The very first post on Twitter I came across this morning was about the passing of Christopher Hitchens.
Hitch was my favorite of the “new atheists” and I have discovered that I’m not alone. Every Christian I know (who knew who he was) expressed sadness over his death, even though we disagreed with him on the most profound of issues.
There’s no evidence that he repented at the end. Indeed he went to great lengths while still in reasonably good health to state that if he uttered such words on his death bed that the chemo or cancer had gotten into his brain. I hope he repented all the same.
This video is long, but worth watching. Christian philosopher and theologian (he has doctorates in both) William Lane Craig debates one of the “four horsemen” of the “new atheists”, Christopher Hitchens.
After watching the whole thing my opinion is that Craig is the more logical and Hitchens the more charismatic. Craig lays out his logical arguments and Hitchens never really dismantles them, or even attempts to. Logically speaking, I think Craig wins. But if you’re more swayed by quips and charisma, you’ll come away with the impression that Hitchens did.
I like Christopher Hitchens even though I think his worldview is wrong and utterly bankrupt. On the other hand, I’m not a fan at all of Richard Dawkins who comes across as an arrogant bully whose arguments contain little argument and lots of name calling. (He also refuses to debate Craig, claiming that the only reason Craig wants to debate him is because he’s an egomaniac who’s hungry for fame. Talk about projecting yourself on others.)
This kind of debate is perfect to put on and listen while you’re working.