Friday, September 30, 2011

Christopher Hitchens debates Barry Brummett on religion

Debate between renowned journalist and author Christopher Hitchens and Dr. Barry Brummett (Chair, Department of Communication Studies, University of Texas at Austin) on the resolution "Religion has been a positive force in culture," June 4, 2011. Organized by the Department of English Language and Literature, University of Waterloo (, as part of the Literature, Rhetoric, and Values Conference, 3-5 June 2011.

Moderated by Jian Ghomeshi, an award-winning broadcaster, writer, musician and producer. He is the host and co-creator of the national daily talk program, Q, on CBC Radio One and CBC TV ( Since its inception in 2007, Q has garnered the largest audience of any cultural affairs program in Canada and has become the highest-rated show in its morning time slot in CBC history.

In Part 1, Jian Ghomeshi introduces the two debaters.

Part 2 - Christopher Hitchens's opening argument

Part 3 - Barry Brummett's opening argument

Part 4 - Five-minute rebuttals from Hitchens and Brummett

Part 5 -

Part 6 - Is there enough art to justify the lives lost in the name of religion?

Part 7 "How has religion stunted the natural sciences?"

Part 8 - Final audience question

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