Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Collision Review

Collission is documentary based on several interactions between a Christian, Douglas Wilson, and an atheist, Christopher Hitchens. The film rolls in with about an hour and a half of "never a dull moment" filming. I'm not much of a cinematographer, but this appears to be some really well done camera work.

As far as the content, Hitchens and Wilson are followed by a camera crew throughout a series of discussions and debates on the topic, "Is Christianity Good for the World?" Obviously, with a book title like, "God is not Great: how religion poisons everything," (Italics mine) Hitchens takes the negative position. Though Hitchens is a very witty and talented individual, i've never been impressed by anything he said. Once you pretend that he doesn't have an English accent and look at the actual content of his arguments, it becomes pretty apparent to me that Hitchens doesn't really have much to offer.

Douglas Wilson, on the other hand, really cuts to the chase and "removes the iron mask," so to speak. That is, he calls it like it is, demonstrating that the atheist has no leg to stand on when it comes to morality. And I found that, time and time again, Hitchens would refuse to deal with what Wilson was actually arguing. When it comes to naturalistic materialism, how do you derive "morality" from matter in motion? The atheist can argue all day long, as Hitchens did, that morality is derived from what benefits humanity. The problem is, as Wilson argued, what may be "best for humanity" to you may not be what's "best for humanity" according to me. Therefore, it is every man for himself.

I did not want to spend much of this review in presenting arguments (that's what the film is for), so i'll refrain from this point on. I would highly recommend watching this documentary for many reasons. But one of the main reasons is because Wilson presents an apologetic that is very different from most mainstream apologists. That is, he is a presuppositionalist. If you aren't sure what a presuppositionalist is, then you need to watch this film. Though I don't like to limit myself under one apologetic framework, I find that there is much power in the presuppositionalist approach that the evidentialist simply doesn't have. That is, it starts with God's Word and builds the case from there.

If you are interested in watching the film, you can order it or read more about it HERE.

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