There is no God. The Absence of God: The Great Life of Christopher Hitchens (1949-2011)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Great Life of Christopher Hitchens (1949-2011)

Although the writers of this blog are currently on a hiatus, we feel it important to note that one of our great role models and one of the Four Horsemen of New Atheism, Christopher Hitchens (1941-2011), died late Thursday night (12/16/11). At 62, Hitchens had been battling cancer for many years and died of complications at a Texas Hospital.

Hitchens, an accomplished essay writer most known for his best selling novel, God Is Not Great, had just recently published a book entitled Arguably, a book full of essays that he had written during different parts of his life. While promoting the book, Hitchens made it no secret that he would soon die, declaring that he had published his essays with “the full consciousness that they might be my very last.”

As of early Friday morning, #GodIsNotGreat was the highest world wide trend on Twitter. This only speaks to his devout following and the influence he truly had on the world. He, along with his friends and partners (Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennet and Sam Harris) in the New Atheism movement set the stage for a whole new generation of atheists not only in the United States, but throughout the entire world.

Christopher Hitchens and his often controversial comments angered many, but inspired so many more. It is on this day that we regretfully lose an idol. The man whose life reached so many of us is now gone and as we let go of him, we must thank him for being the man who he was.

Rest in peace Christopher Hitchens.

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