Reviews of my Lecture at NYC
Here are some of the reviews I have received from some of the 40 or so wonderful people who attended my lecture in New York City yesterday afternoon.
From LorMarie (a Christian):
In addition to church, I attended a lecture by Rook Hawkins of the Rational Response Squad. His presentation focused on how OT texts created the “character called Jesus.” I of course do not agree with his assertion but I have to admit one thing. He’s well read, serious, and dedicated to his cause. I was impressed.
From Harry at the NYCA Meetup Site:
The speaker's thesis is not highly original, but I think he has contributed to the scholarship on the subject. We'll just have to see what the peer reviewers say.
From Jane Everhart:
Big crowd, nice people. The talk by Rook Hawkins of Philly's Rational Response Squad was informative & deeply researched. It was surprising to see that this young man, one of Atheism's "Bad Boys," turned out to be a nice, respectable, well-informed, gracious young man who was accompanied by his Dad. Viva the Nice Bad Boys!
From Serge Ledan at the NYCA Meetup Site:
The young speaker seemed to know his topic but could not limit the scope of his presentation and tried to present too much with the limited time at his diposal. As a result what could have been a more focussed and pointed attack on the Bible became verbose, diffuse, and redundant. Having said that, I must admit that his presentation was scholarly. Too much perhaps for the time available. Having to pack too much information in a limited time, he also was forced to talk too fast ( which did not help clarity ).
From Kenneth Bronstein:
ROOK WAS TERRIFIC VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE
From Martin of the NYCA:
I liked your talk at NYCA Sunday. It was one of the most scholarly talks we've had.
I have to say I was very pleased with the reception of my lecture. Although I probably did speak quickly, I also handed out packets with a lot of information, including a page worth of books for further reading and some charts with information on them, I found the NYCA to be a very interactive group who were not only attentive and insightful, but pleasant and fun to talk to. It was a great experience to speak there. Even with the large group of ignorant haters who spent their wasted lives trying to sabotage the event like a bunch of immature high-school kids, it went off smashingly with no pitfalls with the exception of the long wait for food (which was perhaps due to the fact that the restaurant opened at 12--the time when we were initially supposed to begin). A video will be posted as soon as I get to it, so those who missed some things will be able to watch it again for details.
Thanks again for all who attended.