The D’Souza vs. Hitchens Debate

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Christopher Hitchens is one of the most vocal anti-theists (not merely an atheist, and certainly not a passive agnostic) currently making the circuit. His bestselling book, God Is Not Great, has made a huge splash (to understate the situation), right along with the works of Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion, professor at Oxford University) and Sam Harris (The End of Faith and Letter to a Christian Nation). Christopher is a learned and eloquent expatriate Englishman who recently became an American citizen. He has written numerous volumes on political themes and is one of the most trenchant critics of Bill and Hillary Clinton (No One Left To Lie To: The Values of the Worst Family).

Now for a caveat: Christopher must not be confused with his brother, Peter Hitchens, a well-known British Christian who also holds and promotes conservative political perspectives (see, The Abolition of Liberty and The Abolition of Britain: From Winston Churchill to Princess Diana).

Dinesh D’Souza also is a promoter of a conservative political perspective (see, Ronald Reagan: How an Ordinary Man Became an Extraordinary Leader, What’s So Great About America, and The Enemy At Home: The Cultural Left and Its Responsibility for 9/11) who is, I surmise, a Roman Catholic (see, The Catholic Classics), and who recently published volume I recently ordered What’s So Great About Christianity) D’Souza is very popular in Republican circles and is an eloquent spokesman for conservative values and agendas. I expect his work in response to Christopher Hitchens will be helpful as well.

Perhaps instructive here are two volumes written, respectively, by D’Souza and Hitchens: Letters To A Young Conservative (The Art of Mentoring), by D’Souza, and Letters to a Young Contrarian (Art of Mentoring), by Hitchens. I’m certain it would be fascinating to read these volumes side-by-side.

Some have said that Hitchens has had it easy on the debate circuit of late. Hitchens has agreed to debate many pastors and, by and large, has enjoyed his blood bath. Perhaps one exception was the debate he had with Douglas Wilson on Christianity Today’s website a few months back. (Wilson also has written a response to Sam Harris entitled, Letter from a Christian Citizen.) In that light, I, for one, am looking forward to hearing the interactions of D’Souza and Hitchens.

The King’s College, in New York City, has kindly made the debate available for viewing online (though, unfortunately, not for download!).