The full debate between Christopher Hitchens (who I interviewed earlier this year) and Tony Blair is now available to watch online. The pair debated whether religion was a force for good in the world.
So, for the many of you who have already read the full transcript, here are their opening statements. Hitchens begins speaking at 04:58 and Blair begins at 12:26. The reminder of Blair's opening statement is included in the second video, which also features a rebuttal from each man.
In a vote after the debate, 68 per cent of the audience sided with Hitchens and 32 per cent with Blair. Now you've got a chance to make your own mind up.

Christopher Hitchens: opening statement

Tony Blair: opening statement