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Noted atheist Christopher Hitchens responds to liberal “Christianity”

When C.S. Lewis, for example, says–now, I don’t particularly admire the writer but he did have some moral courage–says, ‘If this man [Jesus] was not the Son of God, then his teachings were evil. Because, if you don’t believe that the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand and that you can’t get to it by the Way, the Truth, and the Life offered by the Gospel, then there’s no excuse for telling people, “Take no thought for tomorrow,” for example if he did. There’s no excuse for telling people that they don’t have to practice thrift, care about their children; they must leave everything and follow him. That would be a wicked thing to say–it would be like Jim Jones–if he didn’t sincerely believe that the story–the preaching–was true. It would be an evil nonsense.’

Christopher Hitchens in an interview with ‘liberal Christian’ Marilyn Sewell.

Christopher Hitchens was a brilliant man. He was a great philosopher. Nevertheless, as far as I know, he died apart from having faith in Christ for the remission of his sins. He understood the nature of Christ’s command and the authority that must be a part of the Scripture if it is true. But, and he serves here as a supreme example if he died apart from Christ, if one does not have faith in Christ for the remission of sins, all the brilliance in the world does nothing for salvation. I know a great many people who were praying for him as he drifted further into his illness. His brother came to know the Lord a few years ago, and they spent a good amount of time as Christopher grew worse. But this serves as proof: the Lord despises the proud but gives grace to humble; we must turn to Christ and trust him for the remission of our sins.

  1. overtoddity
    March 21, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Leave it to a Christian to exploit the death of a great man to try (and fail) drive a point home.

    • March 21, 2012 at 6:43 pm

      There is no exploitation here. Considering that most of this post is praising Hitchen’s position against liberal Christianity, I don’t see what you are driving at.

      Nevertheless, I could choose any person who died apart from Christ as an example that no amount of good works, brilliance, or luck amounts to anything when compared to an infinitely holy God. Hitchens is a favored philosopher of mine. Would you rather I have chose Sartre? Or Aristotle? Or how about some of the apostles? They would also serve as prime examples as those who would be without any grounds for salvation but for the salvific work of Christ on the cross and through his resurrection.

      I fail to see what point I failed to drive home that was not adequately addressed in the post. If you want to leave an intelligent and reasoned response on my page–rather than a quick and cursory one, feel free.

      But if you continue to put anti-theist and ill-reasoned vitriol on my page, I will block your commenting ability.

  2. overtoddity
    March 21, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Your entire post was essentially based on implied but never supported premises, and yet you had the misplaced confidence to use such a word as “proof” in it. Which is your prerogative, since this is your blog. However, I can’t see how my pointing out what is an obvious fact qualifies as “ill-reasoned vitriol.” Feel free to block me. I merely chanced upon the page, but wasn’t planning to stay anyway.

    • March 21, 2012 at 7:32 pm

      Such a post is not concerned with proving the presuppositions of Christianity. It is firmly entrenched within the doctrine itself. But perhaps evidence would better suit the claim I made.

      Nevertheless, to say, “Leave it to a Christian to…” is a generalized and, frankly, absurd statement, for you imply that Christians are irrational or absurd to believe what they do or to handle an issue such as salvation in such a way that is displeasing to yourself. And that us the sort of statement that does not breed cooperation, friendship, or mutual respect.

      • overtoddity
        March 21, 2012 at 7:45 pm

        Well, I have been debating theists on such matters for more years than I can count now, and I have often encountered believers willing to admit that their choice to believe was a fundamentally irrational one and in no way grounded in evidence. They seemed to embrace the fundamental irrationality of faith with even as much as pride, so I can’t see why you would take issue with it.

        • March 21, 2012 at 8:18 pm

          I do not accept that because that is an inconsistent, immature, and senseless position to take, although I do not have the time or energy currently to develop that. CARM.org is a good resource to use if you are interested in the aversion to willingly-blind faith.

          • overtoddity
            March 21, 2012 at 8:22 pm

            As I’ve already said, I have enough experience in the matter. I’ve faced all flavours of theism over the years. As immature a position as you may think it is, it is far more painful to witness a Christian try distort facts and evidence in a desperate attempt to ground a creationist position into anything more solid than mythology.

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