A couple weeks ago, atheist Christopher Hitchens and former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair debated for and against the resolution, “Be it resolved, religion is a force for good in the world.” (See the interesting results of a worldwide poll taken before the debate on this same question here.)
A poll of the audience before and after the debate showed that Hitchens won over more of the undecideds than Blair, moving the percentage against the resolution from 55% to 68%. Blair was able to gain only seven points–from 25% to 32%. The final tally: At the end of the debate, 32% of the audience thought religion is a force for good and 68% did not.
Below are the first two videos of the debate (the debate proper doesn’t get going until the second video). What do you think? If you were in Blair’s position, what would you have done differently?