Gary discusses the film Collision, the lead up to the event, and new video podcasts featuring much unused footage on today’s podcast.
The difference between Douglas Wilson and Christopher Hitchens, despite any particular agreements on morality or art, puts them in irreconcilable positions which must be at war with the other. The positions that “God exists, and God governs nature,” and “There is no God, and nature directs nature,” directly contradict each other, and as bases for human thought and experience, there can indeed be no bridge between them.
To conduct the debate, therefore, based on discussions of the “common ground” between them would essentially miss the point of debate altogether. Rather, the debaters must analyze the other’s starkly different basis for thought and show how that basis for thought fails in any number of ways. The focus is not on mere misunderstandings, practical outcomes, or errors in details; it pertains to the very heart of ethical judgment itself. The two worldviews stand in conflict at the level of what each most fundamentally presupposes about reality. It is these presuppositions—“nature” versus “God”—and not the particular beliefs on subsequent issues that we must evaluate to determine whether they remain consistent and have a genuinely authoritative basis for truth, beauty, and—most central to this debate—goodness.
Collision: Is Christianity Good for the World?
COLLISION carves a new path in documentary filmmaking as it pits leading atheist, political journalist and bestselling author Christopher Hitchens against fellow author, satirist and evangelical theologian Douglas Wilson, as they go on the road to exchange blows over the question: ‘Is Christianity Good for the World?’ The two contrarians laugh, confide and argue, in public and in private, as they journey through three cities. And the film captures it all.Buy Now
A new series of video podcasts are available from Darren Doane featuring much unused footage from the film, Collision. Doug Wilson and Christopher Hitchens debated the question “Is Christianity Good for the World?” and the two keep it very entertaining (and educational) for the audience. Darren decided to begin releasing this behind-the-scenes footage as a video series, and the first season is now available. Gary discusses Collision, the lead up to the event, and these new videos on today’s podcast.