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January 28, 2012

David Noebel on Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens, one of the “four horsemen” of atheism (the others being Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Daniel Dennett), succumbed to cancer just before Christmas. Of the four, Hitchens seems to have been the one Christian philosophers liked the best—he could be mean but he was also quick-witted, and funny. He was honest, too. Before his death he told Mark Hemingway that Dawkins and Harris were frequently irked when he answered “I don’t know” when pressed about what happens after death (The Weekly Standard,  December 26, 2011, p. 7).

Upon Hitchen’s death, Summit’s founder and president emeritus David Noebel said:

I, too, had some interaction with Christopher Hitchens who wrote a regular column for Free Inquiry which I always read religiously. An intermediate gave him a copy of my book Clergy in the Classroom, which (I believe) proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Secular Humanism itself is just as religious as Christianity. He never responded so I don’t know if there was anything he thought worth commenting on, but it might have softened the conversation. He was certainly one of the major four horsemen of the atheistic apocalypse, but now he knows that his atheism is not much help when he meets the Creater of the universe—an event that all atheists chalk up to chance and accident. Of course,  atheists have always avoided the obvious: God is dead, Hitchens; Hitchens is dead, God.

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