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Tony Blair and Christopher Hitchens debate religion

Tony Blair and Christopher Hitchens debate religion

(1:46:25) Munk Debates 2010. The motion: Religion is a force for good in the world.

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Blong Blong (2546 days ago)
Tony Blair doesn't believe in the need for evidence as proof of existence. Remember weapons of mass destruction?
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Tony Blair doesn't believe in the need for evidence as proof of existence. Remember weapons of mass destruction?
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Guest: Mick38 (2548 days ago)
Tony Blair, had absolutely nothing new to say, but still, I couldn't help but listen, great speaker. Hitchens still won, as any argument for religion is laughable...
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Tony Blair, had absolutely nothing new to say, but still, I couldn't help but listen, great speaker. Hitchens still won, as any argument for religion is laughable...
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Filmaddict Filmaddict (2547 days ago)
Religion cannot be debated intellectually, as interesting as it may be, since each person's experiences and beliefs are personal and peculiar to that individual. I would not dream of invalidating anyone’s personal and private inner self, since we all live outside the realm of others and cannot possibly experience exactly what others do, since we are also individual in our own physiology and psychology.
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Religion cannot be debated intellectually, as interesting as it may be, since each person's experiences and beliefs are personal and peculiar to that individual. I would not dream of invalidating anyone’s personal and private inner self, since we all live outside the realm of others and cannot possibly experience exactly what others do, since we are also individual in our own physiology and psychology.
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UncleSam UncleSam (2547 days ago)
Sounds like the words of a religious person who is tired of being on the losing end of an argument. I would be with you but religious people rarely keep their opinions and beliefs as 'personal and private inner self' ones. Unfortunately, the religious usually make claims about the universe and then expect the rest of us to abide by their own special 'god-given' rules. So yeah, as soon as religious people en masse keep their views 'outside the realm of others' then I will definitely stop arguing with them.
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Sounds like the words of a religious person who is tired of being on the losing end of an argument. I would be with you but religious people rarely keep their opinions and beliefs as 'personal and private inner self' ones. Unfortunately, the religious usually make claims about the universe and then expect the rest of us to abide by their own special 'god-given' rules. So yeah, as soon as religious people en masse keep their views 'outside the realm of others' then I will definitely stop arguing with them.
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Filmaddict Filmaddict (2547 days ago)
You can never be on the losing end of this debate, since all religion is completely subjective and to each individual. How can you possibly argue in a scientific (objective) manner with a subjective theme? Completely impossible!!!
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You can never be on the losing end of this debate, since all religion is completely subjective and to each individual. How can you possibly argue in a scientific (objective) manner with a subjective theme? Completely impossible!!!
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UncleSam UncleSam (2547 days ago)
I completely disagree. Religion is typically not subjective. It is usually organized: typically has doctrine and texts, some form of hierarchical structure, and it almost always makes claims about the universe. And even if it were subjective you would be able to argue against it, unless the person is unwilling and/or unable to disclose their beliefs. Apologetics for religion reaches a new low: the argument from inferiority!
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I completely disagree. Religion is typically not subjective. It is usually organized: typically has doctrine and texts, some form of hierarchical structure, and it almost always makes claims about the universe. And even if it were subjective you would be able to argue against it, unless the person is unwilling and/or unable to disclose their beliefs. Apologetics for religion reaches a new low: the argument from inferiority!
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MissAlanius MissAlanius (2546 days ago)
Latest comment: Science and religion aim to answer the same big questions - the how, what and why of existence. Science takes an objective approach - look around, collect evidence and try to figure it out. Religion takes a rather silly approach - read a dusty old book, and believe the truth is somehow hidden inside. I think you are right that science is objective, but religion is just silly and shouldn't deserve any more status than Father Christmas.
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Latest comment: Science and religion aim to answer the same big questions - the how, what and why of existence. Science takes an objective approach - look around, collect evidence and try to figure it out. Religion takes a rather silly approach - read a dusty old book, and believe the truth is somehow hidden inside. I think you are right that science is objective, but religion is just silly and shouldn't deserve any more status than Father Christmas.
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