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Hello everybody. I just finished reading a tiny book called "Mortality" by Christopher Hitchens. It contains a few chapters he wrote while in hospital for his cancer treatment and concludes when he passed. The Afterword is written by his wife. I enjoyed the book very much, as I did most of Mr. Hitchens' writing. I read quite a bit from him, be that through Vanity Fair or books or other avenues.


Having been an atheist, no, pardon, anti-theist, I'm guessing not too many Christians particularly liked him. I did very much. He seemed extremely honest to me, especially concerning thinking and reaching conclusions. He seemed to not have a particular agenda as he got into it with everybody, politically speaking most certainly. Whatever he deemed right he said, offend people or not. I found that so refreshing.


After reading the book I got another glimpse, like what he was like in private. A good friend, even to people he did not agree with, like Francis Collins, the Evangelical scientist who ran the Human Genome project, and a funny, lively person in general. I'm saddened he passed away. Anything more I cannot say. Things belong to God and not my musings. (Romans 10:6 ff)


What do you think of Mr. Hitchens? He made some strong points on things. To simply ignore them is fine when not suited for such discussions, but an honest objection always deserves an honest answer.


I think he misunderstood (not misrepresented) Christian thought at times, hence reaching certain conclusions, but concerning religion in general, apocalyptic fanaticism and things, he had something to stand on.


Any thoughts?


God bless,





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There are some really nice atheists who have come to wrong conclusions. I didn't pay much attention to Hitchens, but if he aligned with Dawkins and chose similar tactics, then I wouldn't hold him in any esteem.

Dawkins is a complete wack-a-doodle to the point that many atheists are ashamed of him.

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I think Dawkins / Hitchens / Darwin deserve our inattention.

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