was hosted by Bakersfield Christian High School on February 11th, 2010.
Dr. Peter Kreeft, philosopher, has written, "The idea of God has guided or deluded more lives, changed more history, inspired more music and poetry and philosophy than anything else, real or imagined. It has made more of a difference to human life on this planet, both individually and collectively, than anything else ever has."
To we who are believers, His existence is clear, distinct, personal and perennial in all aspects of creation and life. Believing in Him is basic to all else we believe. Debating His existence is never necessary, but from the standpoint of informing and educating, it has its place.
My professional motive in accepting the invitation to debate specifically the question "Does God exist?" - and not the more particular question "Does the Christian God exist?" - rested on the sense that both high school students, and their parents who send them to secular colleges, need to see the sort of atheism that academia endorses. Rather than a debate that would predictably drift into sharp disagreement over biblical interpretation, I desired a debate that would focus tightly on the question itself. The viewer will have to render his own judgment whether we, the debaters, stayed on topic.
Mr. Tabash is a constitutional lawyer in the Los Angeles area. He graduated magna cum laude from UCLA in 1973 and obtained his law degree from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles in 1976. His father was an orthodox rabbi from Lithuania. His mother was an Auschwitz survivor from Hungary. After decades of spiritual searching, Eddie has determined that we live in a natural and not a supernatural universe. He serves on the board of directors of the Council for Secular Humanism and its parent organization, the Center for Inquiry. He is also a life member of American Atheists. He has debated such eminent Christian philosophers as William Lane Craig, Douglas Geivett, Richard Swinburne, and Peter Van Inwaagen.
Mr. Martin is the Biblical Studies Department Chair at Bakersfield Christian High School, concluding his seventh year on staff. He also pastors Covenant Presbyterian Church (PCA). As a Regents Scholar at UCLA, Mr. Martin earned a BA with honors in philosophy. While at Covenant Theological Seminary Mr. Martin was the Systematic Theology award recipient. He graduated with honors and a Master of Divinity degree. During his undergraduate years at UCLA, Mr. Martin had his beliefs concerning Godís existence and the Christian faith challenged repeatedly. This intellectual testing only served to strengthen his convictions that the truthfulness of the Christian Worldview is rationally well founded.