Christopher Hitchens’ Last Words

They weren’t “I’ve found Jesus!”

In anticipation of his final book Mortality, to be released on September 4th, his widow Carol Blue penned an afterword which was released online this weekend:

I can’t seem to access the full piece at The Daily Telegraph, but you can catch glimpses of it at Google Books. Here’s Carol Blue:

His last words of the unfinished fragmentary jottings at the end of this little book may seem to trail off, but in fact they were written on his computer in bursts of energy and enthusiasm as he sat in the hospital using his food tray for a desk.

When he was admitted to the hospital for the last time, we thought it would be for a brief stay. He thought — we all thought — he’d have the chance to write the longer book that was forming in his mind. His intellectual curiosity was sparked by genomics and the cutting-edge proton radiation treatments he underwent, and he was encouraged by the prospect that his case could contribute to future medical breakthroughs. He told an editor friend waiting for an article, “Sorry for the delay, I’ll be back home soon.” He told me he couldn’t wait to catch up on all the movies he had missed and to see the King Tut exhibition in Houston, our temporary residence.

The end was unexpected.

At home in Washington, I pulled books off the shelves, out of the book towers on the floor, off the stacks of volumes on tables. Inside the back cover her notes written in his hand that he took for reviews and for himself. Piles of his papers and notes lie on services all around the apartment, some of which were taken from his suitcase that I brought back from Houston. And anytime I can peruse our library or his notes and rediscover and recover him.

When I do, I hear him, and he has the last word. Time after time, Christopher has the last word.

Beautiful.

The Daily Mail also summarizes some of what we’ll see in his final book:

In his fragmentary jottings, published in the Daily Telegraph, he wrote: ‘I am not fighting or battling cancer, it is fighting me. My two assets were my pen and my voice.’

Hitchens knew he was dying but saw the funny side of all the glowing praise for his literary work. ‘Now so many tributes that it also seems that rumours of my LIFE have also been greatly exaggerated.

‘Lived to see most of what’s going to be written about me: this too is exhilarating, but hits diminishing returns when I realise how soon it, too will be “background.”‘

He wrote: ‘Those who say I am being punished are saying that god can’t think of anything more vengeful than cancer for a heavy smoker.’

He maintained his devout atheism after being diagnosed with cancer, telling one interviewer: ‘No evidence or argument has yet been presented which would change my mind. But I like surprises.’

There were no surprises, though. Hitchens never heard any evidence to the contrary.

Among his final thoughts, left unfinished in his book:

Amazing how heart and lungs and liver have held up: would have been healthier if I’d been more sickly.

If I convert it’s because it’s better that a believer dies than an atheist does.

You would think Hitchens would’ve found a way to get cancer to change its mind and back off… Alas. He died last December. This book will be the last time we get to hear anything original from him. I’ll be reading it as slowly as possible, just to make it last.

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  • http://twitter.com/ylaenna M. Elaine

    I wish I had found Reason sooner and seen Hitch speak live before his death.

    • http://onefuriousllama.com/ onefuriousllama

      It is perhaps my greatest regret, not meeting Hitch or seeing him live.

    • asonge

      I saw him speak to a group of Baptist school-children in a “debate” between him and Dembski. It was an awful slaughter more than a debate on rhetorical skills alone. Dembski just wasn’t prepared. Watching him tell a church sanctuary half-full of school children to turn away the “poison chalice” of false certainty was great. What was even more hilarious was the framing around the debate, including the awkwardness of all the atheists in the audience sitting down during praise and worship and not bowing their heads during the 3 prayers uttered (prayer, praise-and-worship, prayer, debate, and prayer). People don’t often realize how seeds of doubt work, and I doubt those prayers did anything but delay onset.

      • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

        The one that ends this tribute, at 9:30? 
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iR0GyYaeI-k

        He had a lot of fine moments, but that one was spectacular.  And although I know it was a mixed audience, I can’t help but think that that level of applause must have included some of the students.

        The full debate: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7wU9QJ5mOQ

        I’m now reading Hitch-22.  I hadn’t gotten around to it yet, but saw it in the bargain bin at B&N the other day.

  • Donna Lafferty

    I still get all weepy about Hitch. I doubt that will ever change.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003647978349 Tat Wadjet

      Me Too Donna… me too.

