24th Week PhD: It’s Up for Debate

This week for our Advanced Worldview class, we had to watch one of two debates and then discuss who we thought won and why. The debates involved Christopher Hitchens, the author of god is not great: How religion poisons everything. He had debates with Dinesh D’Souza and William Lane Craig (who was one of the editors of our textbook for the first Worldview class this summer) on the existence of God. I chose to watch the debate with Craig. After watching the debate, I decided to find out more about Hitchens because I wanted to pray for him. I found out that about a year after the Craig debate, he was diagnosed with Stage IV esophageal cancer. He died about a year and a half after that diagnosis. According to his wife, he stuck to his belief in atheism until the end.

I don’t think I’ve ever met an atheist before and certainly have never heard a debate with one before. I usually do not watch or listen to debates as that word has a negative connotation to me when thinking in a Christian manner. I chose Craig as the winner of the debate, simply because I did not think Hitchens produced a reasonable, coherent, convincing argument to refute the existence of God. Craig’s evidence on the existence of God was sound, convincing, and rang true to me, a Christian (obviously). I have attached the debate here in case you are interested in watching it.

I only have one more reflective journal post left the week after Thanksgiving and then I will have completed three courses (plus one residency) toward my doctorate (a total of 11 hours, about 44 more to go then dissertation). Yay!

Blessings to you and yours.


About Melissa D Atkinson

Online Learning Library at ACU Brown Library. Librarian for 20+ years at ACU. Ph.D. in 2019 (Concentration - Distance Education/Ed Tech/Online Learning).

Posted on November 24, 2014, in Christianity, Debates, Worldview and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. It is interesting to me as I read your post that you, as a doctoral candidate, have nothing more to say on this than you did. A 12 year old could have said that. It’s almost as if you have no opinion at all. That is more than a bit curious. How do you even think to begin a doctoral program in theology and have no more opinion than that? I’m going to guess that you’re not top of the class. Maybe I’m wrong but all I have to go on is what you’ve written in this post. Not a very impressive post.


    • Actually, if you have read my blog from the beginning you would know that my doctoral degree is not in theology, but will be in distance education. Actually, I am in top of my class. No, I do not think a 12-year-old could have written what I wrote. And, I wrote this at midnight, and that really is all I wanted to say about it. I’m sorry that it did not meet your impressive criteria, but it met my criteria of posting about my doctoral experience.


      • And still, I know little, if anything, of what you thought about the debate. So you listened even though you don’t like such things and think that the Christian apologist won. You said nothing more. To expect more is not setting a high bar and yes, a 12 year old could have written that. If I need read your whole blog to find meaning in each post then what is the value of any given post? The post amounts to someone tweeting what they had for breakfast. All I’m saying is that there is no meaning in the post, just a tweet about what you did today sort of thing. Well, that’s awesome.


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