Collision: Is Christianity Good for the World?

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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 BowlThe Battle For L.A.Godmoney).


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.”


Christopher Hitchens (b. April 13, 1949) is a popular political journalist and the author of several books, including God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything. Hitchens is regarded as one of the most fundamental figures of modern atheism. A regular contributor to Vanity FairThe Atlantic Monthly and Slate, Hitchens also appears regularly on The Daily ShowCharlie Rose,Washington Journal, and Real Time with Bill Maher. He was named one of the US’s "25 Most Influential Liberals” by Forbes and one of the world’s “Top 100 Public Intellectuals” by Foreign Policy. Hitchens lives in Washington, DC. 
Douglas Wilson (b. June 18, 1953) is a pastor of Christ Church, editor of Credenda/Agenda magazine, and a Senior Fellow at New Saint Andrews College. A prolific writer, he is the author of many books, including The Case for Classical Christian EducationLetter from a Christian CitizenReforming Marriage and Heaven Misplaced: Christ’s Kingdom on Earth. Wilson lives in Moscow, Idaho.

Darren Doane is a Los Angeles-based independent filmmaker. Doane made his name as a music video director. His work for Blink-182, AFI, Jimmy Eat World and Pennywise is credited for helping bring punk rock into the mainstream in the 1990s. His previous documentary film, The Battle For LA, explored the underground battle rap scene in Los Angeles. Doane is currently in production on the documentary film To Be Born Again about legendary musician Van Morrison and has also written and directed several feature films, including Godmoney42K and Black Friday

Director: Darren Doane
Producers: David Hagopian, Gary DeMar, Josh Karchmer
Executive Producers: Aaron Rench, N.D. Wilson
Co-Producer: Aaron Flynn
Production Companies: Crux Pictures, Gorilla Poet Productions, LEVEL4
Distributor: LEVEL4
Editor: Aaron Flynn
2nd Unit Directors: Peter King, Aaron Flynn
Sound Design: Matthew Lee
Post Supervisor: Billy Maddox II


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

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