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.

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  1. Christopher Hitchens certainly does not believe in God, but he is not unfaithful….. He has faith in his own mind. He trusts the conclusions of his mind and his thoughts and defends them. He thinks that he figured out everything, and firmly believes that a society can function without God. A society without God is a collection of individuals who have strong faith in their own minds. Often, such collection of thought can become contradictory, as conflicting thoughts clash.The final authority has to be imposed by a handful of self-declared, self-elected and most likely self-imposed authority. It can’t be much different than Communism and Fascism.
    He decided, by the power of his own will, to be steadfast in his opinion. A logical mind should not refrain from asking: What if I am wrong? What if the immortal soul exists? Won’t the price of deception be too high?

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