Does God exist? Biola University hosts Christopher Hitchens and William Lane Craig

This is the video of the debate that took place at Biola University on April 4,2009. Introduction and hosting by Craig J. Hazen, Director of Christian Apologetics at Biola University. Moderator – Law Professor and Broadcast Journalist Hugh Hewitt.

Why God Won’t Go Away (Alister E. McGrath)

Professor Alister McGrath of Oxford University lectures in this video  from rfvidz.

A one-hour lecture given in January 2011 to students and parents at a leading London school, in which Alister McGrath welcomes the debate about God initiated by the New Atheism (headed by the so-called „Brights” like Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, and Daniel Dennett). The lecture engages some of the leading questions raised by the New Atheism, including whether faith is intrinsically violent, whether faith is irrational, and whether science undermines faith. Includes live questions from the audience.

Alister E. McGrath Home Page (Oxford  Univ.)

where you can access more information on his publications and lectures.

A bitter rift among Atheists? (via) SkyeBox

I came across this interesting article  by Skye Jethani titled Atheism Has Fundamentalists Too.(It was written 1 year ago, but valid today for its information. Did you know atheists now celebrate Blasphemy Day?)

If you landed on this page and have no belief in God, I invite you to read my tab at the top of the blog page-titled God and the Gospel.  And if you would like to listen to some Christian Philosophers (we call them Christian Apologists) visit this page and listen to Ravi Zacharias or Alvin Plantinga. Watch Jesus among other Gods a lecture with visual effects by Ravi Zacharias to understand how we, as Christians view God among all the other gods of this world. And if you wish, feel free to leave a comment.

Atheism Has Fundamentalists Too

The rift between traditional and „new” atheists show all the signs of a church schism.

Popular “New Atheists” like Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins and proving to be controversial reformers among faithful atheists. In a rift that seems more reminiscent of a church schism, traditional atheists are increasingly uncomfortable with the flame-throwing rhetoric of the new atheists.

For example, Hitchens, a columnist for Vanity Fair and author of the book God Is Not Great, told a capacity crowd at the University of Toronto, “I think religion should be treated with ridicule, hatred and contempt, and I claim that right.” His words were greeted with hoots of approval.

Religion is “sinister, dangerous and ridiculous,” Hitchens tells NPR, because it can prompt people to fly airplanes into buildings, and it promotes ignorance. Hitchens sees no reason to sugarcoat his position.

“If I said to a Protestant or Quaker or Muslim, ‘Hey, at least I respect your belief,’ I would be telling a lie,” Hitchens says.

A full report on the rift among atheists can be read on NPR’s website. The story recounts how the new atheists are no longer content with a live-and-let-live approach to those adhering to religious beliefs. Instead, they are on the march to demean and destroy the religious faith of others.

Last month (2009), atheists marked Blasphemy Day at gatherings around the world, and celebrated the freedom to denigrate and insult religion.

Skye Jethani concludes:

You can’t help but see the irony in this. The new atheists are becoming the very thing that they hate about religion–intolerant, militant, dogmatic, and aggressive. This only shows that anything can become a religion, even anti-religion, and twisted. The problem isn’t religion, but the broken human beings who practice it–including Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins.

click here to read the entire article.

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