Christopher Hitchens and Doug Wilson to debate at King's
NEW YORK, October 22, 2008—Famed atheist Christopher Hitchens and evangelical pastor Doug Wilson will go head to head at a debate hosted by The King’s College, Wednesday, October 29, at noon. The debate will take place in the City Room at the college’s Empire State Building campus.
Hitchens is an atheist and journalist formerly on the political left and now a supporter of the Iraq War. With a silver tongue and best-selling books such as God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, Hitchens is a staple on talk shows and the lecture circuit. He is also a contributing editor at Vanity Fair.
His opponent, Doug Wilson, is an evangelical pastor at Christ Church in Moscow, Idaho. Provost Marvin Olasky calls Wilson “a prolific author, a fine debater, and the Johnny Appleseed of classical Christian education, inspiring schools across the country with his book Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning.” He’s also the author of Letter from a Christian Citizen.
Hitchens and Wilson have coauthored a book based on an internet dialogue hosted by Christianity Today. The book’s title: Is Christianity Good for the World? That question will be the focus of the debate at King’s. The debate will also be filmed for a production that could have wide distribution in schools. The first 100 King’s students who come will get free copies of Is Christianity Good for the World?, with an autograph session to follow. All students will sign releases allowing the filmmakers to show them.
This is Hitchens’s second King’s-sponsored debate. Last year he debated Dinesh D’Souza at the Society for Ethical Culture. That debate is available by clicking here.
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