Christopher Hitchens lost his battle to cancer last week. Hitchens had the courage to say and the brilliance to effectively communicate what he believed on a range of topics, but it was what he said about God, especially in his book God is not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything that garnered the most attention. He viciously opposed belief in God and unlike fellow new atheist Richard Dawkins was always willing to debate it -- probably because he was a far more likeable, articulate, and successful debater than Dawkins.
The number of Christians who’ve kindly eulogized him has been surprising but fitting. Every human, even enemies of God, bear his image. And, it’s ironic that the randomness offered by his atheism can’t explain the ordered brilliance of his ability with language. Hitchens now faces death with the ideas he had in life, and they have been judged either right or wrong. That’s why the God conversation must continue, because big ideas like he debated have big consequences. For thePointRadio.org, I’m John Stonestreet.