R.I.P Hitch

Christopher Hitchens 1949 – 2011

Christopher Hitchens died today at the age of 62. After reading his rather harrowing piece in Vanity Fair last week (found here) I realised that he may not be with us for much longer, I didn’t think it would be this soon though. Long may he live on through his prolific writings. I hope that he was not in too much pain.

 

“Faith is the surrender of the mind; it’s the surrender of reason, it’s the surrender of the only thing that makes us different from other mammals. It’s our need to believe, and to surrender our skepticism and our reason, our yearning to discard that and put all our trust or faith in someone or something, that is the sinister thing to me. Of all the supposed virtues, faith must be the most overrated.”

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3 responses to “R.I.P Hitch

  1. Dean

    I cannot help but wonder when the rumours of a death-bed conversion of sorts to Christianity will begin to surface. While he obviously DIDN’T, it seems that a great many Christians would love such a lie to surface. I’m tired of hearing Christians lie about such things, as Hitchens himself noted. E.g. the lies about Darwin’s or Thomas Paine’s death-bed conversion, and so on.

    Here is a truism from Hitch that you may enjoy > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XH6iIeYgrnE

    All the best.

    ~~ L.N. ~~

    • Doctor Bad Sign

      Indeed, I would hope that they would have enough respect not to spread such lies, but as you point out that hasn’t stopped them doing it in the past.

      Thanks for the video, I enjoyed it.

      Take care

  2. I cannot help but wonder when the rumours of a death-bed conversion of sorts to Christianity will begin to surface. While he obviously DIDN’T, it seems that a great many Christians would love such a lie to surface. I’m tired of hearing Christians lie about such things, as Hitchens himself noted. E.g. the lies about Darwin’s or Thomas Paine’s death-bed conversion, and so on.
    +1

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