  • Kevin

    Played a clip today in our worship service of Hitchens putting a Universalist “pastor” in her place. I’m an evangelical pastor, and here’s my blog from 12/11 describing what I liked about him.  
    http://kevinchilds.com/?p=4507

    • Michael B

      So his ‘atheistic bullying’ (quote from your blog) is fine with you when it’s directed against a different religious branch? Right.
      Another quote ‘”And our universe, even down to the DNA in every one of our own cells, is obviously designed.”Keep pushing those utterly ridiculous remark – it’s just the kind of comment that pushes ‘fence sitters’ towards non-belief.

      • Kevin

        Actually it is the kind of comment that might be made someone like by Francis Collins – the guy who mapped the human genome. Don’t be more narrow-minded than those you accuse of that same flaw. His, and Dawkins’, bullying has been lamented by other atheists. Thanks for dropping by the blog.

        • sunburned
        • http://www.helensotiriadis.com/ helen sotiriadis

          if francis collins said such a thing, it would be silly, too.

        • Jay

          I’m pretty sure that the human genome hasn’t been completely mapped. And from my understanding of it it sounds like it almost definitely hasn’t been engineered. Would you write instructions that you’re meant to ignore? It just doesn’t make sense. And I don’t think I’d call it bullying. Just standing up to Religion, which seems to me, much more of a bully. Believe, or Burn versus Lunch Money or I’ll hit you…

          • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

            No, it was mapped by 2003.  
            http://www.ornl.gov/sci/techresources/Human_Genome/home.shtml  But they’re a long way from knowing what all the genes do.  I’m sure one could quibble over details (for one Francis didn’t do it on his own of course) but it is generally accepted.

        • http://thevegandad.com/ Mike

          Francis Collins is smart enough to know that you can’t dispute evolution.  He would argue that evolution is a process God made. Occam’s Razor would cut dangerously with his ‘argument’.  Why add god as a designer/cause when god is not necessary to explain it?   

          It’s like claiming my car runs on an internal combustion engine AND is being pushed by invisible squirrels. 

          • http://www.thinkyhead.com/ Thinkyhead

            That it all works from the bottom up, that wind really is the weight of the air, that molecules do self-assemble, is impressive indeed. That nature is nature. Once you grok how nature operates, the essentials of life and what’s good for it overall are clear. The future of man in space is inevitable, if only across a few planets and a handful of moons and asteroids. Can we preserve the planet as we venture outward?

            Other inevitabilities include the increasing power of computation and the ability to create organisms at will with any properties we desire. In 2500 if we wish to resurrect a 20th Century human to study the defects in his primitive brain, we’ll be able to do it.

            Knowing the future, we choose our sides. The Tao is a fine choice for anyone, you can be adaptable to the winds of change. The really interesting questions are born out of a clear understanding of the true, non-fiction, and as-free-of-subjectivity-as-possible picture that we have of the universe. All speculative questions, scientific, philosophical, and political are going to be naive without a reasonable grounding in the basics of physics, chemistry, biology, and cosmology.

            That there is no intervention in cause-and-effect is clear. The really interesting questions arise in understanding the subjective experience as it is, conditioned by the structure and health of the brain and vital organs, affected by conditioning, actually grounded in physics, a metaphenomenon which we play with through the stories we tell ourselves and the picture we draw of the world. Religion toys with that whole arena of experience, neuro-linguistic programming, and until the invention of the FMRI we have been collectively flying blind, steering by the gut and by the twinging of our chemical reward systems. Speculation building to mad assertions and mass hysteria undermined whole eras of our cultural history. Justifications also, all kinds of justifications.

            What will do the most good for the most organisms? We know, and our children know, if we only stop programming them to hate reality and fear strangers.

          • joe

            Abiogenesis has never been observed in a natural or artificial
            environment. Conditions believed to form a cell are nothing but
            speculation with experiments that have failed abysmally!! Also
            intelligence is required to synthesize, manipulate and copy pre-existing
            cellular information! So even with chemists present, it cant be done!
            Homochirality is a disaster for naturalistic origins! Life comes from
            Life!!

  • Guest

    “If I convert it’s because it’s better that a believer dies than an atheist does.”

