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    Hitchens V. Hitchens

    By kyle | April 25, 2010

    Peter Hitchens takes on Christopher Hitchens in a new book that makes the case for God. Apparently the last time the brothers aired their differences publicly, they nearly came to blows. I’d buy a ticket to that.

    Topics: Books, Christopher Hitchens, Religion | 3 Comments »

    3 Responses to “Hitchens V. Hitchens”

    1. kishke Says:
      April 25th, 2010 at 10:55 pm

      Apparently the last time the brothers aired their differences publicly, they nearly came to blows.

      That’s not how Peter tells it. In his words:

      When I attacked his book against God some people seemed almost to hope that our personal squabble would begin again in public. No doubt they would have been pleased or entertained if we had pelted each other with slime in Grand Rapids.
      But despite one or two low blows exchanged in the heat of the moment, I do not think we did much to satisfy them. I hope not.
      Somehow on that Thursday night in Grand Rapids, our old quarrels were, as far as I am concerned, finished for good. Just at the point where many might have expected –and some might have hoped – that we would rend and tear at each other, we did not.
      Both of us, I suspect, recoiled from such an exhibition, which might have been amusing for others, because we were brothers –but would have been wrong, because we are brothers.
      At the end I concluded that, while the audience perhaps had not noticed, we had ended the evening on better terms than either of us might have expected. This was, and remains, more important to me than the debate itself.

    2. KS Says:
      April 26th, 2010 at 10:35 am

      There is an interesting short video interview with Peter Hitchens at I first heard about his new book there about a month ago.

    3. Kyle Says:
      April 26th, 2010 at 11:56 am

      I noted that article by P. Hitchens too….it was a secondhand reviewer who said the two nearly came to blows. I suppose the matter is subject to some debate, but it is interesting that Peter acknowledges things got heated enough to cause him to swear off debating the matter with Christopher in public again.