I was recently watching snippets of a debate between Christopher Hitchens and John Lennox regarding Hitchens's book, "God is Not Great: how religion poisons everything."
"Is God Great?" - Christopher Hitchens vs John Lennox debate (preview)
Video edited by a Christian site, so it's notably in favour of Lennox.
I was completely stumped by this comment by Lennox early on into the debate:
"If I failed to dinstinguish between the genius of Einstein and the abuse of his science to create weapons of mass destruction, I might be tempted to say science is not great, and technology poisons everything. What is more, as I look back at the evils of atheist regimes of the 20th Century I might also be tempted, ladies and gentleman, to say atheism is not great, it has poisoned everything."
Furthermore, I have recently been engaged in an online discussion where I am told about the many good things resulting from Christianity, such as scientific advancement, artistic movement, and constructive revolutions. It has also inspired Marin Luther King, Isaac Newton, Galileo, Copernicus etc.
On the other side of the coin I am curtly reminded that Atheism has thus far inspired no good, and has in fact done the opposite. The general mentions of Stalin, Hitler, Mao, and Pol Pot are obviously made.
I have tried to do some of my own research into this pervasive religious issue but online sites are atrocious and I'm working on my thesis at the moment and will not get a chance to read any bulky material not directly related to my research until November, so although I wont be able to get back to anyone regarding reading recommendations immediately, please feel free to suggest any decent texts pertaining to this issue regardless.
How do I respond to this debate about atheist regimes; dangers of science; and comparatively constructive, healthy Christianity?