    How sad.  To bring a hatred like that to your dying moments.  Religious or atheist, I think that alone would be a sad commentary on a person’s life.

    • LesterBallard

      Sounds like a joke to me.

      • David

         Absolutely – a classic Hitch joke that you have to think about.

    • kraken17

      It’s called dry humour. All the rage among kids these days.

    • sec

      clearly, you don’t know hitchens.

      • f carter

        You mean that Britt that was drunk most of the time?

    • Atheisticallyyours

      So right. Its NEVER good when an atheist dies! NEVER! 

    • Edmond

      It’s a sad commentary on Humanity.  Better that blind, absolutist superstition come to and end in a person who has only one inevitablility, than that we lose one more person who has learned how to question, how to recognize the limits of knowledge, or how to be free of controlling tyranny of dogmatic mythology.

      • f carter

        Edmond, you are not implying on that drunking Britt he was drunk most of the time….he said when he was half drunk, & Satan

        came to him and he wrote his best masterpiece

    • http://profiles.google.com/celtlen Gareth Lennox

      There speaks the genuine voice of religion, humourless, thoughtless, and always without that which Hitchens valued most, an appreciation of irony.

      • f carter

        Gosh Lennox, such wisdom…say more!

    • Margaret Whitestone

       Religious believers persistently tell us that we’ll convert on our death beds, so apparently they agree with Hitchens. 

    • Jay

      I it’s more subtle than you seem to think. A believer believes that they are going to a better place wheras an atheist thinks that death is the end.

      • Efjay Dee

        Then I hope he got everything he wanted and believed in at the end.  I wonder how many atheists died hoping.. just hoping, they were wrong.  It must be nice for atheists to know they have it so right, that they know it all – the great mystery of life solved. As a free-thinker I won’t be swayed by religious or atheistic fundamentalism, because both are beliefs taken to the extreme.

        • Panther One

          False. Atheism isn’t a belief. It’s a by-product of the lack of evidence from any of the proposed afterlives. We do not “believe” that there is no afterlife any more than you “believe” that there is no hair on a bald man, even if I tell you he has flowing blonde locks.

          I hope I’m correct, and the lack of evidence isn’t some sinister trick by any divine being, simply because an eternity of servitude and thankfulness to a being that displays that kind of trickery seems to me to be the work of a Devil than a benevolent God.

          Your thinking is so free that it is no longer tied to the world.

          • Efjay Dee

            Since there is no proof either way, either position is a ‘belief’ no matter how vehement the assertion is behind it.

    • f carter

      wake up and smell the thorns…guest

  • Atheisticallyyours

    It sucks that Hitchens died in the same month as my sister-in-law, and of the exact same goddamned thing-CANCER! It sucks to no end when a disease like this wins! It robs this planet of all the wrong people! 

    • ixthus12

      it’s amazing how people who don’t believe in God use His name consistently.

      • Liam

        Because attacking someone for their use of world-wide deep seated colloquialisms isn’t a completely pointless gesture at all :)

        • truthist

          But using a Name, even in profanity, which allegedly refers to NOTHING AT ALL seems rather idiotic and inane …

          • truthist

            And: you’ll never get away from the implications of that “world-wide deep-seated” …

    • truthist

      Why exactly is existence on this earth (or anywhere else) a prerogative, or a thing to be desired? What is the point of existence? Of desire? What exactly is meant by “the wrong people”? Or “wrong”? Or “right”?

      “God” terminates all such questions; without God, the questions themselves are pointless — as are any possible “answers” thereto. No right or wrong, no good or bad, no true or false, no speech or thought …

      • Pofarmer

        What an idiotic statement. We are not here as slaves of God. We are here as creatures to love and respect and help one another. “We are not fallen angels, we are evolved primates” with all that that entails. Did you ever think that maybe there is no point? There is no point to suffering. There is no point to existence. Here we are, make the most of it, asshole.

        • Yes

          Didn’t you just say that we are creatures to love and respect and help one another—-and then you call him an asshole? You seem a bit “confused”.

          • Pofarmer

            He earned it.

