Friday, December 16, 2011

Christopher Hitchens: 13 April 1949 – 15 Dec 2011

Christopher Hitchens: 13 April 1949 – 15 December 2011.

Obituary here.

A sad day.


14 Comments

  1. psykojojo December 16, 2011

    This is sad, it's always hard to accept someone dying without Christ, to not reach them in time. I always hoped that mr hitchens would one day change, videos like this gave me hope http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9TMwfkDwIY. He was a brilliant guy, just mislead

  2. Greg Wright December 16, 2011

    I very much agree, he was much respected for his honest eloquence in evangelical circles. Given the hysterical nonsense of other new-atheists it will be harder to have a sensible debate without Christopher.

  3. psykojojo December 16, 2011

    It would be awesome damian, he wouldn't be the first militant atheist to bend his kneed at the end of his life. Theres always hope

  4. Damian December 16, 2011

    Who knows maybe sometime in the quiet night of his room Christopher acknowledged his need for and accepted his savior. How great would that be?

  5. This man was and will continue to be an inspiration to me. His passing is a great loss to humankind. He entertained me. He enlightened me. He educated me. He told me the truth. The truth and honesty that he espoused on a range of issues was effected in a straightforward and articulate manner. Christopher (I felt I knew him personally), from my perspective also possessed an unerring ability to add stark clarity into the melting pot which was often confused by many as arrogance and rudeness. Not so. For those of us that he did reach, I believe that we may as a result be better people and conduct ourselves and our lives in a more worthwhile manner while remembering not to miss out on having a bit of fun along the path. My sincere condoloscences to his family and to his brother Peter who wrote an equally honest eulogy.

    He worked tirelessly to dispel delusion, however I see this still persists with some thinking he may have succumbed at the hour of his death – I think not.

  6. LittleGoose December 18, 2011

    His death is a sad thing for me. I did not enjoy his ridicule of Christianity but he eventually grew on me. Unlike others he was willing to discuss these things in the open.

    It's incredibly sad that he died without Christ, but it is not because we didn't reach him in time. He hardened his heart long before he became famous. He knew the gospel and ridiculed it. It makes me sad that he died without repenting, but his blood is not on our hands

  7. Chad December 18, 2011

    I disagreed with much of what he had to say, but yet found myself liking him.

    I remember in an apologetics class I taught, we viewed the debate he had with WLC and all of us prayed that he would come to know Christ before his death. I truly hope our prayers were answered.

    He was a great story teller…

  8. Ex N1hilo December 18, 2011

    Ezekiel 18:23 (ESV) Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, declares the Lord GOD, and not rather that he should turn from his way and live?

  9. Brett December 20, 2011

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  10. Brett December 20, 2011

    As suggested by a previous commenter, Christopher certainly died without succombing to a celestial Kim Jong-Il, who of course does not exist, and whose human equivilent, quite happily, also does not exist.

    Hitch was a great man, and a great inspiration to all of us who are intellectually curious, who respect human progress, and who do not wish to succomb to slavery to imaginary beings. The notion of being sad that Hitch did not except the human sacrifice of a god-man who was the son of, and the same as, a dictator up above, one who cannot forgive the eating of shellfish without the shedding of blood, well, I hope that some day you can see how absurd that sounds to all who live outside your delusion.

    But here and now, in the real world, I hope we find another Hitch soon, but I am pessimistic.

  11. jeremy December 20, 2011

    @Brett,

    Pessimistic for another Hitch or just pessimistic about life? Both?

  12. LittleGoose December 21, 2011

    Hey man, I hope no one here has intentionally offended you. Myself included. My comment was just to point out that Hitchens made his own choice, and of course I wrote it from a Christian perspective. With that said, it seems to me that you left your comment with the actual intention of being offensive. By all means point out why you disagree, but why do it in a disagreeable way?

    And in regards to your actual comment, what do you mean by the word absurd? In a universe without God we're all just atoms and particles purposelessly bumping around. What does it mean for one group of atoms to call the other group of atoms absurd?

  13. MaryLou December 26, 2011

    I listened to an interview with Doug Wilson, a pastor who debated Hitchens on a number of occasions. He wrote a respectful commentary on the passing of Hitchens for Christianity Today and talked about him equally respectfully in the interview from Issues,etc. which can be found here:

    http://issuesetc.org/2011/12/20/the-legacy-of-atheist-christopher-hitchens-doug-wilson-12202011/

  14. Anonymous July 23, 2012

    Why do you people want Christopher Hitchens become Christian in the first place? Has it ever occurred to you that Mr. Hitchens is just an ordinary person who wants atheism to be recognized as respectable, rational and a superior alternative to Christianity?

    Besides, the name "Christopher" means "Christ bearer" – very much like the name, Christian or Christina or Christiana or Christine. So, even if he isn't a Christian, at least he has Christ in his name. Now, stop worrying.