April 23, 2014

Debate: Does Atheism Poison Everything? Christopher Hitchens vs. David Berlinski

A debate on atheism with Christopher Hitchens, author of God Is Not Great, and David Berlinski, author of The Devil's Delusion. This event was hosted by the Fixed Point Foundation (fixed-point.org) in Birmingham, Alabama. Part 1 of 5 … [Read more...]

Hitchens brothers debate if civilization can survive without God

Source: CNN Brothers Christopher and Peter Hitchens squared off Tuesday in a debate over whether civilization can survive without God. Christopher, the older of the two, is a renowned atheist thinker and author. Peter, the lesser known of the two, is a practicing Christian and also a well-regarded author. Christopher Hitchens is going through a very public battle with cancer, a subject that came up often during the debate. Michael Cromartie from the Ethics and Public Policy Center, moderated the debate and mentioned Christopher, who lives in the District of Columbia, was attending in between doctor appointments. Peter Hitchens had flown in from England specifically for the lunchtime debate. Christopher Hitchens arrived with a white straw Panama hat. Beneath the hat he has no hair, lost from cancer treatments. Though noticeably thinner, Hitchens did not seem to suffer any intellectual consequences from his treatment. Read the entire article on the CNN website. … [Read more...]

Praying for Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens

George Michalopulos sent this piece along that offers a prayer for Christopher Hitchens, one of the more well known "New Atheists." I'm not a Hitchens basher although I'm a Hitchens critic, (i.e.: How can anyone really believe that Troskyite Marxism is defensible?). I've listened to some of the debates between Hitchens and Dinesh D'Souza and, while D'Souza offers an adequate defense of Christianity, I'm not sure the apologetics of the pre-post-Christian age work that well anymore. More on this some other time. Hitchens' over-reliance on the philosophical materialism of Marx, Freud and Darwin, is not sufficient either, but I believe that even in his disparagement of Christianity, he has not embraced the darkness of nihilism. Both men seem to be arguing for a cultural certainty that may no longer exist. In any case, I agree with the author of the piece: Hitchens may be someone to pray for. God is merciful after all. Source: Matt&PatArchbold I know he doesn’t want me to … [Read more...]