  • DaveDodo007

    Yay, the Hitch talks to us ‘beyond the grave’ can’t say I always agreed with him but I will always be better informed after reading him. I miss him.:-(

    • Ryan

      Just like 2Pac.  He’ll have even more releases after his death!  ;)

    • f canter

      Hitch doesn’t talk from nowhere he was a so call atheist who only believed in his own bull shit they came from the UK with holes in their pockets and got a bunch of ignorant Americans to listen to their bull shit….the reason there are no devils in hell cause they are all her,e Hitchens included

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  • Guest

    So folks, I noticed in response to my assessment of Hitchens’ hatred of religion and its adherents, there were two general responses: one, it was just his dry humor.  And two, as a matter of fact there’s nothing wrong with what he said.  Which was it?  Humor or a valid point? 

    For me, I see this sort of thing as ‘humor used to cover up a serious perspective.’  Had Hitchens at some point in his life said something that appeared to refute all those ‘better religious believers die’ statements, then one could say it was a meaningless joke.  But my guess is, like so much agenda humor today, it was a meaningful joke.  That is, it may have been humor, but he also meant it.  Which is why both responses to my observation are probably true: it was humor, but no doubt he meant what he said (with, apparently, some thinking ‘and a damn good thought it was’).  

    FWIW, I didn’t hate Hitchens.  I simply felt sorry that a man could define his existence being against something so much that he never seemed to have a pleasant day in his life. I’m sure he did, he just never looked it.

    • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

      Hitchens hated religion, and the “shepherds”.  He didn’t hate “the flock”.

    • http://www.helensotiriadis.com/ helen sotiriadis

      i suggest you check out his work again. he said a lot about what is good and decent and even awe inspiring.

      tiny examples:
      - his referring to how he liked to blood.
      - his awe at what hubble has shown us.

      you’re the one defining hitchens exclusively by his atheism, leading me to wonder what your days are like.

    • Marco Conti

      Guest, it sounds like you have a sound bite knowledge of Hitchins. Especially when you say “I simply felt sorry that a man could define his existence being against something so much that he never seemed to have a pleasant day in his life. ” 
      You do add “I am sure he did”, but if you actually knew more of the Man Christopher Hitchens rather than what others said about him or the odd edited interview here and there, there wouldn’t be a doubt in your mind that the Hitch enjoyed life more than anything. He adored his kids and his wife even more than he adored writing and making his sharp mind work. He had many friends for whom he would do anything. Almost above all he loved to sharpen his mind against the arguments of those that  value irrationality more than truth. 
      Hitch was one of those people for whom a single life is not enough, but one thing I assure you: he was a happy man. 

      As far as the quote you found so reprehensible,  it seems typical of classic, dry, British Humor. I didn’t find it funny because it’s one of those jokes that are not supposed to be funny. But from there to go on a pity him it’s a real big jump.

      Hitchens “hated” religion because he was convinced (as am I) that religion has stunted our civilizations’ development. Because he rightly believed that if it wasn’t for religion we would have been able to create a better, more equitable society. But he didn’t hate the religious, aside from those that made hate their own stock in trade.  

      • f. carter

        Hitchens “hated” religion because he was convinced (as am I) that
        religion has stunted our civilizations’ development. Because he rightly
        believed that if it wasn’t for religion we would have been able to
        create a better, more equitable society. But he didn’t hate the
        religious, aside from those that made hate their own stock in trade.

        Two words: BULL SHIT!

      • Chi

        I have been following Hitchens debates for many years now, and to be completely honest the other poster is half right. Hitchens was very depressed and thought life was for the most part tedious and unpleasant. He found joy in the suffering of others, he said on many occasions that the only thing that cheers him up is watching other people suffer. The man took pleasure in the pain of others,

        Yes he was well read and he made it appear that he stood on moral high ground, but it is hard to take his concern for the victims of religion, he constantly made claims that he cares greatly for the suffering of people who mutilated for religious reasons, i.e genital mutilation was a big concern of his, female and male. But this is a complete contradiction as he said himself on more than 10 public occassions, that he found great joy in the suffering of others, and when asked what his all time greatest joy in life way, and what gets him out of bed in the morning, he stated “The suffering of others amuses me the most” so it is kind of hard to sympathize with a beings suffering, when that said being took so much joy and excitement out of the suffering of other humans.

