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Debates: Religion, Theism, Atheism, Antitheism …

Updated: Sep 21, 2010

A collection of insightful debates and discussions between proponents of both theism and atheism. Among the theists are primarily Christians and Rabbis. Debating in opposition to religion, theism, and the supernatural are atheists, antitheists, and materialists such as Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, and Richard Dawkins.

Missing altogether from these debates are for example Imams, representatives of non-theistic religions such as Buddhism, and polytheistic religions such as Hinduism. In case you find other debates you think I should add please leave a comment with the link to the video.

(I should mention that I am a materialist and my cosmogonical position is that of an agnostic pandeist, which does not impinge on my former ontological position.)

I will keep this post updated with the latest debates marked as *new*

Some Debates to Watch First:

Theists Vs. Atheists:
Hitchens, Harris, Dennett Vs. D’Souza, Boteach, Taleb. Neutral: Wright [11.2009]

Atheists on Atheism:
The Four Horsemen [09.2007]

Christianity Vs. Atheism:
Debate: Is Christianity Good for the World? [10.2008]

Judaism Vs. Atheism:
Wolpe Vs. Hitchens: The Great God Debate [03.2010]

New Age Theists Vs. Atheists:
The Nightline Face-Off: Does God Have a Future? [03.2010]

Atheist Exploring Morality (lecture):
Sam Harris @Google [2010]

Physicist on the Nature of the Universe (lecture)
‘A Universe From Nothing’ by Lawrence Krauss [10.2009]

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Table of Content

Odd Ones Out

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All debates are sorted in descending order by date:
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Does Atheism Poison Everything? [09.2010] (playlist missing)
A debate on atheism with Christopher Hitchens, author of God Is Not Great, and David Berlinski, author of The Devil’s Delusion.

Hitchens Vs. D’Souza: The God Debate: Is Religion the Problem? [04.2010]
Antitheist Christopher Hitchens debates Catholic apologetic Dinesh D’Souza at the University of Notre Dame.

The Nightline Face-Off: Does God Have a Future? [03.2010] (playlist)
Sam Harris & Michael Shermer (atheists) vs. Deepak Chopra & Jean Houston (theists/spiritualists)
httpvp://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=EAAE2D3FFB6BCCA8

Wolpe Vs. Hitchens: The Great God Debate [03.2010] (playlist)
Rabbi David Wolpe in defense of religion and God while Christopher Hitchens argues against religions.
httpvp://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=6A88E2286BAEB70B

Wright Vs. Hitchens: Religion Equally Good & Bad Vs. Only Bad [12.2009]
Robert Wright is interviewing / debating Christopher Hitchens on morality without religion.

Hitchens, Harris, Dennett Vs. D’Souza, Boteach, Taleb. Neutral: Wright [11.2009] (playlist)
Atheists Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett debate the theists Dinesh D’Souza, Shmuley Boteach, Nassim Taleb and Robert Wright is taking a more neutral inbetween postition.
httpvp://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=7624790FA13C8F78

Hitchens, Fry Vs. Onaiyekan, Widdecombe:  “The Catholic Church is a force for good in the world” [10.2009] (playlist)
At the conference Intelligence2 two Catholics Archbishop Onaiyekan and Ann Widdecombe debate in favor of the Catholic Church being a force for good in the world, while Christopher Hitchens and Stephen Fry make their case against this claim.
httpvp://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=846BD8FE08034A9C

Turek Vs. Hitchens: What Best Explains Reality: Theism or Atheism? [03.2009]
At The College of New Jersey Frank Turek debates in favor of Christianity and antitheist Christopher Hitchens in opposition thereof.

Hitchens Vs. 4 Christians at Book expo [2009] (playlist)
Debate among Christopher Hitchens, Lee Strobel, Douglas Wilson, James Denison, and William Lane Craig, of which the latter four debate in support of Christianity while Hitchens against it.
httpvp://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=312705A7BBAFA6FB

Debate: Is Christianity Good for the World? [10.2008] (playlist)
The debate was between antitheist Christopher Hitchens and Douglas Wilson a Pastor of Christ Church. Based on the very same debate they collaborated together in creating the documentary using the title of this debate as the subtitle in Collision: Is Christianity Good for the World? (2009). You can buy the documentary from Amazon, go to the official website, or download it.
httpvp://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=4D0230F346818E1C

Turek Vs. Hitchens Debate: Does God Exist? [09.2008]
Frank Turek, co-author of “I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist,” and Christopher Hitchens, author of “God is not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything,” met at VCU in Richmond, VA to debate the subject, “Does God Exist?”

Hitchens Vs. Hitchens Debate [04.2008] (playlist)
The two brothers, Christopher Hitchens (antitheist) and Peter Hitchens (Christian) are debating each other on their differing views on the Iraq war and a/theistic matters.
httpvp://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=0B544B24A26EB702

Krauss & Dawkins discussing Science education [03.2008] (playlist)
The discussion between Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss sat down for a public discussion at Stanford University on Sunday with a focus on Science education, but the discussion also covered religion, physics, evolution and more.
httpvp://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=60FA6951C8318996

Hitchens Vs. Boteach: Debate on God [01.2008]
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach debates Christopher Hitchens on God.

Hitchens Vs. Richards: Humanism Vs. Creationism [01.2008] (playlist)
The theme of the debate is Jay Richards, an Evangelical Christian, defending religions more particularly
httpvp://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=B27C7D3E2E73EF46

The Four Horsemen [09.2007] (playlist)
A discussion among the most famous atheitsts/antitheists, Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Daniel Dennett, and Sam Harris, on their agreements as well as their disagreements.
httpvp://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=CFE979715AE46A0E

Sharpton Vs. Hitchens: Debate on Hitchen’s Book [05.2007]
Christopher Hitchen’s book God is Not Great was just released and Reverent Al Sharpton is taking upon himself to make a case against Hitchen’s proposition that religion poisons everything, which is the subtitle of his book

Odd Ones Out, other debates, discussions, and lectures by some of the same people

Christopher Hitchens: The Fifth Annual Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture [05.2010]
25 min talk by Christopher Hitchens and then a dialog with Salman Rushdie

Sam Harris @Google [2010]
He is talking about his upcoming book The Moral Landscape

TED Talks – Sam Harris on How Science can Answer Moral Questions [03.2010] (post)
Sam Harris talks about the relationship between science, human values and how the seperation between the two is an illusion.

Hitchens Vs. Wright Debate Iraq War [12.2009]
A thought provoking debate between Christopher Hitchens and Robert Wright on Iraq war.

‘A Universe From Nothing’ by Lawrence Krauss [10.2009]
Our current picture of the universe, how it will end, and how it could have come from nothing.

Christopher Hitchens on The Hour [05.2009] (playlist)
Interviewed about his book God is Not Great and his views on figures such as Mother Teresa.
httpvp://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=F5B5586AE6C032E7

Christopher Hitchens @Google [08.2007]

Christopher Hitchens: Hell’s Angel – Mother Teresa [1994]
Exposing who Mother Teresa really was, the opposite of everything you thought she was.
(playlist)

httpvp://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=2140796A12184FB2

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