Thinkers quarrel over Christopher Hitchens’ legacy
|February 12, 2017||Posted by News under Atheism, Culture, Darwinism|
Hitchens (1949–2011) was one of the four New Atheist horsemen. From Larry Alex Taunton at First Things:
In December 15, 2011, Christopher Hitchens died of esophageal cancer. Some remember him as a man of the left who, after 9/11, converted to a kind of neoconservatism; others remember him as an atheist provocateur and serial blasphemer. For me, Christopher Hitchens was much more than either of these things. He was, as he put it, my “debate partner” and friend.
And the subject of Taunton’s book, The Faith of Christopher Hitchens: The Restless Soul of the World’s Most Notorious Atheist.
The book received ample praise, with Booklist calling it “loving” and MSNBC’s Chris Matthews hailing it as “beautiful.” The Gospel Coalition declared it “an instant classic” and recently named it a 2016 Book of the Year winner. At the same time, however, the book evoked fierce denunciations by a number of the so-called New Atheists. They seized upon the title as proof that I claim Hitchens made some sort of last-minute conversion. As any reader of the book can tell you, this is not so. I say as much in the opening paragraph. But just in case the reader missed it, in the final chapter I emphasize that it is unlikely that Hitchens became a Christian. The subtitle makes it clear that I believe that Christopher was, in fact, an atheist, albeit a restless one. More.
Friends suggest that Taunton might have been gilding the lily a bit, but here he is, in his own defence.
See also: PZ Myers misrepresenting Christopher Hitchens?
Christopher Hitchens (1949–2011) as hero to scientists—especially Larry Krauss
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