Atheists know this already, but it might not be as clear cut for a lot of Christians.
At least David Hayward understands the obvious:
Beyond the grave, though, our ideas diverge. David’s a Christian and he adds:
I know what happens after that is where the guns start firing. And, for the record, I don’t believe in the god that Christopher Hitchens doesn’t believe in either. I do wish him well.
This isn’t surprisingly to anyone, but for me, the road ends right there. For everybody. Anyone who thinks there’s any sort of life after that (besides the legacy and memories you leave behind) is just thinking wishfully.
And about that other line.
I’ve heard variants of it before. I never understand it when Christians say that.
Hitchens doesn’t believe in god, period.
It doesn’t matter how you want to dice that up. He certainly doesn’t believe in a god who answers prayers, who “speaks” to you, who has your life planned out, who brought you and your spouse together, who took a loved one away from you…
It’s nice that some Christians don’t believe in a dickish god. I know a lot of atheists make him out to be evil.
But New Atheists and Old Atheists alike don’t believe in a kind, benevolent god, either. And I don’t see Christians jumping to distance themselves from that guy.