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The Great God Debate: Christopher Hitchens and Rabbi David Wolpe

This is not a GWH event, but members may be interested in attending. I don't know how many tickets are left.
Tickets can be purchased here. Sparks fly when ardent atheist Christopher Hitchens goes toe-to-toe with Rabbi David Wolpe on the biggest questions of all: Does God exist? Is religion a force for good or evil in the world? Can ancient texts be squared with modern science? Can morality be divorced from religion? How important is God to Jewish identity? Christopher Hitchens is one of the most prominent and controversial writers in the media today and the author of the bestselling book God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything. David Wolpe, Rabbi of Temple Sinai in Los Angeles, was named the #1 Pulpit Rabbi in America by Newsweek magazine. He is the author of seven books, including Why Faith Matters, a response to the ideas of Hitchens and other atheist thinkers. Their spirited conversation will be moderated by Tom Ashbrook, award winning journalist. Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 7:30 PM Back Bay Events Center at 180 Berkeley St. on the corner of Berkeley and Stuart St in Boston.
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  • Chris "Jake" J.

    I am still digesting all that was talked about. The debate touched on the question "Is there a god?" but most of the discussion revolved around religion and it's affects on people and nations. One comment that stuck with me was the Rabbi's statement that charity comes from a larger percentage of religious groups than secular groups. That may be true, but as Hitchens suggested, with that charity comes the missionary attitudes of those groups. With seculars efforts, there is no underlying agenda to convert the recipients to their religious denomination. A good visual of this is a photo of a Christian missionary handing a bible to a Haitian and the caption, "Can I eat this?" As I mentioned, there was much discussed and the event was both entertaining as well as thought provoking. The event was video taped and will be available in two weeks.

    March 24, 2010

  • Chris "Jake" J.

    The venue for this event has changed. It's now at Back Bay Events Center at 180 Berkeley St. on the corner of Berkeley and Stuart St in Boston.

    March 16, 2010

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