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Monday, May 21, 2018 Rex and Owen present at First Coast Freethought Society of Jacksonville Florida

Rex here… Owen and I are excited about our presentation next Monday in Jacksonville, Florida!

The FCFS team has placed a radio ad on their local NPR station:

Click here to play NPR radio ad

…as well as a great advertisement in the local newspaper:


We hope to see you all there!

Buckman Bridge Unitarian Church
8447 Manresa Ave.
Jacksonville, FL 32244

6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:00)

New Event: Rex & Owen will again present to First United Methodist Church


Sunday, June 10 & Sunday June 17, 2018   Rex & Owen present to First United Methodist Church

Topic: The Historical Jesus and The Historical Paul: What Can We Know and What Would They Agree About? PART ONE

Class: Disciples [Lower Level, Room G14]

First United Methodist Church
1928 Ross Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75201

About the class:

An intergenerational discussion/dialogue group, interested in contemporary political, social and economic issues from a Christian perspective. All persons who like this format are welcome regardless of age or marital status. Lower Level, Room G14

9:45 am

“Did you hear the one about the two atheists who went to Sunday School?” VIDEO now available!


Rex here…

Owen and I have given this “Did you hear…” talk several times now, but we had never gotten a good video until now.  This was made at the “Humanists of Fort Worth” meeting two weeks ago.  The audience was amazing and they gave us a lot of time to tell our story.  Special thanks once again to our good friend Zachary Moore for his amazing video skills. He can make even us look good!  Click on the image above and enjoy!  And, as always, we welcome any feedback!  Cheers!

New Podcast with Joshua Richards and Daniel King


Rex here…  Last night I was a guest again on the JRR talking podcast.  It was a three way conversation with Christian evangelist Daniel King on the line.  Daniel and I both attended the American Atheists national convention in Oklahoma City this past weekend, and share our thoughts from very different perspectives.

The initial catalyst for the conversation was Daniel’s written report of the event from his perspective available on his website:

As always, I welcome any feedback…  Enjoy!

New Podcast with Joshua Richards


Rex Here…  Last week I had the great opportunity to be interviewed by Joshua Richards for the JRRTalking podcast. We covered a range of topics around Christian de-conversion and atheist activism.

Joshua is a former Christian clergy member who came to reason and left the ministry a few years ago.  Be sure to check out his other podcasts also!

I hope you enjoy our conversation!

As always, we invite any feedback you may have! Cheers!


Rex & Owen present to the FOF on the topic of veganism

Here is a video link to our recent presentation on veganism.  This is a bit of a departure from our normal subject matter, but the FOF asked us to give this talk, so we did.  We hoped to demonstrate that even though we don’t agree, we can still have a calm, rational conversation.  We hope you enjoy, and any feedback is welcome. Once again, special thanks to Zachary Moore for his amazing video and editing.


That’s my faith and you can take it on faith…


Rex here…

One of my pet peeves (even though I am myself occasionally guilty of it), is when people use the word “FAITH” as a loose synonym for “RELIGION”. To me, “faith” is a specific term of art which is a component of many religions, but certainly not the whole story.

“Faith is the evidence of things not seen.” – Owen and I have talked about this many times. I see “faith” as the “evidence of last resort” or “the gap filler”. For any supernatural proposition (resurrection of Jesus, modern miracles, afterlife, inspiration of the Bible, etc, etc.), modern defenders will FIRST reach for ACTUAL EVIDENCE, when that fails, they will reach for the Holy Book, and when that fails to convince, finally, and only then will they reach for a bottle of “faith” to finish filling up the evidence cup. It’s NEVER the first line of defense, and if you’re gullible enough to believe the proffered physical evidence or holy book, they will never reach for that final gap filler at all…

So, to me, any religion is a bundle of concepts, ideas, supernatural beliefs, liturgical practices, etc., and “faith” is just one of many components in that box…