ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - More than 6,000 people were expected to attend Thursday evening’s sold out debate at the University of Central Florida between Christopher Hitchens, atheist author, and Dinesh D`Souza, religious apologist.
Hitchens is an avid proponent of atheism, and has written several controversial books, including “God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything” and “The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice.” His keen sense of humor and dry wit have made him a popular speaker and columnist.
“While it may not be said that God does not exist, there is no plausible reason ever advanced by any primate of mammal that he does, or it does, or she does or ‘x’ does,” Hitchens told the crowd.
Souza is a religious supporter and defends the conservative ideology he associates with the major world religions, particularly Christianity. He has written several books, including "Whats So Great About Christianity" and “The Enemy at Home: The Cultural Left and It`s Responsibility for 9/11.” His speaking style is clean, optimistic, and slightly visionary.
“It’s useful to challenge this ‘new atheism,’ but my way of challenging it is not by appealing to the bible or revelation, but to challenge it on the basis of reason alone” said D`Souza. “So I am meeting the atheists on their own ground.”
This was not the first public debate between Hichens and D
Souza . Previous debates include "Is Christianity the Problem?" at Kings College and “God on Trial” at the University of Colorado. Both debates provoked intense discussion, not only during the debates, but for some time afterward.
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