HITCHENS AT MITCHELL HOUSE: âWait, Iâm thinking â¦ nope, I still donât believe in God.â
Contrarian author Christopher Hitchens visited the Margaret Mitchell House last Thursday to promote his new book, God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything. The main attraction: two invigorating intercourses between Hitchens and Emory Christian ethics professor Timothy Jackson. The subject: the existence of God and the worthiness of religion.
The two men covered a lot of ground, including the bombing of Nagasaki, Adolf Hitler, evolution, the Ten Commandments and religion in politics. Hitchens, as expected, lobbed a couple of rhetorical bombs. He called the Rev. Jerry Falwell, who had died the previous day, âa big tub of crap.â He questioned Martin Luther King Jr.âs commitment to Christianity. And he mocked his debate opponentâs professorship, calling it a âvery modestâ job.
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