He’s also the guy who refused to debate a representative from The Satanic Temple because “the Devil is a liar [and] why would I want to debate anyone who worships a liar”… even though the Satanists in question don’t actually worship the devil and anyone who researched the issue would know that.
In 2014, Ryan Bell, a professor and former pastor of a Seventh-day Adventist church, announced that he would “try on” atheism and “live as if there is no God” for 12 months. At the end of that journey, he announced that he no longer believed in a Higher Power.
What do you do when your online persona is built around an experiment that is long over? (Asks the guy who was known for years as someone who sold his soul on eBay.)
Bell’s answer is to help others who may be traveling a similar journey out of religion.
In 2011, Richard Dawkins guest-edited the Christmas issue of the New Statesman and included an interview with Christopher Hitchens. It turned out to be the last interview Hitch ever gave. He died that December.
The day after the interview was conducted, Hitchens received an award from Dawkins at the Texas Freethought Convention, where the two embraced in this memorable image: