9. ^ a b van Elst, René (June 2015). "Aron Ra, een Amerikaanse atheïst in Utrecht". De Vrijdenker (in Dutch). 46 (6): 10–12.
  10. ^ a b "Evolution debate experiences resurgence in Texas". April 13, 2005. Students should be critical of all scientific theories," said L. Aron Nelson, a paleontology student from Dallas with an extensive knowledge of evolutionary evidence. "You have to be, or it isn't science. But the theory of evolution is actually better-supported than the current theory of gravity, and children shouldn't be misled to be doubtful of the best-supported theories we have.
  11. ^ "The Aron Ra Interview • The Thinker". The Thinker. 2016-10-24. Retrieved 2018-11-06.
  12. ^ "Who's Who Among the State Board of Education Hearing". Texas Monthly. September 18, 2015. Aron Ra is a prominent opponent of the teaching of creationism. The 27 videos in his YouTube series, "Foundational Falsehoods of Creationism," have combined for more than four million views on the site. He also serves as the Texas director of the American Atheists
  13. ^ "Live-Blogging the Texas Science Textbook Hearing (2013)". Texas Freedom Network. September 17, 2013. Now the board hears from science defender (and YouTube sensation) Aron Ra, who attempts a 2-minute science lesson. No questions from the class.
  14. ^ Eugenie Scott (September 18, 2013). "There They Go Again (Of Necessity)". National Center for Science Education.
  15. ^ AronRa (2007-11-11), 1st Foundational Falsehood of Creationism, retrieved 2018-11-06
  16. ^ AronRa (2015-12-10), Refuting the Irrefutable Proof of God - part I, retrieved 2018-11-06
  17. ^ AronRa (2017-05-25), How Zoology Disproves Noahs Flood, retrieved 2018-11-06
  18. ^ "AronRa - RationalWiki". rationalwiki.org. Retrieved 2018-11-06.
  19. ^ "Panel: Every Cloud-based Video Service has a Silver Lining". Lanyrd. Retrieved 5 November 2015.
  20. ^ "AronRa på puben – OBS! Nytt sted!". Heyevent. Skepsis Norge. 8 May 2015. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  21. ^ "The Unholy Trinity Tour - United CoR". United CoR. Retrieved 2018-11-06.
  22. ^ "The Unholy Trinity Tour visits WTAMU". The Prairie. West Texas A&M University. March 25, 2014.
  23. ^ "Unholy Trinity Tour Australia". Unholy Trinity Down Under website. Retrieved October 2, 2014.
  24. ^ Korb, Melanie (February 20, 2014), "Christian, Atheist Display Complicated Friendship in New Documentary", Charisma
  25. ^ Anugrah Kumar (February 18, 2014), "Christian Filmmaker, Atheist Activist Release Their New Film 'My Week in Atheism'", The Christian Post
  26. ^ Batman & Jesus (2017), retrieved 2017-02-06
  27. ^ Hemant Mehta (November 29, 2016). "Aron Ra's New Book Tackles the Foundational Falsehoods of Creationism". Patheos. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  28. ^ Sanya Mansoor (April 18, 2017). "Texas education board nears compromise on evolution standards". Herald Democrat. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  29. ^ RA. "I am Resigned to Run for State Senate". www.patheos.com. Retrieved 2017-08-26.
  30. ^ "About". Aron Ra. Retrieved 2017-08-26.
  31. ^ "Aron Ra Resigns as President of Atheist Alliance of America | News". Atheist Alliance of America. 2017-03-14. Retrieved 2018-05-28.
  32. ^ RA (2017-11-18). "Ending My State Senate Run". RA. Retrieved 2018-03-15.

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