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Berlinksi / Hitchens Debate: Does Atheism Poison Everything? (Fixed Point Foundation Films Series)

Berlinksi / Hitchens Debate: Does Atheism Poison Everything? (Fixed Point Foundation Films Series)

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In front of a sold-out crowd of 1,200 in Birmingham, Alabama, Christopher Hitchens, famed atheist and author of God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, debates Dr. David Berlinski, Paris mathematician and author of The Devil's Delusion: Atheism and its Scientific Pretensions.

Hitchens and others of the "New Atheism" movement have called for the annihilation of religion in order to establish a purely secular society. Berlinski, who describes himself as "a secular Jew and an agnostic" takes the position that a society absent of religious influence is not the kind of place where most of us would want to live.

So the question stands: is a purely secular society preferable to a religious one? Ultimately, this is a question of importance to everyone. Whether a given society is with or without a religious influence affects people of all persuasions, not just Christians and atheists.

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In front of a sold-out crowd of 1,200 in Birmingham, Alabama, Christopher Hitchens, famed atheist and author of God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, debates Dr. David Berlinski, Paris mathematician and author of The Devil's Delusion: Atheism and its Scientific Pretensions.

Hitchens and others of the "New Atheism" movement have called for the annihilation of religion in order to establish a purely secular society. Berlinski, who describes himself as "a secular Jew and an agnostic" takes the position that a society absent of religious influence is not the kind of place where most of us would want to live.

So the question stands: is a purely secular society preferable to a religious one? Ultimately, this is a question of importance to everyone. Whether a given society is with or without a religious influence affects people of all persuasions, not just Christians and atheists.
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Meet the Authors

David Berlinski

David Berlinski is the author of three novels and four works of nonfiction, including the bestselling A Tour of the Calculus. Berlinski received his Ph.D. from Princeton University and is a regular contributor to Commentary and Forbes ASAP. He lives in Paris.

Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Eric Hitchens (born April 13, 1949) is an English-American author, journalist, literary critic, and apologist for atheism. He has been a columnist at Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, World Affairs, The Nation, Slate, Free Inquiry, and a variety of other media outlets. He currently lives in Washington, D.C.

Hitchens is a political observer, polemicist and self styled political radicalist whose books - the latest being God Is Not Great - have made him a staple of talk shows and lecture circuits. In 2009 Hitchens was listed by Forbes magazine as one of the "25 most influential liberals in U.S. media." The same article noted, though, that he would "likely be aghast to find himself on this list".
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