August 31 “Does the Christian god exist?” debate

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August 23, 2013 – 9:19PM EDT

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Atheist activist and Baptist pastor to debate “Does the Christian god exist?”

Rev. Michael Brewster (left) and Justin Vacula (right)
Rev. Michael Brewster (left) and Justin Vacula (right)

Rev. Michael Brewster, pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church, will be debating Justin Vacula — co-organizer of the NEPA Freethought Society — on the topic of “Does the Christian god exist?” for a live formal debate on August 31, 2013.

The debate, free and open to the general public, will take place inside Mount Zion Baptist Church located at 105 Hill Street in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The debate begins at 6:00PM. Doors open at 5:30PM.

The debate will also be streamed live through Brave Hero Radio — the atheist-themed online radio show which Vacula co-hosts — and archived immediately following:

Parking is available behind the church, on the street, and in a small lot atop Hill Street and Park Ave. Signs inside and outside the church will direct people to Miller Hall, in the lower level of the building, in which the debate will take place.

Interested parties may RSVP on the debate’s respective Facebook event titled August 31 “Does the Christian god exist?” debate:

Justin Vacula — writer for — is a public speaker, debater, atheist activist, and an activist for the separation of religion and government who hosts the NEPA Freethought Society Podcast and Brave Hero Radio. He has participated in previous formal debates and has spoken at various conferences and events. Vacula received bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Psychology and the distinguished W.A. Kilburn Memorial Award for Philosophy from King’s College. He is currently enrolled in Marywood University’s graduate-level Mental Health Counseling program. Justin holds leadership roles as the co-organizer, spokesperson, and a board member of the NEPA Freethought Society.

Reverend Michael Brewster serves as the pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church of Wilkes-Barre. He is a proud graduate of Leadership Wilkes-Barre 2007, is the coordinator of the NEPA National Day of Prayer Committee, serves on numerous boards within the community and has worked hard to establish Mt. Zion as a vehicle for positive change and cultural awareness by creating what he calls“tables of learning” to help facilitate effective exchange between various parties to address important concerns that exist within the surrounding community. Brewster received a Bachelor’s degree in Bible from Philadelphia Biblical University and a Master of Arts degree in religion from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary.

August 27 update: Per Reverend Brewster’s request, the debate has moved from Mount Zion Baptist Church’s Miller Hall to the main worship hall.

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