        He was right in many of the points he made, but think about the moral implications here and obvious contradictions, it is all bias, Atheists seem to take a very heartfelt sympathy for Hitchens, and come tot he defense of his suffering, even crying for him. They are just like the Theists who actually take some form of sick pleasure out of the thought of Non believers burning in the fires of hell, to be honest both groups equally sicken me.

        Personally I want nothing to do with either groups, I find it funny that Atheists laugh at the sheepish behavior of the religious folk, yet they have banded together and created some form of pseudo-religious cult grouping of their own, how bizarre. They have even accepted a negative philosophical stance on a single subject and adopted it at a badge-title. Why would people even do such a thing and name organizations and meeting groups on the lack of a philosophical standpoint? this is madness. I see how Atheists band together on sites like YouTube and Facebook it is simply a lack of belief in a Deity, I wouldn’t ever think of joining some Atheist organization, that’s as bad as joining a religious organization, it’s like all the true philosophers and free thinkers have vanished, you are all just flocks of non believing sheep, who idolize mainstream science and pop Atheistic speakers, they are your popes and bishops. Each decade new scientific revelations come to pass and people change their ideas of reality, and they hold the current scientific “Facts” as dogma and scoff at those who don’t conform. Like the age of the earth and age of the universe. The earths age and universal age changes every decade or so as well. We laugh at people who do not say the earth is 4.5 billion years old, and before it was 3 billion then before that it was 2 billion and before that it was 1 billion, and before that it was said to be 250.000 years old going right back to 6.000. Then in the year 2300 they will say the age of the earth is 15 billion years old and they will all laugh at those who think it is more or less. People are too dogmatic in nature religious and non religious.

        You’re all way too over sensationalized and emotional, with your groups and your labels and little tribes and culture clubs, and jerk circles, we as a race are failures because of reasons like this, people like Hitchens are selfish,we actually enjoy the suffering of others, and enjoy being “Better” than the next man, that’s why we have some people with billions of dollars, and we have people who can’t even afford clean water and basic clothing.

        We should all start putting more focus and energy into morality, and stop thinking that intelligence is the key, it doesn’t take academic intelligence to help feed the poor, or help somebody build a house, it takes love, kindness and the actual want for a brighter future, the governments have failed us, the schools have failed us, the religions have failed us, the human creature has failed us, and Hitchens is no better than any other fool on this earth.

        Me included I have also failed humanity and so have all of you, we are selfish we do not truly care for the suffering of people unless we know and love them, yeah Hitch loved his children, but he also loved and enjoyed watching other peopels children suffer.

        Smart man yes,but not a kind man, that says something doesn’t it, we value intelligence over kindness, nobody idolizes the kindness of person or is a fan of a kind person for the fact they are kind, we all love the philosophical genius, the scientific breakthrough, the pop star, the pretty girl, the rich man, the actor, the brilliant sage, the wise man, the genius child.

        How about putting love before all else, no we wont do that because we suck, we want action movies, we want shooting games where we kill each other int he virtual world, computer game trends tell you the real nature of humans, the most popular games are the games where you get to destroy things, and build empires of dictatorships, strategy games where you get to take over the world, who ever bought a game where you get to go feed the poor, nobody because that sucks and its boring, the games where you blow the guys head off his shoulders with a machine gun that’s the game for us.

        We are disgusting animals, Hitch included,

        • f carter

          you write to much and say little ….you give your opinion in religion like you know what your talking about…guys like you have a hard time in life putting two and two together…if I was you old man I try to get my shit together before blasting off into the unknown

        • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

          He found joy in the suffering of others, he said on many occasions that the only thing that cheers him up is watching other people suffer.

          Citation please.

    • f carter

      Chris would have been better to have been a truck driver, truckers love to bull shit at truck stop, that’s all he was a drunk & a bullshitter and some ignorant people bought his B.S!

  • http://daniel.bottle-imp.com/ Daniel

    I lost someone dear to me, and it was like that. She wanted to go to the hospital to deal with something related to the cancer but not the cancer itself, she ended up not leaving. Cancer is pretty scary.

    • allein

      My grandmother went like that. She even reversed her DNR because it was “just pneumonia”…ended up on a ventilator she never wanted and never came home.

