I miss Christopher Hitchens

Gotta keep working until I can debate half as well as Hitch.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Lyfa

    I miss Hitch too. Always a blast to watch in interviews and debates. One of the smartest people I’ve heard.

  • baal

    I love his sincerity and passion. His absolute reaming of D’Souza is particularly smile worthy :).

  • skepticallydenpa

    Hitchens was unarguably one of my favorite debaters. His words were clear and sharp. He was an asshole and an enormously caring person. I only wish I could have met him before his untimely death.

  • Ryan

    Nobody will ever be half as badass as Hitchens. Those elements that are so familiar in his works, that disarming sense of humour, that forked lightning wit, that deeply charming accent, and an unbreakable respect for the written word, all combined to turn that man into an unstoppable force. Even the things I disagreed with him about, fundamentally, always took a severe beating when he made his point.

  • Kevin K

    I love how he cuts through the presuppositionalist nonsense.

    Assume for a minute that you can prove that a man was tortured, crucified, and then actually rose from the dead. How does that prove he was the son of god?

    All your work is still ahead of you.

    And, your know, there’s something I like about having Hitchens appear like this — immortal in a sense.

    Neither forgotten nor gone.

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    I wish Hitchens had lived lived long enough to read this: I used to cackle like a a hen listening to him pluck D’Souza.

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    Hitch wasn’t so very good at “I was wrong”* and, I believe JT’s done OK in that department. Carry on.

    *admittedly he didn’t have much practice but in the areas where he needed to, ouch!

  • Lazlo’s Other

    I miss Hitchens. He wasn’t perfect but no one is, and he was a lot closer than me.

  • B-Lar

    He was the first famous person that I mourned since Bill Hicks.

    If you want to steal his art, his book “Letters to a young contrarian” is worth 10 times the cost. You will get different things out of it each read. It will shake you as an activist.

  • EdW

    I was at the debate that the last clip came from, in Dallas. It was the first religious debate I’d ever attended, and I went alone, because I didn’t know how to find the atheist groups that I knew would be there. It was remarkable to watch this frail, tired man suddenly come to life — the fire and passion was still there, just beneath the surface. When I cheered, I was alone in my quarter of the megachurch, but I cheered all the same.

    Hitchens was probably the biggest influence in my path to atheism and freethought. I’ve watched every debate available online, hours and hours of talks and interviews. The man was a force of nature, flawed but fearless in his devotion to the ideal of truth. But I never discussed his ideas with friends or family, I had nobody in my circles who even knew of my atheism.

    When he died, I had nobody to share my mourning with. How could anyone close to me understand? He had been such a profound part of my life, but I had never met him. How could they understand the guilt I felt in being a closet atheist, when Hitch had been so brazen?

    Even in death, I felt Hitch was teaching me a lesson. We need communities of people who are like us, who can understand the personal turmoil of losing faith and finding faithlessness.

    I’m still adjusting to the weird reality of a world that includes atheism outside of my own head, but it’s a nicer, happier, and better world. And for me, that’s thanks to Hitch.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1026278850 carinade almeida

    When people ask me why I am an atheist I generally give simple answers. What I would do to be as good at explaining the sheer nonsense of it all with such ease.

    As I listen through “God is not Great” again and again I remain amazed at the absolute clarity he brings to the argument.