‘The Unbelievers’ Chronicles Road Tripping Scientists Promoting Reason

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Two years ago, a pair of scientists set off on a barnstorming tour to save the world from religion, promote science and reason, and sell a few books.

Their adventure is now the subject of “The Unbelievers,” a documentary out just in time for Christmas, opening for a week in Manhattan on Friday.

If you think a road trip with a pair of intellectuals wielding laptops is likely to lack drama, you haven’t been keeping up with the culture wars. A reviewer in The Los Angeles Timescalled it “a high-minded love fest between two deeply committed atheistic intellectuals and their rock-star-like fan base.”

The Bing Crosby and Bob Hope of this road movie — alas, there is no Dorothy Lamour — are Richard Dawkins, an evolutionary biologist, recently retired from the post of professor of public understanding of science at Oxford University, and Lawrence Krauss, a cosmologist at Arizona State University. They are among the most outspoken of the “new atheists”: scientists and other intellectuals who have tired of having sand kicked in their faces by the priests and mullahs of the world. So the scientists are indeed mobbed like rock stars at glamorous sites like the Sydney Opera House. Inside, they sometimes encounter clueless moderators; outside, demonstrators condemning them to hellfire. At one event, a group of male Muslim protesters are confronted by counterprotesters chanting, “Where are your women?” In between, there are airports and taxi rides and endless cups of coffee.

Written By: Dennis Overbye
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6 COMMENTS

    • In reply to #2 by alf1200:

      Gawd! I really dislike the term “unbelievers”. This indicates I or we were all believers and are not now. Does it sound like fingernails on the blackboard to anyone else?

      Dawg! Me too! But perhaps the two on the road were both believers. I’m sure RD was but don’t know about LK.

  1. I’d love to see this movie because I am a huge supporter of Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss but it seems the distribution of this film is only available to an extremely limited audience. I was excited when I heard about it 10 months ago but now I realize that I’ll probably never see it nor will most people simply due to the lack of distribution because I can’t afford to travel across the country to see it and I’m sure that I’m not the only one. Atheism is on the rise and this is the perfect time to spark interest in a broader audience if they were really interested in spreading the message. These men’s views should be heard and shared among the masses but after 10 months of following their website and tweets I’ve given up hope on ever seeing this film. I wish them the best of luck while I continue to try to get more people interested in science and reason on my own.

    • In reply to #5 by dallasjmoore:

      I’d love to see this movie because I am a huge supporter of Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss but it seems the distribution of this film is only available to an extremely limited audience. I was excited when I heard about it 10 months ago but now I realize that I’ll probably never see it nor will…

      Don’t worry, it should be out on DVD from RDF in a few months… would love to see it, too.

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