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William Dembski Debates Christopher Hitchens

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William Dembski will be debating Christopher Hitchens at the Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, TX, Nov. 18th, on the question of God’s goodness.

“Does a Good God Exist?”

Debate between Dr. William Dembski and Christopher Hitchens

Two intellectual heavy weights will square off toe-to-toe on the existence and goodness of God.

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where Dr. Dembski is a research professor, has an article on the debate.

Dembski and Hitchens will debate the existence of a good God during a conference for the Biblical Worldview Institute at Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, Texas. The debate will be hosted in the worship center at Prestonwood Baptist Church from 8:40 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. It will also be webcast on

Dembski, a champion of the Intelligent Design movement, is also a senior fellow with the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture and an author of numerous books, including The Design of Life: Discovering Signs of Intelligence in Biological Systems and The End of Christianity: Finding a Good God in an Evil World. He was also featured in the 2008 documentary on Intelligent Design, Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.

Hitchens has authored, along with other controversial books, God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, and he edited The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Non-Believer. Alongside Sam Harris, Daniel C. Dennett and Richard Dawkins, Hitchens has been called one of “The Four Horsemen” of the atheism. A former atheist, Hitchens’ brother, Peter, renounced his disbelief and recently wrote the 2010 publication, The Rage against God: How Atheism Led me to Faith.

Prestonwood Christian Academy is a ministry of Prestonwood Baptist Church, the location of one of Southwestern Seminary’s seven extension centers. The College at Southwestern is also a sponsor for the debate. For more information on the conference or to register, visit

14 Replies to “William Dembski Debates Christopher Hitchens

  1. 1
    Upright BiPed says:

    I am so there.

  2. 2
    Collin says:

    Wow. This will be almost as exciting as the TCU vs U of U game tomorrow.

  3. 3
    Upright BiPed says:

    Collin, I don’t know if you have a dog in the hunt…but the Frogs are going to do it to the Utes on Sat.


  4. 4
    Charlie says:

    I hope you have a diligent moderator who will stop Chris from eating up the entire night with his extemporaneous filibustering.

    I pray God is glorified.

  5. 5
    tgpeeler says:

    “Two intellectual heavy weights”

    Um, pardon, but that would be one intellectual heavy weight and one “intellectual” feather weight. Wish I could attend.

  6. 6
    Clive Hayden says:


    Do you live in the area of Plano, TX?

  7. 7
    Upright BiPed says:

    Hello Clive,

    I live on Lake Travis outside of Austin, but I also work in uptown Dallas, and have an place 25 minutes from Plano.

  8. 8
    Upright BiPed says:

    I am wondering if other UD contributors might be attending…

  9. 9
    Berceuse says:

    Um, pardon, but that would be one intellectual heavy weight and one “intellectual” feather weight. Wish I could attend.

    Oh Hitchens is definitely a heavyweight, just not the intellectual type. 😛

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    Mung says:

    Wow. This will be almost as exciting as the TCU vs U of U game tomorrow.

    NO WAY!

  11. 11
    Collin says:

    My dad has season tickets to the U of U games every year. He’s still mad about the fact that they were the only undefeated team in 08 but didn’t get to be National Champs.

    I have always enjoyed Chris Hitchens’ writing even if I haven’t always agreed with it. When he’s wrong, at least he is wrong with style, which is more than I can say for me.

    I remember a few years ago reading one of his articles “proving” that ID was wrong by saying, “Why would God design a sightless fish with vestigial eyes?” or something like that. Sigh.

  12. 12
    Joseph says:


    You can tel Chris that God needn’t have created blind salmanders, just had to give his Creations the ability to adapt.

    For some reason he thinks that anything that isn’t the ToE argues for the fixity of species.

  13. 13
    Clive Hayden says:


    Check your email, I sent you a message.

  14. 14 says:

    The last time I saw Hitchens he thought he was on his death bed with throat cancer. There was even a day nationally that Christians prayed for him. The prayers worked. I suppose the Lord healed him to make him a public example at the hands of Dr Dembski.

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