Does Atheism Poison Everything? Debate Between David Berlinski and Christopher Hitchens
|September 7, 2010||Posted by Clive Hayden under Education, Evolution, Intelligent Design, Darwinism, Religion, Science, Culture|
The debate is happening today, Sept. 7th, at the Fixed Point Foundation.
Our next debate features famed atheist Christopher Hitchens, author of God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, and Dr. David Berlinski, author of The Devil’s Delusion: Atheism and Its Scientific Pretensions. The question being debated: What are the implications of a purely secular society? It promises to be a formidable clash of titans. In addition to being highly entertaining and witty, these two men have a serious message they want to communicate.
The Does Religion Poison Everything? Debate begins at 7 p.m., September 7.
The luncheon, reception, and debate all take place at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel:
For those of us who cannot make the debate, the DVD can be ordered here.
David Berlinski describes himself as “a secular Jew and an agnostic.” He has written a number of books on mathematics, but he is best known for his appearance in the Ben Stein film “Expelled” as well as for his irreverent assault upon the New Atheists in his book, The Devil’s Delusion: Atheism and Its Scientific Pretensions. Mr. Berlinski, whose immediate family was saved during the Holocaust by the “American Schindler” Varian Fry, resides in Paris. He possesses a Ph.D. from Princeton University and formerly taught philosophy and mathematics at Stanford University and the University of Paris.
Christopher Hitchens, an atheist and polemicist, is best known for his controversial book, God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, and, most recently, for his memoir, Hitch 22, which has been on The New York Times Best Seller List since its release last month. Hitchens has been a columnist for The Atlantic, Slate, and Vanity Fair, and has debated his views around the English-speaking world. Hitchens is one of the so-called “New Atheists”, along with other notables like Richard Dawkins.