Turek vs. Hitchens Debate: Does God Exist?

9 March 2010

Turek vs. Hitchens Debate: Does God Exist? from Andrew Ketchum on Vimeo.

Hm, I sense a trend in the current topics here. Anyway, an entertaining debate that again reveals that theist and atheist often can not understand each other because they think so fundamentally different. I felt that on occasion, both debaters could have done a better job in dismantling their opponents* arguments instead of hammering home their own agendas, but compared to most political debates from the German parlament I witness, I am not really complaining. Still, a few points I like to add:

  • Why does Turek shout so much?
  • I am quite disappointed that Hitchens does not give good answers to Turek’s main points: That the Big Bang had to be initiated by God, that without God, there could be no moral and that DNA is too complex to be not designed.**
  • I think Hitchens actually did a rather poor job, but he still came out victorious easily.

* Still, I love how American debates are basically sports events.
** My answers would be that a) how does assuming an initiator setting off the Big Bang add anything to its understanding? And where would the initiator come from? b) the interesting question is how consciousness is created by molecules alone, morale is a social consequence c) it is not.

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