Challenge

Justin Vacula, atheist activist, activist for the separation of church and state, and co-organizer of the NEPA Freethought Society — a social, educational, activist, and philosophical community group of non-theists in Northeastern Pennsylvania — challenges priests, ministers, theologians, and other individuals in Northeastern Pennsylvania and beyond to defend their religious beliefs in a “Does God Exist?” formal recorded debate or discussion which will be made available to the general public.

A debate or discussion about religious beliefs will provide an excellent educational opportunity for residents of Northeastern Pennsylvania and beyond.

Details including venue, format, and moderator will be negotiated by both parties.

More information about Justin Vacula — including his media appearances, qualifications, and activism — may be found on his website at justinvacula.com. Interested parties may reach Vacula using the contact form on his website.

To date, Vacula has participated in three formal moderated recorded debates (1, 2, 3) and one moderated discussion (1).

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.