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Atheist Christopher Hitchens: Best Evidence for Intelligent Design?

Photo: Screenshot from John Lennox's debate with Christopher Hitchens.

Following Denyse O’Leary, I referred earlier today to the curious but, on reflection, not surprising messy nature of the “magic” numbers that rule our universe and made the cosmos possible from the inception of physical existence at the Big Bang. This incredible fine-tuning forms one thread in Stephen Meyer’s upcoming book Return of the God Hypothesis. It’s remarkable, as even atheists admit.

Christopher Hitchens was caught on camera (I don’t think he was unaware he was being recorded) admitting how noteworthy it is. Günter Bechly came across this on YouTube, adding, “Looks like it was still from his healthy days.”

Hitchens concedes, “I think every one of us [meaning, champions of atheism] picks the ‘fine-tuning’ one as the most intriguing” of the arguments for intelligent design. He says, “You have to spend time thinking about it, working on it. It’s not trivial. We all say that.”

He also recalls a poignant story of a conversation with Richard Dawkins. Hitchens imagines “converting” the world to atheism. If he succeeded, with just one holdout left to go, he would leave that single religious individual to his faith. Dawkins, interestingly, indicated that he would not. Perhaps this tells you something about the difference between the humane atheist and the fanatic.

David Klinghoffer

Senior Fellow and Editor, Evolution News
David Klinghoffer is a Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute and the editor of Evolution News & Science Today, the daily voice of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture, reporting on intelligent design, evolution, and the intersection of science and culture. Klinghoffer is also the author of six books, a former senior editor and literary editor at National Review magazine, and has written for the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Seattle Times, Commentary, and other publications. Born in Santa Monica, California, he graduated from Brown University in 1987 with an A.B. magna cum laude in comparative literature and religious studies. David lives near Seattle, Washington, with his wife and children.



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