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Dr. Jason Gastrich has participated in over 20 debates and discussions with notable unbelievers.  His opponents range from ex-pastors to authors to activists to professors.  The debate video and audio can be purchased for a small fee and the text debates can be freely read online.

Dr. Gastrich has a busy schedule, but he is always willing to consider new (and old) debate opponents.  If you want to debate him and if you can pay a reasonable honorarium (ranging between $500 to $1500, depending on the length, scope, and type of the debate) and traveling expenses, then please email your request, a brief bio, and your topic or resolution to JCSM.  Dr. Gastrich is willing to debate at universities, colleges, skeptical meetings, churches, and other venues.

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Debates and Discussions

Opponent: Eddie Tabash
Date: 2-25-07
Venue: The Center for Inquiry (CFI) West - Hollywood, California
Topic: The existence of God
Cost: $15 (DVD), $10 (video download), or $5 (mp3 download)
Length: 120 minutes
Type: Formal Moderated Debate
Description: CFI West hosted this rematch debate between Dr. Jason Gastrich and Eddie Tabash.  An over-capacity theater enjoyed the lengthy debate between the atheist lawyer Tabash and the Christian apologist Dr. Gastrich. Both debaters gave 20 minute opening statements, 10 minute rebuttals, and 5 minute rebuttals. Next, they asked each other three questions, fielded questions from the audience, and gave their closing arguments.


Opponent: Reggie Finley
Date: 2-23-07
Venue: The Infidel Guy Show
Topic: Sunday's debate (2-25-07) with Eddie Tabash, the existence of God, etc.
Cost: $10 (CD) or $5 (mp3 download)
Length: 60 minutes
Type: Informal Radio Discussion
Description: This is a pre-debate interview by Reggie Finley. He interviewed Dr. Jason Gastrich and Eddie Tabash two days before their debate at CFI West in Hollywood, California. They discuss their previous debate and their upcoming debate and also talk about the existence of God and why scholarly debate is important.


Opponent: Eddie Tabash
Date: 9-11-2004
Venue: Calvary Baptist Church in San Diego, California
Topic: The existence of God
Cost:  $15 (DVD or CD), $10 (video download), or $5 (mp3 download)
Length: 120 minutes

Type: Formal Moderated Debate
Description: On September 11, 2004, Dr. Jason Gastrich debated Dr. Eddie Tabash in San Diego, California. The debate took over 2 hours and addressed the question, "Does God exist?" Both debaters gave 20 minute opening statements, 10 minute rebuttals, and 5 minute rebuttals. Next, they asked each other three questions, fielded questions from the audience, and gave their closing arguments. This debate covers a lot of topics such as God's behavior in the Old Testament, miracles, prophecy, the Bible's inerrancy, belief and unbelief, the apostles, and much more.


Opponent: Stan Kohls
Date: 11-10-2003
Venue: The Ventura Freethinkers organization
Topic: Creation, evolution, the Bible, etc.
Cost:  $10 (CD) or $5 (mp3 download)
Length: 104 minutes
Type: Formal Moderated Debate
Description: The Ventura Freethinkers organization hosted this debate between Stan Kohls and Jason Gastrich. It lasted over 2 hours and, at times, became heated and loud as the audience asked questions and made comments.

Stan and Jason discussed creation, evolution, the Bible, and many other topics. Stan and the Ventura Freethinkers were unable to produce even one biblical error. Pastor Gene Cook went with Jason to Ventura and moderated the debate. He also answered a few questions.


Opponent: Doug Krueger
Date: 5-13-2003
Venue: Telephone
Topic: Doug’s top 4 reasons for unbelief
Cost:  $10 (CD) or $5 (mp3 download) - Post-debate commentary included free!
Length: 93 minutes
Type: Informal 1 on 1 Debate
Description: This is the second debate between Dr. Jason Gastrich and atheist, author of "What is Atheism? An Introduction", and University of Arkansas professor Doug Krueger. Doug presents the top 4 reasons that he doesn't believe in God and Jason gives his rebuttal and some reasons for belief.

Note: Dr. Gastrich's post-debate commentary is included with this CD and mp3 download.  He comments on Doug's top four reasons for unbelief and explains how they are untenable.


Opponent: James Randi
Date: 5-6-2003
Venue: Telephone
Topic: God's existence, religion, the supernatural, etc.
Cost:  $10 (CD) or $5 (mp3 download)
Length: 49 minutes
Type: Informal Discussion
Description: This is an exclusive discussion with Mr. James Randi from the James Randi Educational Foundation. His foundation offers $1 million to anyone who can prove psychic, supernatural, or paranormal powers under observation. He is known around the world because he has exposed many fraudulent people, but Mr. Randi rejects the Christian God due to the "lack of evidence."


Opponent: Jamison Collins
Date: 4-21-2003
Venue: UCSD (the University of California at San Diego)
Topic: Creation, evolution, the Bible, etc.
Length: 120 minutes
Type: Formal Moderated Debate
Description: Unfortunately, this debate was not recorded and is not available.
 


Opponent: Tom Brown
Date: 3-25-2003
Venue: Telephone
Topic: The word faith movement and several other issues
Cost:  $10 (CD) or $5 (mp3 download)
Length: 69 minutes
Type: Informal 1 on 1 Debate
Description: Dr. Jason Gastrich discusses a variety of issues and doctrines with Word Faith Pastor Tom Brown. They address tongues, exorcisms, name-it and claim-it, health and wealth gospel, earthly riches, sickness and much more!


