Friday, November 16, 2007

Dinesh D'Souza vs. Christopher Hitchens: Is Christianity the problem?

Recently, The New York Times best-seller, Dinesh D'Souza (author of Why Christianity is so great) debated the so-called "militant atheist" Christopher Hitchens (author of God is not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything) on the proposition titled "Is Christianity the problem." You can watch the entire debate HERE which took place at Kings College in New York City. I highly recommend everyone watch this debate, as this form of atheism is becoming very influential in America as well as Europe. Here are a few of my thoughts as I was watching the debate:

1. More time should have been allotted for opening statements, rebuttals, and concluding remarks (which was compromised in order to get more audience questions in).

2. Is Christopher Hitchens drinking whiskey?

3. I really wish D'Souza would read Greg Bahnsen.

4. The cross-examination was a total mess. No organization. The moderator must have been asleep.

5. D'Souza chose to "leave the Bible out of it." Big mistake.

6. Did Hitchens really just question the existence of Jesus?

7. D'Souza looks kinda like Mr. Bean. I'm not gonna lie.

8. Hitchens questions the transmission of the text of Scripture, speaking of the Bible as "corrupt texts." I seriously doubt Hitchens knows the slightest bit about textual criticism. He'd probably make Bart Ehrman look like a conservative Baptist.

9. How many times is D'Souza going to interrupt Hitchens?

10. Yes, Dinesh. I agree that Hitchens is wrong. But let the man speak!

11. Wow. Hitchens really does hate Christianity.

12. This would be a lot easier if D'Souza adopted the presuppositionalist approach.

13. Waaayyyy too much audience participation. Moderator?

14. Its hard to say which was more emotional. Hitchens or D'Souza?

15. Overall, the debate was informative. Its hard to say who won because there simply wasn't enough time and it was too disorganized. But at least they had cross-examination; which ended up turning into interrupted monologues. Check the debate out and let me know what you think.

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