Saint Lucian ‘atheist’ to take on pastor in scholarly debate

By SNO Staff

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Jason Joseph

(SNO) — The man, who once sparked debate and controversy in Saint Lucia when he called for an end to prayers at schools and events, will be taking on a pastor in what has been described as a “scholarly debate on the world’s most popular worldviews”.

Educator, Jason Joseph, will go tête-à-tête with Pastor Devron Thomas, who has been described as a “Christian apologist” and who is also a Seventh-Day Adventist minister.

The event, dubbed ‘World View in Conflict: Atheism and Theism’, is organized by Pastor Rod Rene and the Central Students Council of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College (SALCC).

It is expected to take place at the college on March 27 from at 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. and broadcast live on Great Visions Design/FLOW Channel 115 and Facebook live via Great Vision Design’s page.


Late last year, Joseph gained national attention when he questioned whether prayers at schools and public events on the island is actually a good idea.

He said in this day and age, one cannot force only Christianity down people’s throat.

“That is totally out of place and I think it is time all these things are looked at and being taken a little bit more seriously,” he said.

He was immediately pounced upon by many in Saint Lucia, which has been described as a largely Christian nation.

According to his Linkedin profile, Pastor Thomas hold a master’s degree in dogmatic theology from the North- Western University: Greenwich School of Theology and a bachelor’s degree in theology from the University of the Southern Caribbean.

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20 comments

  1. It has been said "a little learning is a dangerous thing". Is that proof
    of this saying? Pray for this young man; pray that Jesus do a miracle
    in his life and that he makes an about turn and return to the Lord before
    it's too late. After the transition, if you are not in God's paradise, you
    cannot go back, once the door is closed in this life. Again I ask that you
    should pray for this young man, let God have the victory, not the other guy.

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  2. Jason, jason, jason you need help. I know what you are going through..you think God has failed you and permitted things to happen to you. You cannot blame God for anything when He was not even there. An atheist is one who does not believe God exist..but how can you be an atheist when you once profess God. How you were formed and everything around you is not from a big bang but from something greater than you..I have seen you and known you for years..you are sad, miserable, depressed young man..it is very evident that the force or whatever you believe in is not working for you. Turn to the same God you don't believe and you will find peace because at the rate you are going is heading for destruction for you. Jesus loves you even when you treat him badly..his arms are open wide waiting for you..let him Give you peace. Jason its not that you don't believe God or in God..what you have is hate for God, but how can you hate someone...if they don't exist?
    GOD IS NOT DEAD! He is Alive

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    • Dude I think it is you that need help. "You cannot blame God for anything when He is not even there."? Isn't he supposed to be omnipresent, which means that he is in all places at all times. Do you know anything about the big bang and evolution? I don't think so. You probably think evolution claims that we came from the apes that we have in the zoo. So you are probably saying why don't the apes evolve thinking you are so intelligent and scientist are idiots when it is the other way around. You are trying to claim that all atheist are miserable people who hate God when if truth because this one, if its true, is. How can someone hate someone or something if the do not believe in it due to lack of evidence to support its existence?

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  3. I feel sorry for this pastor he will loose this debate and bad. He should know better, Jason Joseph is a fool and god himself has warned to stay clear of them
    Proverbs 18:2-3 Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions.
    Proverbs 26:4-5 Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you yourself will be just like him. Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes.

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    • Okay So the pastor will lose badly and the atheist is the fool. Another one in need of help. You basically called yourself a fool when stating that they have no interest in understanding because you do not want to understand anything. The truth supposed to be testable and beliefs are not based on facts. Atheist provide evidence while theist don't and are mostly ignorant of the facts.

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  4. Don Ray Fontenelle

    These questios are yet to be answered; why has Jason Joseph chosen to be an Atheist and secondly, did he have a bad experience in church?

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  5. Hi will this be a close debate or will it be open to the public

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  6. I feel sorry for this pastor,he should know better, the fool hmm i mean atheist will win and make a mess of him, God himself calls these people fools and saysbto keep away from them.you just cannot argue with a fool
    Proverbs 26:4-5 Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you yourself will be just like him. Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes.
    Psalm 74:18 Remember this, O LORD, that the enemy has reviled, And a foolish people has spurned Your name.

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  7. Psalm 14:1- "The FOOL hath said in his heart, there is no God."

    Self explanatory

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  8. Please let him know he don't exist for me..

    Thanks

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  9. It's about time someone took a stand for this utter farce they called christianity this nation has being plague with...

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  10. Please SNO why are you putting this lost mad man on news again? The man is a fool looking for attention

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  11. As a former student of Jason Joseph, I can say that he is a bitter person who is angry at the world for his inability to achieve fame and recognition. He uses sarcasm to belittle and humiliate people including his students. A godless A-Hole like him is not worth debating for his heart is filled with anger that probably stems from his relationship with his mother. Just saying...

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  12. The religious need no proof whatsoever. You only have to believe. The world-wide man-made disasters of rogue capitalism (not that socialism, as some simpletons believe is the answer.) is proof that the end is near. The only proof they need. It's very seductive and comforting

    So some are seeking to dump earth and consider that they are going to Heaven on Mars. Pastors will turn a blind eye to the Sermon on the Mount, as they believe that atrocities to weaker groups around the world is doing God's work. God's will.

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  13. This looks really interesting. Will it be aired on TV?

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