Where did Christopher Hitchens say he doesn’t want to get rid of religion, because he likes arguing with believers too much?

I seem to be on a roll as far as getting work done on the book this week. Yesterday, I got a cleaned-up version of chapter 2 up, and I’m most of the way done with a revised version of chapter 3. One minor thing I’m stuck on: where did Christopher Hitchens say he doesn’t want to get rid of religion because he likes arguing with believers too much?

Here’s one example, from a video taped conversation Hitchens had with the three other “horsemen”:

Do we, in fact, wish to see a world without faith? I think I would have to say that I don’t. I don’t either expect to, or wish to, see that…

Would I want this argument to come to an end, with all having conceded that ‘Hitchens really won that round, now nobody in the world believes in God’? Now, apart from being unable to picture this, I’m not completely certain that it’s what I want. I think it is rather to be considered as sort of the foundation of all arguments about epistemology, philosophy, biology, and so on. It’s the thing you have to always be arguing against, the other explanation.

Because, I think, a bit like the argument between, Huxley and Darwin. Sorry, excuse me, Huxley and Wilberforce, or Darrow and William Jennings Bryan, I want it to go on.

I want our side to get more refined, and theirs to be ever more exposed. But I can’t see it with one hand clapping.

But that’s not quite as snappy or quotable as I was hoping for. Can anyone suggest another example of Hitchens saying this?


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