Christopher Hitchens' lies do atheism no favors

Jun 23, 2013 Full story: Salon 14

While a scientist like Richard Dawkins might be forgiven for not having his philosophic/aesthetic house in order, no such tolerance should be allowed for his notorious comrade-in-arms Christopher Hitchens.

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“I Am No One Else”

Since: Apr 12

Seattle

#1 Jun 23, 2013
Scumbag, the author of this article. No respect for a man who went through more than most humans could fathom, and still kept on going to the very end, fighting something that drags people to the depths of despair. Scumbag of an author who attacks a man that was rational, reasonable, and even very proper to the last day of his life. No respect for the dead, the author posses, the result of believing that no one dies, the flaw produced by the believe that there is another life beyond the grave.

“My hand is over my crotch.”

Since: Jan 10

It's time to put it to use

#2 Jun 24, 2013
This article is detestable and shameful.

“you must not give faith”

Since: Jul 12

Nottingham, UK

#3 Jun 25, 2013
This made me stop reading.
"In the process, however, virtually all of the real history of religious thought, as well as historical and textual scholarship, is simply ignored as if it never existed. Not for Hitchens the rich cross-cultural fertilization of the Levant by Helenistic, Jewish, and Manichaean thought. Not for Hitchens the transformation of a Jewish heretic into a religion that Nietzsche called “Platonism for the masses.” Not for Hitchens the fascinating theological fissures in the New Testament between Jewish, Gnostic, and Pauline doctrines. Not for Hitchens the remarkable journey of the first Christian heresy, Arianism, spiritual origin of our own thoroughly liberal Unitarianism.(Newton was an Arian and anti-Trinitarian, which made his presence at Trinity College permanently awkward.) Not for Hitchens the sublime transformation of Christian thought into the cathartic spirituality of German Idealism/ Romanticism and American Transcendentalism. And, strangely, not for Hitchens the existential Christianity of Kierkegaard, Dostoevsky, Karl Jaspers, Paul Tillich, Martin Buber, and, most recently, the religious turn of poststructural thought in Jacques Derrida and Slavoj Žižek.(All of these philosophers sought what Žižek calls Christianity’s “perverse core.”) And it’s certainly not that he didn’t have the opportunity to acknowledge these intellectual and spiritual traditions. At one point he calls the story of Abraham and Isaac “mad and gloomy,” a “frightful” and “vile”“delusion,” but sees no reason to mention Kierkegaard’s complex, poetic, and deeply felt philosophical retelling of the story in “Fear and Trembling”. In this way, Hitchens is often as much a textual literalist as the fundamentalists he criticizes."
Most of this has simply relevance to Hitchens’ argument which is that one can get deep thought without religion and that you will have less constraints without it as well.
But the part where Curtis White criticises Hitchens “as much a textual literalist as the fundamentalists” is the most absurd thing I have read from a fellow atheist. The massage of Abraham and Isaac’s long and gloomy walk is that one must be willing to do anything for God. The massage is evil with or without Sřren Kierkegaard’s look at Abraham’s thought process.

“And I won't watch this anymore”

Since: Jun 10

the alternate future

#4 Jun 25, 2013
Hitchens was a remarkable and honest man. I read his book and I loved his integrity, his reasoning and his courage to face the truth even if it meant losing friends who believed differently from him. He invited critics everywhere. He was a sort of modern-day Voltaire, don't you think? He bravely faced authority and criticized religious authorities and had many death threats and escaped with his life, only to lose it to cancer. If he had stayed away from smoking and drinking, we would still have him today.

Critics like that one above were what made Hitchens satisfied. He knew people would condemn him for his atheism, but he was not afraid to come out and say who he was as a person, and for that he has my respect. The people who dislike him are probably religious people who were "hurt" by his comments.
Siro

Brisbane, Australia

#5 Jul 2, 2013
Hitchens was nothing but a high living marxist poofter

“you must not give faith”

Since: Jul 12

Leicester, UK

#6 Jul 2, 2013
Siro wrote:
Hitchens was nothing but a high living marxist poofter
Not only are you homophobic but you are also saying the man who let himself get waterboarded lived a cushy lifestyle.

This man did't just have some guts but was a bloody legend and you would do better by living to some of his ideals

“I Am No One Else”

Since: Apr 12

Seattle

#7 Jul 2, 2013
Siro wrote:
Hitchens was nothing but a high living marxist poofter
Your jealousy is showing again.
LCNLin

United States

#8 Nov 13, 2013
KittenKoder wrote:
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Your jealousy is showing again.
Sad KittenKoder seems gone from the thread.
Hope that she is well

Since: Jun 07

Location hidden

#9 Nov 13, 2013
LCNLin wrote:
<quoted text>
Sad KittenKoder seems gone from the thread.
Hope that she is well
After the main creationist diarrhea has stopped, there is always the little drip to contend with.
LCNLin

United States

#10 Nov 13, 2013
KittenKoder posted that she was ill,
concerned about her health and well being
LCNLin

United States

#11 Nov 13, 2013
Scatology or coprology is the study of feces.
-Skeptic- wrote:
<quoted text>
After the main creationist diarrhea has stopped, there is always the little drip to contend with.
Scatology and feces seem on your mind?

Since: Jun 07

Location hidden

#12 Nov 13, 2013
LCNLin wrote:
Scatology or coprology is the study of feces.
<quoted text>
Scatology and feces seem on your mind?
Do you believe in that study? or do you deny it like you deny evolution?

Do you believe god made sh*t or do you believe sh*t evolved?
LCNLin

United States

#14 Nov 17, 2013
-Skeptic- wrote:
<quoted text>
Do you believe in that study? or do you deny it like you deny evolution?
Do you believe god made sh*t or do you believe sh*t evolved?
LOL

Since: Jun 07

Location hidden

#15 Nov 18, 2013
Siro wrote:
Hitchens was nothing but a high living marxist poofter
Classy creationists attack dead people now. Echos of Westbro Baptist in this cult.

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