Episode 14: Pope-ing Ain’t Easy

We covered a lot of news, including a not-so-helpful assist from Pope Francis on the most dignified way to hit your child, politicians not having any of that evolution stuff, and the horrific murder of an atheist blogger in Bangladesh. Dale hit us with more Little Questions, Mark reported on his recent visit to Centennial Road Church, and then Dale led us through his thoughts on Bart Ehrman’s ‘Did Jesus Exist?” Recorded at the Brockville Public Library on March 15, 2015. As always, you can download it from our Podcasts and Media page, or from iTunes or Stitcher. Enjoy!

Episode 13 is alive and well!

We covered a lot of news, including kids who didn’t really go to heaven, kids who might not have to take religion classes, and Mormon leaders acting like kids. Dale hit us with some more Little Questions, Joe updated us on the recent conversion of Ryan Bell, and Mark took his atheist necktie to the 1000 Islands Baptist Church to see what he could see. Recorded Feb 15, 2015 at the Brockville Public Library. Enjoy!

Podcast 12.5: Sacrificial Hams

We had some extra material saved up – enough for a whole podcast, as it turned out, so enjoy our look at sacrifice across various cultures, some more ‘Little Questions’, and then join Stephane as he relates his ongoing FaceBook interactions with his friend Pastor Gerald Luck.

Podcast 12: Did Jesus Exist?

We River City Rationalists may all be atheists, but that doesn’t mean we agree on everything. This episode, each of us took a turn explaining where we stand on the growing Jesus as Myth movement, explaining where we stood on the historicity of Jesus and why. Of course, we also took some time to address recent religiously-tinged tragedies in France and Pakistan, and Joe took us through some discussion on assisted suicide. Enjoy the show!

Podcast 11 Wishes You a Merry X/Christ-mas

We did it again! Just a few weeks after releasing episode 10, we managed to get number 11 up before the holiday season ended.

This podcast was a little time-sensitive, in that we took it upon ourselves to dissect previous Christmas editorials featured in the local newspaper – the Brockville Recorder (it was the Recorder and Times when I delivered it as a kid, but those were simpler times). So, we took the Recorder’s faithful editor to task for some of his more problematic assertions from 2012 and 2013, while we await his offering for this Christmas.

We have news and Little Questions, too. We hope you enjoy, and we look forward to getting Joe back in the new year, as well as possibly expanding our team. As always, we would *LOVE* to have more theists check in with us, but we understand this is a busy time of year, what with the war on Christmas and all.

Peace and Love, playas!

Podcast 10 is up!

Dale and I were a two-man show for podcast number 10, but that didn’t scare us. We looked at some recent news from our friends at the Vatican, including how very close they came to joining us in the modern age. We looked at some more of Dale’s ‘Little Questions’, and we took some time to try to understand if the Bible says that the sins of the father can be visited upon his descendants. The answer? Yes, no, probably, probably not, or maybe, depending on who you ask.

It’s up at iTunes and Stitcher now, and (of course) our Podcast and Media page. Enjoy!

Podcast 9: The Rest of the Exodus, with 100% More Stephane!

After a slight delay, Podcast 9, recorded Oct 4, is up. Download it here, on iTunes, or via Stitcher.

We’re always on the lookout for local folks looking to jump in to the podcast, both from the atheist/agnostic point of view and especially from the theistic side. We were lucky to have our friend Stephane join our most recent podcast. Stephane specializes in ongoing conversations with some of the more fundamentally-inclined theists on his Facebook feed, and we’re looking forward to hearing his most cherished stories.

Episode 10 is already recorded, and it’ll be up in about a week, so lots of stuff coming. If you’d like to take part in our discussion – especially if you disagree with us – please reach out.

Podcast 8: Exodus by the Numbers

See what I did there?

Anyway, Ep 8 is up and running, hitting iTunes and Stitcher any moment, and readily available on the Podcast and Media page.

We had a great time going over some news, discussing Avalos’ essay on God’s moral standing, and looking at the logistics of the Exodus. Some of the numbers don’t seem to work, but we might have forgot to carry the 1. Dale also introduced a new segment called “Little Questions”, which I think is going to be fun.

We’re welcoming a new voice to our next podcast, set to record Oct 4. Tune in to find out who!

Podcast 8 recorded today

Podcast 8 looked at the numbers behind the Exodus, some recent news (including the ongoing Trinity Anglican stuff), and introduced a new segment called “Little Questions”. We also took a look at Hector Avalos’ “God is a moral monster” argument. All in good fun!

The episode is with Mike for his insertions and the extra magic he does to make it all work.

Episode 7 lives and walks among us…

Episode 7 of the River City Rationalists podcast is up and available on iTunes, Stitcher and our Podcast and Media page. We had a great time digging into some recent news, including the ongoing saga of Brockville’s Trinity Anglican Church, events in the Sudan, and Sex Ed in Alberta. We did a forensic analysis of our interview with Rev. John Wilderspin, and we looked at the 10-or-so commandments. For your listening pleasure, Mike offers some pleasant, family-friendly passages from the Quran, just to prove we’ve got our skeptical eyes on *all* religious claims.

Enjoy!