A Friday night debate about the existence of God at the first ever ReasonFest failed to solve any colossal theological questions, said organizer Joey Ralph.
But the debate, which kicked off a series of talks and presentations on atheism, achieved its goal of stirring conversation and inquiry.
More than 600 people attended, maxing out Woodruff Auditorium’s seating capacity.
“We actually joked after the debate that next time we should do it until one side admits they’re wrong,” said Ralph, a member of the Society of Open-Minded Atheists & Agnostics, or SOMA, which sponsored ReasonFest.
A series of speakers took the stage Saturday at Woodruff in the Kansas Union to discuss a wide variety of topics related to atheism, such as sexuality, naturalism and paranormal investigations into Biblical miracles. Saturday evening ReasonFest wrapped up at Wilde’s Chateau 24, 2412 Iowa, with proceeds from the $2 entry fee benefiting the Douglas County AIDS Project.
Conrad Hudson, founder of ReasonFest and a SOMA member, said the two-day event was designed to expose people to new ideas.
“Hopefully it’s challenging and enlightening,” he said.
While many of the ReasonFest attendees held firm atheistic views, Ralph said they also wanted to reach those questioning their faith and thirsting for more information.
“They want to see what the other side has to say,” he said.