Reflecting on the 'debate' between Christopher Hitchens and Lorenzo Albacete

Monday, my friend (I only have one – the jr. high youth pastor who is also named Tim.  Yep, I have to employ people for them to be my friend. And yes, he was required to attend with me and drive with me). Anyway, we to a debate between Christopher Hitchens and Monsignor Lorenzo Albacete.  It was a free event at The Pierre Hotel in Manhattan sponsored by the Templeton Foundation’s “The Big Questions” Series and the Washington Post’s “On Faith” program.  I received the invitation through Socrates in the City.  The debate lasted for a little over an hour and was moderated by Sally Quinn of the Washington Post and Jon Meacham from Newsweek.

The Monsignor began by expressing the admiration he had for Hitchens and that he liked his best selling book, God is Not Great. I thought this was a nice gesture but as the debate developed, his extreme kindness got frustrating for me (and for many others).  The problem was the Monsingnor kept agreeing with Hitchens.  At first I thought he was being polite, then I speculated he might be “ropa-doping” him Ali Style and was about to counter him with some great upper cut point – but that never happened.  Now, I don’t want to see something that belongs on the Jerry Springer show but this was not an interesting debate.  Nor did it seem interesting to Hitchens who eventually tried to push the Monsignor to a point of difference.  Finally after Hitchens dropped the F-bomb the Monsignor told him not to be flippant (as Hitchens accused him of being earlier in the debate).  It was a great stand that lasted a little longer than an agnostic’s prayer.

What was that I wanted to see?  A debate or a discussion or  something that combined wit and courage.  As a new friend pointed  out, the idea of debates are outdated.  He may be right, however  couldn’t we manage some kind of intelligent discussion with sharp  and articulate disagreement?   Certainly I did not have some deliusion  that the guy would be so good that Hitchens would fall on his knees  and repent but was hoping for a discussion.  In the future, I’d be  interested in seeing a guy like Hitchens “discuss matters” with a guy like Tom Wright.


  1. Tom Wright would kick his butt! Or anyone’s butt.

  2. Valuable information. Fortunate me I found your site accidentally, and I’m stunned
    why this twist of fate did not happened earlier! I bookmarked it.

  3. Superb, what a wesbsite it is! This webpage gjves
    valuable facts to us, keep it up.

  4. Exite um curso chamado WTP Brazil que ensina como fazer adesivagem hidrografica ou se
    preferir como fazer pintura hidrografica, esse curso está fazendo maior sucesso entre os amantes e
    profissionais que desejam aprender WTP de forma rápida e também fácil.

  5. Could be modified into a cheap FPV mini drone.

  6. Paragraph writing is also a excitement, if you be familiar
    with afterward you can write otherwise it is complicated to write.

  7. WOW just what I was searching for. Came here by searching for christopher hitchens

  8. Very nice blog post. I absolutely love this site. Continue the good work!

  9. Thankfulness to my father who told me regarding this website,
    this webpage is truly remarkable.

  10. Hey there I am so delighted I found your website, I really
    found you by mistake, while I was researching on Bing for
    something else, Regardless I am here now and would just
    like to say cheers for a tremendous post and a all round thrilling blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to read through it all
    at the minute but I have bookmarked it and also added in your RSS feeds, so when I have time I
    will be back to read a great deal more, Please do keep up the great job.

  11. Excellent post. I was checking constantly this blog and I’m
    impressed! Very helpful information particularly the remaining section :
    ) I maintain such info much. I was looking for this particular information for a long time.
    Thanks and good luck.

  12. Oh my goodness! Impressive article dude! Many thanks, However
    I am having troubles with your RSS. I don’t understand the reason why I cannot subscribe
    to it. Is there anybody having the same RSS problems?

    Anybody who knows the solution can you kindly respond?


  1. bán xe i10 says:

    bán xe i10

    Reflecting on the 'debate' between Christopher Hitchens and Lorenzo Albacete | Black Coffee Reflections

Speak Your Mind