Christopher Hitchens came very close to elucidating why Jesus chose to be our vicarious atonement;
Why does the British national health service never run out of blood, though you're not allowed to charge for it, you have to give it free, and it never runs out of blood?
Because people like to give blood. They want to feel useful. I like to do it, I like it very much and I'm not a masochist and I don't particularly like being stuck, but someone gains a pint and I don't lose one because I replenish it quite quickly.
Today marks pray for Christopher Hitchens day which marks the day upon which Christians (et al?) will love their neighbour, their (self-appointed) enemy, the (self-appointed) antagonist, and pray for Christopher Hitchens.
While Hitchens is battling cancer; we should primarily pray for his salvation regardless of the state of his physical body. Yet, we can certainly also pray for his physical healing, that regardless of what comes out of it, YHVH's holy name will be glorified through the life of Christopher Hitchens.
“Philosophers of the caliber of Nietzsche made the effort
to understand what animates genuine religious belief…
These days, philosophical acumen has been replaced
by cheap jokes about the sexuality of nuns”
A huge thank you to Marcus of the always informative blog What Had Happen′ Was….. for pointing out that the James White vs. Christopher Hitchens debate—due to have taken place August 30, 2010 AD—has been postponed.
Christopher Hitchens is currently undergoing chemotherapy to fight esophogeal cancer.
As Marcus wrote, “I will be joining Dr. White in prayer for Mr. Hitchens. It is the right thing to do and I hope God will be giving him mercy.”
Following is an interesting trailer from the 2009 AD debate between Christopher Hitchens and William Lane Craig.
Christopher Hitchens asks whether the debate would be a David vs. Goliath situation and he states that it will be a Goliath vs. Goliath. Quite true: a Goliath of substance vs. a Goliath of empty emotive rhetoric (as an aside; you may want to read A Lie About Goliath?).
With this in mind, let us consider the specific examples offered by Daniel Dennett: Al Queda and Hamas terrorism is still Islam’s responsibility—this is tricky since the problem that Islam has in dealing with terrorism in its name is the doctrine of abrogation whereby the peaceful proclamations of the early preaching of Muhammad are abrogated by his later militant preaching.
I noted two odd occurrences during the conversation amongst the Quadripartite Equine Riders (Daniel Dennett, Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens). Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens took a step in, what for them is, an unlikely direction only to recoil as they were pulled back by the bungee-cord of their particular worldviews. Sam Harris posed the following question to them,
Some atheists cannot seem to make up their mind as to whether Judeo-Christianity is to be besmirched because it reduces humanity to lowly, wretched sinners or because it exalts humanity to made in God's image unique creatures.
Either way, Judeo-Christianity is to be besmirched; on this atheists agree, but why remains a subject for atheism's cognitive dissonance.
True Freethinker now presents various famous atheist quotes, not so famous atheist quotes and infamous atheist quotes and, for good measure, a few quotes about atheists and atheism by non-atheists (aatheists?)
As stated in part 1, the typical New Atheist fallacies committed by Christopher Hitchens during his debate with Jay Richards are further compounded by the laymen New Atheists as exampled throughout the internet. In this case, I will consider the picture perfect example of a fallacy compounder in the form of Aidan Maconachy (from his article "Christopher Hitchens Debates Creationist Jay Richards") a DHDH Meme carrier (for Dennett-Harris-Dawkins-Hitchens).
I have witnessed it time and time again; the deleterious effect of the New Atheist movement. This movement has popularized a particular polemical tactic whereby being vociferous, emotive, belittling, making assertions, and concocting arguments from outrage and arguments for embarrassment and for ridicule replace reasoned discourse.
They have been contaminated by the DHDH Meme (for Dennett-Harris-Dawkins-Hitchens).
Many people have a hard time with the very concept of a God who knows our thoughts. The issue that True Freethinker wished to address is not the question of how God could know our thoughts, the thoughts of every living person. I wish to address what I will refer to as the psychological troubling portion of the concept. That is to say that some find it troubling that God could know our thoughts so that even our motivations are known and also the repulsion that some feel towards being held accountable for their thought life.