At the top of most every bestseller list right now is a book written by Christopher Hitchens titled: “ God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

From the title you may assume that Christopher Hitchens is a atheist but you would not be quite right — Hitchens is a self-proclaimed “non-theist.” The difference, according to Hitchens, during an appearance on “Hannity’s America” is that many atheists take the position that they cannot believe but qualify that disbelief with statements like: “I wish I could believe . . .”. Hitchens, on the other hand does NOT wish he could believe in a God who has allowed his creations (humans) to do so much damage to the earth and to each other.

I heard portions of a debate today on Hugh Hewitt’s radio program, he called it “The Great God Debate” and he devoted his entire three hour show to it — he may be sorry later that he did! The debate pitted Hitchens against two opponents, Hugh Hewitt himself and Dr. Mark Roberts, theologian, professor, pastor, New Testament scholar and author of many books including the just published Can We Trust The Gospels? (Assume that Dr. Roberts’ answer is “yes” and you’ll be correct.) Hitchens was brilliant as usual and on every point, Hitchens’ opponents came out with ‘the short end of the stick.’

You can try looking for a transcript of that debate on Hugh Hewitt’s Blog, after (and if) its posted . . . but for a rich assortment of bits of Christopher Hitchen’s many televised appearances, you can go to You Tube and type his name in the search box. (I especially enjoyed the one that showed a portion of his appearance on the Bill Maher show: “Real Time with Bill Maher” on HBO; when the audience (predictably) bood him, he flipped them off — physically and verbally).

Just to wet your appetite, here is a link to an 8 minute excerpt from a Hitchens speech you can find on You Tube (the final 8 minutes of a 20 minute speech) that Hitchens delivered in Canada in November of 2006. The title is Christopher Hitchens — Religion and it provides only a glimpse into this brilliant man’s reasoning for his positions and for writing a book that has a title that will offend and anger so many believers.


The London Times Online: Christopher Hitchens answers your questions on God, life, and the Universe

The Jerusalem Post: God is greater than Christopher Hitchens (Hmmmm, someone sounds offended!)

What Bloggers Think: (Hint: Very little positive press for Mr. Hitchens but links to the Hitchens/Roberts/Hewitt can be found at either site.)

Worlds Apart: The Great God Debate vs God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

Dime A Dozen: Hitchens – Roberts – Hewitt – wrap up

News and commentary by: Whymrhymer can also be found at the My View from the Center and at The American Chronicle Family of Journals

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