This makes up for the whole Kirk Cameron thing. Hitchens vs. Wilson

For those of you who have not been following the debate between Hitchens and Wilson you must repent and go and read them right now.  Hitchens is the latest to capitalize on the evangelistic atheist fad and write a nasty book with old arguments to market to the American people.  Hitchens is no intellectual slouch either and his book, God Is Not Great is actually written very well (I read most of it yesterday at Tattered Cover) but it just does not say anything new.  It follows in the footsteps of Dawkins, and Harris’ books which are filled with moral claims about the evils of Christianity but provide us no basis for the making of these claims.  Even if I am to ascribe to the atheist view I would then have a hard time authoritatively saying that religion is universally bad.  You may be able to say that you personally believe religion to be worthless and bad, but you can not make a binding moral claim that others should abide by, because you believe there is no authority greater than self.  The debate between Hitchens and Wilson is the best engagement I have seen from an apologetic front in quite some time.  Take some time to read through these and be encouraged that once again it is not usually the intellectual and truth problems that lead people away from the gospel but the hardness of their heart (Rom. 1).

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4 Responses

  1. Outstanding, Ryan…thanks for linking it. I have been spending some time over at an American Atheist site recently, where Hitchens is revered like a prophet. Wilson does a great job in the exchange.

    Hey, our family heads out for Fort Collins in a few weeks. If you have some time, I’d love to buy you a drink. Let me know.

  2. I would love that Adam just let me know when you will be in Fort Collins and I will drive on up!

  3. why buy a drink in a place that serves FREE BEER?

  4. So I can reimburse it…wait…One Card it? Aww, crap, this is too complicated for my intellect.

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