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January 2, 2012

Yesterday I came across this website compiling hundreds of debates between atheists and theists. I watched a couple of videos of the late Christopher Hitchens taking on Christian commentator Dinesh D’Souza, who has apparently assigned himself the futile task of making a reasonable argument for supernatural. In a 2010 debate at Notre Dame, Hitchens brings up something that he says is “rather more marvelous than almost anything in any holy book”:

HITCHENS: All the elements from which we and our surroundings are made are from exploded stars, from the stars that blow up and die at the rate of one every second and have been doing that since the Big Bang. Isn’t it rather magical to think we’re all made out of stardust. “Never mind,” as Professor [Lawrence] Krauss said, “Never mind the martyrs. Stars had to die so that we could live.” This is a very essential reflection to be having and it dwarfs — it dwarfs the religious explanations.

Hitchens also touches on some “amazing, overarching, titanic, I would say awe-inspiring facts” in his opening remarks (watch from 00:20:32 to 00:24:00):

One Comment leave one →
  1. Trey permalink
    March 7, 2012 1:18 PM

    great reading and watching.
    its gonna be hard to replace christopher hitchens on this planet.

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