I watched Rabbi David Wolpe debate Christopher Hitchens a while back and even though Hitchens seemed a bit soused, he still kicked Rabbi Wolpe’s tuchis (apparently there was a re-match I haven’t seen). I would have thought that he learned to stay away from such debates, but apparently he did not.
On November 13, Wolpe joined William Lane Craig and R. Douglas Geivett in a debate against scientists / atheists Matt Ridley, Michael Shermer, and Richard Dawkins on the topic “Does the Universe Have a Purpose?”
First of all, let me say that David Wolpe has a wonderful reputation for his open-mindedness. He even took some flack for it in 2001. As Wikipedia describes it:
You’d think a guy with that ability to show some integrity would be embarrassed to be on the stage facing off against brilliant scientifically minded men, right? But a theist is a theist, so rather than standing with the smart progressive guys, he stood with the homophobic evangelicals. My respect for him is about gone.
I haven’t watched the whole debate yet. Embedding’s been giving me a headache, so here are links to both debates: