View Full Version : Religion a force for good in the world? Blair vs Hitch

11-28-2010, 01:11 PM

11-28-2010, 01:34 PM

Thanks for the reminder. For convenience, for anyone interested, here are the links to the nine parts:

Part 1 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xIfqXZuRcA), Part 2 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JDCHPF8m7g), Part 3 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wq9RO3RMrtU), Part 4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OTXl4ugxzM), Part 5 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHVwT3Yf3g4), Part 6 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVD0yU9-v60), Part 7 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoIcoP-U2pQ), Part 8 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBzhF8nuhSY), Part 9 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZjggrwXxUw).

[Added] All nine segments embedded in one post (http://bjkeefe.blogspot.com/2010/11/christopher-hitchens-debates-tony-blair.html), if anyone wants.

12-12-2010, 01:40 PM
Just a brief follow up on the general topic of whether religion is a force for good in the world. The debate was excellent. Hitchens was at his best, impeccable and polished. Blair also tried the best he could, but he was in a very difficult spot of defending religion while remaining within the boundaries of rationalism.

But, the follow up is about some of the grave problems that religious entities can create, some due to corruption that takes their leaders to cover up despicable acts (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/12/11/wikileaks-vatican-pressur_n_795334.html), or due to the hatred that is poured out in the name of religion (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/12/09/elizabeth-edwards-funeral-westboro-baptist-church_n_794333.html). In the latter, notice the sign about breast cancer.

I truly hope that those people that hold the charitable and compassionate principles of religion take steps to clean their own groups from this kind of corruption and hatred.