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What I’ve learned from debating religious people around the world. – By Christopher Hitchens – Slate Magazine

October 26, 2009

hitchensPosted Monday, Oct. 26, 2009, at 11:21 AM ET

Faith No More

What I’ve learned from debating religious people around the world.

By Christopher Hitchens

This week sees the opening on various cinema marquees of the film Collision: a buddy-and-road movie featuring last year’s debates between Pastor Douglas Wilson, who is a senior fellow at New St. Andrew’s College, and your humble servant. (If I may be forgiven, it’s also available on DVD, and you can buy our little book of exchanges, Is Christianity Good for the World?)

Newsweek’s reviewer beseeches you not to go and see the film, largely on the grounds that it features two middle-aged white men trying to establish which one is the dominant male. I would have thought that this would be reason enough to buy a ticket, but perhaps she would have preferred the debate held in London last week featuring me and Stephen Fry (two magnificent specimens of white mammalhood) versus a female member of Parliament who is a Tory Catholic convert and the Roman Catholic archbishop of Abuja, Nigeria. It filled one of the largest halls in the city, and many people had to be turned away. For a combination of reasons, the subject of religion is back where it always ought to be—at the very center of any argument about the clash of world views.

via What I’ve learned from debating religious people around the world. – By Christopher Hitchens – Slate Magazine .

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5 Comments
  1. Martin Slann permalink
    October 27, 2009 5:56 AM

    Religions are capable of reform, but islam is a totalitarian death cult and as such has to be detroyed.

  2. October 27, 2009 10:40 AM

    Speaking of totalitarians:

    I came to make a comment on something Hitchens said but after reading Martin’s gentle comment I have to speak to that instead.

    To declare an entire religion as worthy of destruction (yes, Virginia even Islam can reform. Google “muslim amadaya”) is nothing itself but the action of a totalitarian mindset.

    If you believe your “Truth” makes you entitled to DESTROY other people’s “Truth”s instead of debate and compete with them how are you different from Islamists that don’t use violence to achieve their aims?

    Answer? You Are Not Any Different. Your tactics may differ but your mindset seems to be the same.

    Absolute power corrupts absolutely. And using God as your excuse is to hide behind produces the most absolute corruption.

  3. KennyP permalink
    October 27, 2009 2:37 PM

    There is no god, so your typical organized religion is nothing but foolishness. Of course, many athiests worship government … same thing.

  4. Dihimi Revolt permalink
    October 27, 2009 6:50 PM

    Dear Guy DeWhitney,
    As soon as one entity initiates an ideolgy that is totalitarian in nature then those who are its neighbors are automatically forced to react in totalitarian terms — if they don’t they will be anhiliated. Your words are lofty but your logic is fundamentaly flawed.

  5. October 27, 2009 7:36 PM

    RevoltedDhimmi: I would say your history is what is flawed.

    Nazi Germany did not “force” totalitarian ideology on the Brits. They met every attack as free british until we finally got into the game.

    China and North Korea have not “forced” South Korea to become as totalitarian to survive.

    The Soviet Union did not “force” us to become like them.

    That waited until the U.S.S.R. had lost and all the communists had scattered and taken cover. But they never stopped working.

    Have the Muslims forced Israel to become Totalitarian? Wait. Whose side were you arguing again? Ours or the Leftists?

    What totalitarian changes have happened to us and the others have been less from our defending the West than from failing to defend its principals.

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