  • Chris Kilroy

    I wish I had gotten the opportunity to see him in person. I began reading his books after he was already ill with cancer. He was an amazing person, who touched so many lives. It sounds like he was able to see that. May we all have a chance to understand some of the impact we’ve made on others before we go. That is truly our only chance at so-called immortality – how those we affect will remember us. Hitch will live on in the minds of millions of freethinkers, especially when many of us raise a glass. 

    • Fascantu1

       Hitchins  is not the first atheist to hit the dust, nor he will be the last. Some people are taken by him cause he was their first atheist. Believe me there was nothing new in his bloody words against religion He made money and that was the bottom line…he seldom got along with family, he was gay, went to jail for civil disobedience…any thing nice or Holy he would trash it to the bitter end. The SOB even went to Rome arguing that mother Tressa was not worthy to become a saint. 

      I f you ask me this misguided fool wanted company in hell when he died. His last words: here lies an atheist all dressed up and no where to go! what a waste of a human being!

      • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

        Oh lets be honest.  He was invited by the Pope to present the argument that ‘Tressa’ was not worthy to become a saint.

        • GalapagosPete

          If you had the balls you could have confronted him in any number of public locations and told him exactly what you thought. But you didn’t; all talk and no walk, like most Internet Christians.

          • GalapagosPete

            Yeah, because he was only around for a few decades. You had your chance, troll. What you never had was the balls.

  • http://twitter.com/phfresno Paul Herman

    Got to see him in person one time and it was after he was diagnosed with cancer. It was one of his last debates ever in Los Angeles with Sam Harris. He was a great man, one of the most influential writers and thinkers in my life. He shaped many of my views on religion and morality. He will be dearly missed, his debates will be watched for hundreds of years, his books will be read for as long as people inhabit this world.

  • Katwise

    Every person will die; we are all potential cancer victims, or heart attack victims, or lightning-strike victims.  The manner in which we die is not important;  but that we live intentionally is what gives our lives meaning.  Christopher Hitchens lived with full consiousness and intention.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matt-Kovach/1270634973 Matt Kovach

    I feel lucky that I was able to meet him

  • Marco Conti

    I just ordered the book for my Kindle. Hitch is possibly the only public figure whom I still miss on a daily basis. I find myself saying “I wish Hitch was still around” at least once a day.

    The only other person that inspire that kind of sentiment in me is Carl Sagan. Another genius that passed before his time. He also passed with the same enviable dignity Hitch showed us.

    Aside from the obvious reasons I look up to these two giants, I too suffer from an illness that will soon kill me. I may have another 10 years if I am lucky, more if I am really lucky, less if I believe the statistics. Their example, but especially Hitchin’s example have touched me very deeply. I can only hope to show a fraction of his dignity and courage when facing my own demise.

    There is one thing I would like to ask here. How would get in touch with Carol Blue? 
    I have been wanting to tell her how much Hitchens has meant to me ever since he died.  I have not been actively searching for her contact info because I did not want to impose on her, but I really have a strong need to let her know how much he has meant to me. Especially how much his courage inspired me and hopefully will inspire me to face my own destiny in a similar manner.
    Should I write the publisher? I don’t want to send an email or post on facebook. This is one of those occasions where snail mail means so much more.

    • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

      You might contact the author of 
      http://www.dailyhitchens.com/

      Hitchens himself didn’t get involved in online stuff, but from what I understand he did endorse the author of that blog to maintain the official Christopher Hitchens FB page https://www.facebook.com/christopherhitchens

      Perhaps he could pass on your contact info to Carol.

      • Marco Conti

        Thanks Rich. I appreciate the lead.

  • Ashley Will

    I belatedly discovered this post and so want to read this and journey through Hitchens’ experience with cancer.  I may have to go to the local bookstore and purchase it for sure. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kaweah-Partisan/100003590912507 Kaweah Partisan

    Finally the voice of  deceit and lies is gone…..can ya still hear the sizzle?

    • Yea sayer

      Dude. He was created in the image of God. Ironically “Christopher” means “follower of Christ.” If you believe he is in hell tears are appropriate (not glee).

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kaweah-Partisan/100003590912507 Kaweah Partisan

        he led many away from Christ, he was a willing agent of denial and hatred for Christ…..he died for his own sins rejecting the Blood of Christ…..he chose his path……..

