Collision: Hitchens vs Wilson

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Collision: Hitchens vs Wilson

Post  JFett on Sun Nov 08, 2009 4:25 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPT3X1kWs5Q&feature=PlayList&p=%208DA858B5F10DDE01&index=0&playnext=1

The documentary Collision was recently chopped and uploaded to YouTube. I've had a nice time watching Hitchens (for the vast majority of the time) rhetorically eviscerate Pastor Wilson. Wilson, who seems very likable and well intentioned, simply cannot keep up with Hitchens point-for-point. The documentary was well-edited and I think should be a nice piece of material for believers and non to watch; it would spark a lot of great discussion afterward!

I wonder if you guys had some feedback? Perhaps on the more specific arguments being made in the video?
I couldn't help picturing what it would be like if I was in Christopher's shoes. One thing that got me was whenever Wilson brought up evolution or any other scientific concept, Hitchens seemed unprepared. To Hitchen's credit, it's far easier to make a straw man out of evolution than it is to articulate it, but Wilson seemed able to exploit some of the scientific truths to make appeals to emotion (e.g. "Isn't it worse that there isn't any intentionality in the swirling galaxies captured by the Hubble telescope?")

Secondly, I'm not sure if this is though editing or not, but Wilson was able to get away with the argument that Christopher's moral arguments against religion were borrowing from the morality of Christianity. I thought Hitchens responded well early in the documentary when he called into question the idea that the morality that we see in human nature requires a biblical injunction (but rather, as he points out, the exact opposite is true).

Overall, I thought it was a satisfying viewing.
Thoughts?

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Re: Collision: Hitchens vs Wilson

Post  cleanwillie on Tue Nov 10, 2009 6:45 pm

The link is dead by the way.. Sad

"This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by LEVEL4 (LVL4, LLC)."

Bummer. I guess I'll have to get it from some place else.

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