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To Whom Are We Giving Thanks? A Thanksgiving Eve Debate Between Dinesh D’Sousa and Michael Shermer. The Great God Debate Continues.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

UPDATE: The CBS story by Declan McCullagh I referred to in my conversation with Mark Steyn is here. As I remarked to Mark, every duplicitous practice ever attributed to the tobacco companies regarding their candor turns out to be true about the Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia.

There is certain to be some taxing traffic this afternoon and evening, so for your journey to grandmother’s house, a special program.

We will open with Mark Steyn, and then in hours two and three, I will moderate a conversation/debate between Dinsh D’Sousa and Michael Shermer on the question of who it is that we are thanking tomorrow.

I have opened a thread on the debate, The Manhattan Declaration and my new book at The Hughniverse.

A transcript of the debate will be posted here later this weekend. The audio will be available at The Hughniverse tonight.

Dinesh is the author on many books including the new Life After Death: The Evidence:

Life After Death: The Evidence

Dinesh is also author of the best-selling What’s So Great About Christianity

What's So Great about Christianity

Michael Shermer is the editor of Skeptic, and one of the band of merry (or in the case of Richard Dawkins, not so merry) atheists whose appearance on the scene in the past few years has led to many interesting conversations between people of faith and those who deny the existence of God. Michael’s most recent book on this subject is Why Darwin Matters

Why Darwin Matters: The Case Against Intelligent Design

Michael is also author of Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time.

Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time

I for one am thankful for the appearance on the scene of the “new atheists.” From the first debate on my program –between Christopher Hitchens and theologian Mark D. Roberts, one of the first that Hitchens engaged in on air and extensively analyzed here— to today, every one of the conversations has helped believers understand that their faith is not only rational, but the most rational choice available to men and women.

The Manhattan Declaration issued on Friday and has attracted 110,000 signatures in four days. My new book, The Good and Faithful Servant, began to ship this week, and I look forward to hearing the reactions of those who use it as a small group study guide to the obligations of a Christian as a citizen in a democratic republic like ours.

Enjoy your over-the-river-and-through-the-woods drive and the debate and have a great Thanksgiving.

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