ACA Bat Cruise 2014: Bigger and Better than Ever!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 27, 2014! This is the date of the 2014 ACA annual Bat Cruise, and we have something special lined up for this year’s cruise, you won’t want to miss.

Details of the event are still being finalized, and more information will be made available in coming weeks. But we are excited to be able to announce we have confirmed both Dr. Richard Carrier and Chris Johnson for the pre-cruise lectures. Each of these speakers comes to the table with a timely, relevant project that impacts the atheist community in different, but important ways:

Dr. Richard Carrier


Richard Carrier, Ph.D., is a philosopher and historian of antiquity, specializing in contemporary philosophy of naturalism and Greco-Roman philosophy, science, and religion, including the origins of Christianity. He blogs regularly and lectures for community groups worldwide. He is the author of Sense and Goodness without God: A Defense of Metaphysical NaturalismProving History: Bayes’s Theorem and the Quest for the Historical JesusWhy I Am Not a Christian: Four Conclusive Reasons to Reject the FaithNot the Impossible Faith: Why Christianity Didn’t Need a Miracle to Succeed, and Hitler Homer Bible Christ: The Historical Papers of Richard Carrier 1995-2013, as well as chapters in several other books and articles in academic journals, and his namesake blog.

Dr. Carrier will be discussing aspects of his new book, On the Historicity of Jesus: Why We Might Have Reason for Doubt (by Sheffield-Phoenix), the first-ever peer reviewed academic book, from a well-respected biblical studies press, systematically challenging the historical existence of Jesus. If the venue allows, there will be Q&A and Carrier will also be selling and signing copies of the book, as well as its essential prequel, Proving History: Bayes’s Theorem and the Quest for the Historical Jesus. To learn more about Richard Carrier and his work (on this and other subjects), visit

Chris Johnson


New York-based photographer, filmmaker, and author Chris Johnson will discuss his book, A Better Life: 100 Atheists Speak Out on Joy & Meaning in a World Without God as well as the upcoming film version. Starting out as one of the highest-grossing publishing projects on Kickstarter, A Better Life highlights the various ways that those who are not religious find joy, meaning, and purpose in life. Chris spent two years traveling the world speaking with, filming, and photographing atheists from all walks of life including: Richard Dawkins, Dan Dennett, Steven Pinker, Penn & Teller, Julia Sweeney, Alex Honnold, Derren Brown, as well as many familiar faces from the Atheist Community of Austin! For more information on the project and to purchase a copy of the book, please visit: Q&A to follow if time permits.

The Bat Cruise

As usual, after the lectures, everyone will be heading out to Capital Cruise Lines near the Hyatt downtown, to embark on the actual cruise, where Johnson and Carrier will join some of the TAE regulars for a fun time with ACA and our guests. Feel free to bring snacks and drinks (including alcoholic beverages), but please be aware that glass containers are prohibited on the boat. The cruise proceeds to the Congress Street Bridge where Austin hosts the world’s largest urban bat colony—1.5 million Mexican free tailed bats strong! Guests will observe the nightly emergence of the colony as they fly off to feed upon 10,000 to 20,000 pounds of insects.

When the cruise is complete, while there are no official plans for the evening, it’s not unusual for guests to head down to Austin’s own Esther’s Follies or the famous Sixth Street District for fun and more socializing.

Push, pull or drag yourself to Austin to attend the 2014 ACA Bat Cruise. It’s an event you won’t want to miss!


  1. Paul Wright says

    Sounds like fun, but I’m stuck here in the UK. Quite amazing that the bats eat 10 to 20 thousand pounds of insects in one night. That’s a lot of bat poop right there !

  2. says

    Yes, it is. But these are pretty small bats. A lot of people bring an umbrella to the event. I think *most* people get pooped on at some point–but it’s barely feels like a rain drop in a very slight drizzle, and it’s nothing you can even see, it’s so minor. I guess it sounds gross, but it doesn’t really even bother me…although I suppose it should?

  3. says

    There will be soon! But it’s not quite sorted out yet. Hopefully after our next board meeting for ACA in early July. 🙂