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Does God Exist?

Christopher Hitchens , William Lane Craig , Lad Allen  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Christopher Hitchens, William Lane Craig
  • Directors: Lad Allen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: La Mirada Films & Biola University
  • DVD Release Date: December 1, 2009
  • Run Time: 178 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002Z9JJXS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,257 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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I purchased this dvd in December of 2011 and have watched it three times.
2 disc set. The 1st disc contains the world view debate.

Mr. Hitchens is world famous for his book "god is not great", and eloquently represents new atheism. Dr. Craig is a philosophy professor at Biola, representing theism.

Dr. Craig, presents his case using 5 arguments
1. cosmological argument, the well known first cause argument,

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2. teleological argument, the incredible beauty, organization and complexity of the universe testifies to intelligent design. He uses the anthropic principle to back up his point here. There are over 100 known fundament physical constants that demonstrate the extreme fine tuning required to support life on Earth. [...]

3. Morals come from a transcendent creator making them objective.

4. The resurrection of Jesus, shows us there is a personal God. Dr. Craig expounds on the veracity of this claim.

5. The immediate experience of God

Hitchens, bases his belief of atheism on lack of evidence of a supreme being and a few of the things he brought up include:

1. The big bang and evolution with very large quantities of time explain the start of the universe and life as we know it today.

2. When presenting his case, he groups the major monotheisms: Christianity, Jewish faith and Islam into one assembly asserting the arguments based on his vast experience of debating representatives from each world view are similar

3. Since Mr. Hitchens doubts all arguments for the existence of God based on lack of evidence, he concludes there isn't one

4. All religious beliefs are gibberish and wishful thinking

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great debate November 12, 2010
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If you like apologetics or If you are an atheist it it is probably one of the best battles between two of the best guys in their field. I really enjoyed it.
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36 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's be honest here... September 18, 2010
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If we are being honest we must realize that the only reason people who gave this dvd low scores (at the time of this response) did so, was due to their personal hopes that Hitchens would do a better job of representing Atheism. This is not the dvd's fault or, as one critic puts his critical emphasis on, the production company La Mirada. Both opponents were given a change to display their view a best as they could. They both did. The same critic then goes on to say that they cut Hitchen's closing. But if he had watched the other disk, he would have learned that it was Hitchens who called it off by claiming he had nothing more to say and choose not to initiate his closing statement. Another critic wishes to condemn the argumentation that Craig used (which, by the way, I believe was not a very convincing critique). Well, that likewise is not the dvd's or the production team's fault. It was Hitchens failures to demonstrate the "problems" with Craig's arguments. Therefore, we cannot critique a dvd on our wishes that the side we would like to win would be successful. For the DVD did a good job of it's simple intended purpose, which was to record the debate and allow it's viewers to witness it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars battle of two giants April 18, 2013
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this debate was good because not only was it a debate of very different world views, it was two very different styles, and schools of thought..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes he does! August 9, 2013
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This debate is really some serious meat to chew on, but it will erase any doubts you may have about God's existence.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truth & Thought August 5, 2013
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This is a outstanding debate. Christopher Hitchens is a formidable rhetorician and very popular writer & faces off against a deep thinking Philosopher.

I recommend this to everyone: at worst it will provoke thought & interest.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clarity amidst the smoke. May 31, 2010
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I really enjoyed this debate. That's why it has 4 stars. Who doesn't like to see a clash of two well known figures regarding such a perennial question as "Does God exist?" But ultimately I can think of many debates which are more informative and more challenging. This was anything but.

First, I liked the clarity WLC gave to his arguments, and those arguments remained more or less unchallenged. As a result I was abe to really think about what he was saying instead of constantly having to come to terms with the latest objection. Yay for a slowing down of pace in thinking. So, the clearness was good, I enjoyed being able to clearly comprehend what WLC was saying and trying to understand it for myself

For the not so positive. Christopher Hitchens was just really not there, maybe this was WLC's fault for wanting him to give a reason for his atheism, and CH's reluctance to do so, but it was frustrating too hear a lengthy monologue on how WLC is not an evidentialist after all. I just wanted him to deal with the arguments clearly and concisely. Instead he misunderstood some arguments, and then asked 3 or 4 questions that only helped WLC to expound on his arguments even more. The Q and A session was not very interesting, and CH was not nearly as amusing as usual.

So, amidst the smoke, some nice clarity, but nothing much to say other than if you really want to think through the issues, you're probably better off reading a book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good debate, poor performance by Hitchens February 14, 2012
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There's no way to politely say this... Craig from the beginning is on fire and Hitchens seems very passive. Craig is on the offensive, organized, and very well stated. Hitchens just seems to shrug his shoulders a lot and doesn't answer many of the questions put to him. Craig does come off pretentious, stopping short of declaring himself the winner, but in reality he clearly is.

Even though I am a Christian, I did hope that Hitchens would have been a stronger speaker. I value good discussions, but unfortunately this just didn't meet expectations.
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