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Is Christianity good for the world?
COLLISION carves a new path in documentary film-making as it pits leading atheist, political journalist and bestselling authorChristopher Hitchens against fellow author, satirist and evangelical theologian Douglas Wilson, as they go on the road to exchange blows over the question: "Is Christianity Good for the World?"
The two contrarians laugh, confide and argue, in public and in private, as they journey through three cities. And the film captures it all. The result is a magnetic conflict, a character-driven narrative that sparkles cinematically with a perfect match of arresting personalities and intellectual rivalry. COLLISION is directed by prolific independent filmmaker Darren Doane (Van Morrison: Astral Weeks Live at the Hollywood Bowl, The Battle For L.A., Godmoney).
OVERVIEW OF THE DVD:
In May 2007, leading atheist Christopher Hitchens and Christian apologist Douglas Wilson began to argue the topic “Is Christianity Good for the World?” in a series of written exchanges published in Christianity Today. The rowdy literary bout piqued the interest of filmmaker Darren Doane, who sought out Hitchens and Wilson to pitch the idea of making a film around the debate.
In Fall 2008, Doane and crew accompanied Hitchens and Wilson on an east coast tour to promote the book compiled from their written debate titled creatively enough, Is Christianity Good for the World?
"I loved the idea of putting one of the beltway’s most respected public intellectuals together with an ultra-conservative pastor from Idaho that looks like a lumberjack”, says Doane. “You couldn’t write two characters more contrary. What’s more real than a fight between two guys who are on complete opposite sides of the fence on the most divisive issue in the world? We were ready to make a movie about two intellectual warriors at the top of their game going one-on-one. I knew it would make an amazing film.”
In Christopher Hitchens, Doane found a celebrated prophet of atheism. Loud. Funny. Angry. Smart. Quick. An intimidating intellectual Goliath. Well-known for bullying and mocking believers into doubt and doubters into outright unbelief.
In Douglas Wilson, Doane found the man who could provide a perfect intellectual, philosophical, and cinematic counterpoint to Hitchens' position and style. A trained philosopher and and deft debater. Big, bearded, and jolly. A pastor, a contrarian, a humorist--an unintimidated outsider, impossible to bully, capable of calling Hitchens a puritan (over a beer).
It was a collision of lives.
What Doane didn’t expect was how much Hitchens and Wilson would have in common and the respectful bond the new friend/foes would build through the course of the book tour. “These guys ended up at the bar laughing, joking, drinking. There were so many things that they had in common”, according to Doane. “Opinions on history and politics. Literature and poetry. They agreed on so many things. Except on the existence of God.”
Collision: The Official Study Guide makes the topics and arguments of the debate accessible for study in all forms—small groups, Sunday schools, Christian schools, homeschools, and beyond. Bringing order to a chaos of debate, Collision: The Official Study Guide draws together related segments of Collision, analyzes the arguments, compares and contrasts worldviews, and provides hundreds of thought-provoking questions to guide readers on their own intellectual and spiritual journey.
"The director of Collision, Darren Doane, did a genuinely masterful job in reducing about 140 hours of raw footage to 90 minutes, keeping the essential issues in our debate whole and intact. And now Joel McDurmon has done something equally masterful—he has taken that 90 minutes and put together a study guide which will truly enhance a student’s understanding of the basic issues involved. I am really impressed." —Douglas Wilson
About the Author: Joel McDurmon, M.Div., is the Director of Research for American Vision, and is an active lecturer, contributor to the American Vision website, radio show guest, and preacher. His various apologetic works include Biblical Logic: In Theory and Practice, The Return of the Village Atheist, and the DVD lecture series, Defeating the Mythstorians. These and many other books and DVDs authored and edited by Joel are available at AmericanVision.com.
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