Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Christopher Hitchens vs. John Lennox: Can Atheism Save Europe?

UPDATE: The video is no longer available

From Amazon:
Should atheism replace Christianity in Europe? A new Europe is emerging from the old order and with it, a modern version of an old philosophy. Christopher Hitchens and Professor John Lennox debate whether or not Europe should jettison its religious past and welcome the 'New Atheism' at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland in August 2008. Dubbed the 'New Atheism' advocates are calling for the abandonment of Europe's religious heritage and the adoption of an aggressive secularism. Religion is detrimental to society, they argue. Indeed, in the words of Christopher Hitchens, it 'poisons everything.' Some, such as Professor John Lennox, strongly disagree. They maintain that, far from undermining society, the preservation of religious thought, and Christianity in particular, is vital to the survival of Western civilization. All this leads to the inevitable questions: Should atheism replace Christianity in Europe? Does atheism have a better record that Christianity? And finally: Where would the New Atheism lead the New Europe? More
(Thanks Ivan)

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