- Published on Friday, 18 September 2009 01:22
- Written by John Draper
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It's not often you see a debate where both sides of the "Is there a god" argument are presented well. In March 2009, Christopher Hitchens debated John Lennox and it's fair to say that both sides of the debate would be pleased with the result. The only video we have of it is a "preview" or 10 minute summary. To see the whole thing, you have to buy a DVD.
However, for anyone wanting to see an intelligent discussion of atheism, this is a must see video. So many are puerile or attacks on the opposing person or ridicule of a position. This video is unlikely to change the mind on either side but helps generate respect for the opposing position.
The video is introduced on You-Tube with the following:
Leading atheist and acclaimed journalist, Christopher Hitchens, goes head to head with Christian apologist and Oxford Professor, John Lennox in March 2009 at Birmingham, Alabama's Samford University to debate the question "Is God Great?"
Hitchens, who made his opinion clear on this topic in 2007 with his book "God is not Great," maintains not only that God fails to be great, but denies his existence entirely. Professor Lennox, a convinced Christian and scientist, respectfully disagrees. This event features a unique blend of both planned remarks and fast-paced dialogue that tackles these issues in a refreshing and informative light. It is sure to offer insights to all.
John Lennox is Professor in Mathematics at the University of Oxford and Fellow in Mathematics and Philosophy of Science at Green Templeton College, University of Oxford. Prof. Lennox has debated atheists ranging from Victor Stenger to Richard Dawkins and is the author of "God's Undertaker: Has Science Buried God?"
Christopher Hitchens is a British-American bestselling author, journalist, and literary critic who has served as a columnist for several prominent publications, some of which include Vanity Fair, The Nation, and The Atlantic. He is one of the world's most influential and outspoken atheists.
"God is not only great. He is immeasurably great." - Prof. John Lennox
"This is the worst imaginable kind of unfreedom." - Christopher Hitchens (March 2009)
For the full debate DVD, see fixed-point.org/index.php/dvds
For more of the sharp mind of Hitchens, see his other videos on this site.
Note that You-Tube has another debate with Hitchens and Lennox but it is about God in Europe and is a different debate.