Recorded Video – Debate: Does the Christian god exist? Rev. Marcelle Dotson vs. Justin Vacula

I debated Rev. Marcelle Dotson of Field of Grace United Methodist Church in Wilkes-Barre on the topic of “Does the Christian god exist?” on December 19, 2011.

The debate was recorded live from “Jason International Studios” in Mountain Top, PA.

The debate is now available as a recorded version for your viewing pleasure. A audio-only podcast is also available. Visit the NEPA Freethought Society’s Podcast page here.

Feel free to comment below, send me e-mail, etc. I’d love to hear from you.

Rev. Dotson’s e-mail is


Justin Vacula — co-organizer, spokesperson, and board member of the NEPA Freethought Society — graduated from King’s College with degrees in Philosophy and Psychology, a distinguished award in Philosophy, and a minor in Professional Writing. He regularly publishes articles for as the ‘Scranton Atheism Examiner,’ writes for American Atheists’ “No God Blog,” and publishes posts about “atheism, theism, philosophy, and much more” on his blog at The NEPA Freethought Society’s website can be found at

Rev. Marcelle Dotson, pastor of Field of Grace Community of Faith United Methodist Church holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Smith College, a Master’s of Divinity degree in Theology from Drew University, and a Master of Business Administration from Simmons School of Management. She served as an associate pastor in Manchester and had served the United Methodist Church in Maine. She came to Wilkes-Barre in 2009 to start Field of Grace. United Methodist Church. The website for her church can be found at

Justin Vacula

Justin Vacula hosts the Stoic Philosophy Podcast; serves as co-organizer and spokesperson for the Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA) Freethought Society; and has hosted monthly Stoic Philosophy discussion groups for the Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia.

He has appeared on and hosted various radio shows and podcasts; participated in formal debates and discussions; was a guest speaker for college-level courses; was featured in local, national, and international news; and has been invited to speak at various national, local, and statewide events.

Vacula received bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Psychology, a minor in Professional Writing, and the distinguished W.A. Kilburn Memorial Award for Philosophy from King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He is currently living in the Scranton, PA area attending Marywood University’s graduate-level Mental Health Counseling program and has worked with the Arc of Luzerne County’s Transition to Community Employment program as a teacher’s assistant and job coach alongside adult learners with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

He also plays poker; volunteers as a member of the website and media team for the Greyhawk Reborn Dungeons & Dragons campaign while playing at events in the Eastern United States; and enjoys metal music.