Is religion a force for good in the world?

“Is religion a force for good in the world?” That was the question asked in a debate between former UK prime minister Tony Blair, a recently converted Catholic, and author/journalist/polemicist/anti-theist Christopher Hitchens (who was recently diagnosed with esophageal cancer). The meeting of the two men was part of the ongoing Munk debates sponsored by the Aurora Foundation and the motion put forth was simply “Be it resolved, religion is a force for good in the world,” with Blair taking up the pro side and Hitchens naturally taking on the con argument.

The can find the first part up there but here is: Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, and Part 8.

Found here and here.

I think it’s important to mention that Hitchens won, by the way. It’s nice that reason and intellect and win, even if it’s just once.

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