  • Conorsmith

    The greatest human to ever and will live long in the memory of the people he so easily entertained

    • f. carter

      we are glad that you think of him in such high terms……the guy came to this country to make money and he did…..if he enlighten, it was the unfortunate and the poor in mind…….there was no money or fame in Britain for him, all in the UK are atheists in nature!

  • Luke

    Hutchins was an intellectual windbag.

  • poemsofpaul.com

    the complexity seen under an electron microscope should make anyone skeptical of atheism, there is just too much going on for life to come into being by degrees

    • http://gamesgirlsgods.blogspot.com/ Feminerd

      Actually, the complexity seen under an electron microscope makes me more comfortable in my atheism. As we learn more and more about how viruses, proteins, and intra-cellular things work, we learn more and more about how they evolved. We learn the missing steps and we gradually chip away at the “irreducible complexity” argument by reducing things to their component steps.

  • poemsofpaul.com

    Christianity abolished slavery, gave individual rights to women and established universal free will….. can anyone think of a religion that has done a fraction of that….

    • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

      Christianity did none of those things. Some Christians fought for those things, often against other Christians.

      • poemsofpaul.com

        start in 1519 with luther and the reformation… every individual is required to choose his own salvation and establish his own individual relationship with Christ… go back even earlier to Christ’s two commandments… “love God with all your heart and your fellow man as yourself”   Wilbur Wilberforce led a thirty year campaign to outlaw the slavetrade that culminated successfully in 1808…. As for women’s rights it is obviously de facto…. Christian societies gave women rights… none of the non Christian societies ever did… in fact it was Christian women that worked behind Wilberforce, presenting parliament with a petition of 400,000 signatures that had decisive impact on parliament and the king

  • poemsofpaul.com

    atheism on the other hand is the religion of totalitarianism, where the ‘ends justify the means’ is a rationale for killing

  • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

    I’m pretty sure I’ve questioned evolution to a far greater degree than you have scrutinized anything in the bible.

  • poemsofpaul.com

    atheism is the religion of personal gratification, with an artificial moral underpinning at best

  • poemsofpaul.com

    start in 1519 with luther and the reformation… every individual is
    required to choose his own salvation and establish his own individual
    relationship with Christ… go back even earlier to Christ’s two
    commandments… “love God with all your heart and your fellow man as
    yourself” Wilbur Wilberforce led a thirty year campaign to outlaw the
    slavetrade that culminated successfully in 1808…. As for women’s
    rights it is obviously de facto…. Christian societies gave women
    rights… none of the non Christian societies ever did… in fact it was
    Christian women that worked behind Wilberforce, presenting parliament
    with a petition of 400,000 signatures that had decisive impact on
    parliament and the king

  • poemsofpaul.com

    Atheism is the religion of personal gratification with artificial moral underpinnings at best… Consider the great atheists from the last century and their achievement: Hitler, Stalin and Mao

    • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

      Hitler an atheist? Fail.

  • poemsofpaul.com

    Was Hitler an atheist? he used religion, but his religion was Neitzschian, beyond good and evil… he was beyond restraint

    • GalapagosPete

      He said he was a Christian, just like every Internet Christian who ever lived. So if he was lying, likely they are as well.

  • Mike

    Christopher Hitchens sole purpose in life was to destroy faith and the soul of man. For that he should be celebrated.

  • John Christmas

    I discovered Hitchens a couple of months after he died, i was watching the “Is god great?” Debate between hitchens and John Lennox, amazed by hitchens wit and humorous delivery, I looked him up, and i felt a horrible jolt when i saw the DoD on wikipedia, i was quite upset, but i finished watching the debate, in awe of hitchens. over the next two years, I feel like i’ve gotten to know him in my own way, he is my complete hero, nothing can ever replace him.

    RIP

  • http://www.wineskinsmusic.com/ W. Keith Moore

    He was a rock star. He was brilliant. I didn’t accept his take on Jesus, but a lot of what he wrote and said should be listened to by all religious communities, not just the Christian community. I miss his sincerity and wit.

  • Guest

    Why didn’t the writer provide his last words? They were, “what’s the use?”. Those were his last words. Strange that it took an atheist so long to realize that “what’s the use” is the obvious conclusion to all existence without life after death.


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