Opponent: Doug Krueger
Date: 1-8-2003
Venue: Telephone
Topic: Biblical inerrancy, creation, morality, etc.
Cost:  $10 (CD) or $5 (mp3 download)
Length: 118 minutes
Type: Informal 1 on 1 Debate
Description: Dr. Jason Gastrich debates atheist, author, and professor Doug Krueger for 2 hours. They cover numerous subjects like biblical inerrancy, creation, the flood, prophecy, "Bible difficulties" and much more.

Note: Since this debate and after looking beyond the Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, I've noticed that some Hebrew manuscripts show the word "yourselves" in Numbers 31:18. However, I firmly believe this does not change the meaning of the text. Rape is not mentioned or implied.


Opponent: Dan Barker
Date: 10-24-02
Venue: Telephone
Topic: The existence of God, the Bible, etc.
Cost:  $15 (CD) or $10 (mp3 download) - Post-debate commentary included free!
Length: 118 minutes
Type: Informal 1 on 1 Debate
Description: Dr. Jason Gastrich debates Dan Barker who is an atheist, author, ex-pastor, and a co-director of the Freedom From Religion Foundation.  They debate the existence of God and reasons for belief and unbelief.

Note: Dr. Gastrich's post-debate commentary is included free.  In it, he addresses 30 questions that Dan Barker asked, when he question bombed Dr. Gastrich in the debate.


Opponent: Reggie Finley
Date: 4-9-2002
Venue: The Infidel Guy radio show
Topic: The existence of God, Genesis, the Bible, morality, etc.
Cost:  $10 (CD) or $5 (mp3 download)
Link: Reggie Finley vs. Dr. Jason Gastrich
Length: 103 minutes
Type: Informal Radio Show Discussion
Description: This was Dr. Jason Gastrich's first, recorded debate with an atheist.  Reggie Finley (The Infidel Guy) invited him to appear on his show and the two discussed the existence of God, the Bible, and science.  Callers also asked questions and made comments.



Formal Text Debates


Opponent
: Johnny Skeptic
Date: 8-17-06 to 9-19-06
Venue: The Internet Infidels Discussion Board (IIDB)
Topic: "Does God have poor character?"
Link: Johnny Skeptic vs. Dr. Jason Gastrich
Length: 7 rounds
Type: Formal Text Debate

Opponent: Johnny Skeptic
Date: 5-21-05 to 10-10-05
Venue: The Infidel Guy Community Forum
Topic: "The resurrection and post-resurrection accounts are congruent, feasible, and probable."
Link: Johnny Skeptic vs. Dr. Jason Gastrich
Length: 8 rounds
Type: Formal Text Debate

Opponent: Doug Krueger
Date: 3-28-05 to 8-28-05
Venue: The Internet Infidels Discussion Board (IIDB)
Topic: "Is faith in God reasonable?"
Link: Doug Krueger vs. Dr. Jason Gastrich
Length: 5 rounds
Type: Formal Text Debate

Opponent: Will Kinney
Date: 8-22-2004
Venue: The Baptist Board
Topic: The KJV is the only inerrant Bible
Link: Will Kinney vs. Dr. Jason Gastrich
Length: 7 rounds
Type: Formal Text Debate

Opponent: Jon Promnitz
Date: 7-13-04 to 10-28-04
Venue: The Internet Infidels Discussion Board (IIDB)
Topic: "When did Christ say He would return?"
Link: Jon Promnitz vs. Dr. Jason Gastrich
Length: 6 rounds of text, 5000 words per round
Type: Formal Text Debate

Opponent: Francois Tremblay (Canada)
Date: 4-12-04 to 6-25-04
Venue: The Internet Infidels Discussion Board (IIDB)
Topic: “Objective morality is (not) only consistent with the atheistic viewpoint.”
Link: Francois Tremblay vs. Dr. Jason Gastrich (Off site link)
Length: 7 rounds of text, 5000 words per post
Type: Formal Text Debate

Opponent: Sean McHugh (Australia)
Date: 1-9-04 to 3-21-04
Venue: The Internet Infidels Discussion Board (IIDB)
Topic: “The post-resurrection accounts are not contradictory.”
Link: Sean McHugh vs. Dr. Jason Gastrich (Off site link)
Length: 7 rounds of text, 5000 words per post
Type: Formal Text Debate

Opponent: Farrell Till
Date: 7-21-03 to 11-24-03
Venue: Inerrancy.com, then moved to the Internet Infidels Discussion Board (IIDB)
Topic: “The Yahwistic land promise to the descendants of Abraham was fulfilled in all of its details.”
Link: Farrell Till vs. Dr. Jason Gastrich (Off site link)
Length: 10 Rounds of text, 5000 to 10,000 words per post
Type: Formal Text Debate

Opponent: Stephen Geddes, aka Robyn Banks (New Zealand)
Date: 4-17-03 to 6-9-03
Venue: Theologyweb.com
Topic: “Are there valid, predictive prophecies?” (Specifically, Isaiah 53)
Link: Stephen Geddes vs. Dr. Jason Gastrich (Off site link)
Length: 12 Rounds of text, 5000 words per post
Type: Formal Text Debate