Patrick O’Hannigan at The Paragraph Farmer has been doing coverage of the various Christopher Hitchen’s debates. He links to the conclusion of a debate between Hitchens and Douglas Wilson which makes a great point on the evolution of morality.
Tonight on the Hugh Hewitt show the entire show will be a debate between Christopher Hitchens and Dr. Mark Roberts. I heared Dr. Roberts on Hugh’s show before and it should be a pretty good debate. Usually when Hitchens appears on the Hugh Hewitt show and the topic veers to religion it is always a train wreck with Hitchens showing himself to be a fundamentalist atheist not willing to give religion any due. I can admire Hitchens for willing to do so many debates on the subject, but I would admire him more if I had any feeling he was an honest atheist open to the truth.
On Sunday I read his Peter Hitchens’ review his brother’s book that was quite interesting, especially Christopher’s "locution" at the age of nine that the world was not ordered.
I do think the appropriate thing to do would be to ask Blessed Mother Teresa and Bob Hope to intercede for Mr. Hitchens conversion.
Update: Listening to the debate I was not much impressed by either Hitchens or Mark D. Roberts.
Hitchens seems to be unable to make any distinctions and treats religion as a lump. Though the funniest thing in the debate was when Hitchens called Pope John Paul II "A great mammal."
Yes, Pope John Paul the Great Mammal would be a new title in Church history.
I have to figure God is working really, really hard on a guy who hates religion and religious people as much as Christopher Hitchens does. I am willing to bet he’s a lot closer to God than many who are nicer than he is.
Really, if he keeps debating the issue he may suddenly understand it….if/when that happens, look out, he may kick down the doors of the nearest Church to be forgiveness.
What I don’t understand is why there are so many people who look at Hitchens as a great authority. Really, he writes out of his own perception and emotion more than rational explanations that can be carried to a logical conclusion. He also avoids backing up his assertions with proof; e.g. his old assertion that what little good that religion has done can be arrived at more “honestly” with atheism.
“Morality evolved” is a funny phrase. I’m going to post it on my bulletin board. Morality that changes to fit the times is generally regarded as amorality, no?
Uh . . . Bob Hope?