Collision

Collision

Christopher Hitchens Vs Douglas Wilson

DVD - 2009
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In the spring of 2007, leading atheist and political journalist Christopher Hitchens and evangelical theologian and pastor Douglas Wilson began corresponding. The two authors' discussion centered around the question "Is Christianity good for the world?". In the fall of 2008, the two finally met in person when they embarked on a debate tour arguing the topic. This film follows the two as they tour and passionately argue their points of view.
Publisher: [United States] : Level4, c2009
ISBN: 9781600777257
1600777252
Branch Call Number: DOC 261.21 COL
Characteristics: 1 DVD (ca. 88 min.)

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kathleenbraden
Feb 13, 2017

Douglas Wilson is the new Chesterton. He engages Hitchens with humility and earnestness.

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Nursebob
Dec 18, 2014

Is Christianity good for the world? Religious faith and secular humanism go toe to toe as “Anti-Theist” Christopher Hitchens squares off against evangelical theologian Douglas Wilson in Darren Doane’s gripping documentary. Doane follows the two men as they embark on a series of guest lectures promoting their collaborative book and engaging audiences in heated debates. While Wilson insists all things come from God including our fundamental concept of “right and wrong”, Hitchens steadfastly denies the idea of divine intervention in any aspect of the natural world instead referring to Christianity as a “wicked cult”. However, despite the often passionate verbal sparring onstage the two men share a surprisingly civil and respectful friendship behind the scenes as the camera catches them having a good-natured argument over coffee or exchanging favourite literary quotes in a smoky bar. Highly educated, scholarly, and possessing razor sharp wits, the two men raise the “Faith vs. Science” debate from the usual level of ignorant shouting match to an eloquent repartee which is both entertaining and intellectually challenging. Doane keeps the pace hectic with a choppy editing style, skewed camera angles and colour filtering which goes from harshly exaggerated reds to washed out blues although his MTV-style soundtrack of hip hop nonsense seems woefully out of place. “One of us has to lose the argument and admit moral defeat...” states Hitchens at one point and while viewers may disagree on who deserves the final trophy the arguments presented are fascinating to hear.

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heartofoak
Oct 26, 2011

I've seen dozens of interviews & debates with Hitchens & inevitably he manages to completely banish his opponents to the fringes of intellectual credibility. Same old from the defenders of religion, but it's worth watching the Hitch-slap anyways.

roaddogg09 May 05, 2011

Christopher Hitchens, a self-described anti-theist, and Douglas Wilson, a christian theologian, go head-to-head in this wonderful documentary. 'Collision' documents these two men's debates, discussions, and other events that fall under the topic that the movie is all about, "Is Christianity Good For The World?". Both men have great respect for one another, and it shows. Both are gracious to each other, but do not mince words when it comes to the topic at hand, christianity. Hitchens believes christianity to be a cult and should be elimated, as should all religion. Wilson is a devout christian, and believes it is good for the world. As you can tell, very opposite viewpoints

It would've been nice to have included a full debate between the two men as an added bonus.

Atheist? Theist? Agnostic? Everyone will find this DVD informative and entertaining

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