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Christopher Hitchens Debate in Birmingham, Ala.

christopherhitchensOn March 3rd, Christopher Hitchens will be debating Christian apologist John Lennox at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala. The debate is sponsored by the Samford Socratic Club, which seeks to promote debate and hold no idea so sacred that it cannot be questioned. While that is an admirable claim, I suppose we will see if this debate changes any minds. Samford University is a private, Baptist-affiliated school which has the right to deny any person or group from speaking on campus. For my sake, and the sake of all others that will be in attendance, I am glad they did not intervene.

The Samford Socratic Club is, at its heart, a Christian organization, though I can immediately striate them among other Christians in Alabama as having reason and decency enough to at least present a public forum with an opposing worldview. The organization’s website has the following explanation in their mission:

It is our strong conviction that Biblical Christianity is neither dead nor dying, and we are willing to test that belief by inviting people of different worldviews, Christian or not, into open and honest discussion. Our goal is to seek the truth and to follow the argument, wherever that might lead. We are not without opinion, but that does not mean that we are incapable of objectivity. We hope to win people to our own viewpoint, however we are more concerned with causing people to think for themselves than we are with indoctrinating them with our own ideas. So we have only three simple requests: Noise off, brain on, let’s talk.

For those in the Birmingham/Atlanta/Chattanooga/Tupelo driving radius that are interested in attending, the pertinent information is as follows:

What: “Is God Great?” debate between Christopher Hitchens and John Lennox
Where: Samford University’s Wright Center Concert Hall (Calculate Driving Distance)
When: Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009 at 6:00 pm Central
Tickets: Purchase Online

I wonder how many “Burn in Hell, Atheist!” signs I will see being held up on the way in the door?

EDIT: (from the Socratic Club website)

Note: Dinesh D’souza’s participation in this event was unexpectedly cancelled due to family matters. We are willing to refund any tickets purchased before now if you deem such necessary. We are honored, though, to have Professor Lennox take his place, as he is a skilled debater and has debated Hitchens previously in a lively event at the Edinburgh International Festival.

7 thoughts on “Christopher Hitchens Debate in Birmingham, Ala.

  1. I like to hear about these debates as it only helps give a stage to non-Christian views. While I am sure the school has its intentions, the mere fact that they are giving Hitchens the time of day will have undesirable consequences for Christianity. If you don’t hold the debate, none of the Christians are the wiser and the status quo is maintained. If you hold the debate, opinions might be strengthen toward Christianity, but some will be weakened and changed. This is a net win for atheism.

  2. I’m pretty psyched! I bought two tickets earlier, but I have to find a second person to go with me. Oddly enough, I found out that my two seats are right next to the seats of one of my friends on Twitter who bought her and her husband’s tickets earlier today as well!

  3. I’m not sure if Samford really knows what they are in for. by what i’ve seen and read by Hitchens he doesnt pull any punches and will not hesitate to drop the “f-bomb” for emphasis.
    Apparently he has debated this guy before and i think its on youtube. you guys should put it in the description above.
    Thanks for the Link by the way.

  4. Dawkins Dennett Harris + Hitchens are my Heroes!!

    I read god is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything byt Hitchens first + loved it! The the god Delusion by Dawkins – Brilliant!! + just finished End of Faith by Sam Harris – he tells it like it is!!***********

    Next up is Breaking the Spell by Dennett + also finishing off The Portable Atheist by Hitchens which has some of History’s Brightest Minds discussing Intelligently the Joke that is god + All Manmade Phony Religious Hokum!!********

    ;)) Peace*

    On a Brighter Note Jerry Falwell has Died!! ;))

  5. John Lennox rocks! He’s outstanding with all his arguments. As always Lennox won impressively. Well done Dr. Lennox!

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