WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2011
Comments in bold italics to the piece written by Cal Thomas on the passing of Christopher Hitchens.
Perhaps not since Madalyn Murray O’Hair and Carl Sagan has there been such an “evangelical” atheist as Christopher Hitchens, the writer and social commentator who died last week after a long and public battle with esophageal cancer.
Hitchens railed against those who believe in God. While an original writer, and smart, there was nothing original about his unbelief. Such views have been expressed since the dawn of humanity.
Thomas is railing against people who do NOT believe in God. Thomas neither possesses the intelligence nor is informed enough to make the claim “there was nothing original about his unbelief”. Is there anything original in Thomas’ claim that God exists? Do any of you find it cowardly that Cal Thomas waited until Hitchens’ death to leisurely criticize his position?
Thomas would melt in the face of an intellect as luminous as Hitchens.
They have also been answered by some of the wisest people who have ever lived. There is a difference between “smart” and “wise.” As that Scripture in which Hitchens disbelieved says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” Proverbs9:10
I have always found atheists to be interesting people because they just may be the world’s smallest minority group, one that gets smaller still as its members pass on and meet God face-to-face.
Still, atheists demand physical proof of God’s existence, as if they could bring God down and make Him into their image. What kind of God would that be? He would be their equal and, thus, not God at all.
Thomas has a misguided perception that there is something benevolent that we can not see, feel, or hear that cares about us when we die.
Evidence, alone, has never moved anyone from unbelief to faith. If proof were enough, all of the unbelieving contemporaries of Jesus andMoses would have believed in God because of the miracles they performed.
Two people presented with exactly the same information can respond in opposite ways. Faith is not based solely on facts. It is a gift from a God who exists.
Thomas merely posits that God exists. OK, atheism merely posits that God does NOT exist.
Hitchens wrote a book called “God is Not Great.” It’s a clever title, but how would he have known, since they had not been properly introduced?
That was clever Cal…..got news for you….nobody has ever been “properly introduced to God”
C.S. Lewis, once an atheist and thus conversant with the subject, wrote after his conversion, “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen. Not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”
Some people exist, however nervously, believing that this life is all there is. The late singer Peggy Lee put the result of such faith this way: “Is that all there is? If that’s all there is to life, then let’s break out the booze and have a ball, if that’s all there is.”
Is Thomas actually claiming that he believes only because the alternative of non belief is too dreary and depressing? This point of view is much too close to Pascal’s Wager to be accepted by a rational human being.
Why contribute to charity, or perform other good deeds? Without a source to inspire charity, such acts are sentimental affectations, devoid of meaning and purpose. If survival of the fittest is the rule, let only the fit survive.
That was the sentiment of Ebenezer Scrooge before his visitation by those three spirits and his subsequent transformation. Let the poor and starving die, he said, “… and decrease the surplus population.” Who is to say such a notion is wrong without a standard by which to judge wrong.
To object to God is to create morality from a Gallup Poll. In Gallup We Trust doesn’t have the same authority.
Hitchens was a gifted writer, but who gave him the gift? Why was he not a gifted actor, surgeon or athlete? Why was he not talentless? Was it an evolutionary accident, which would mean his gift and his life were meaningless and merely a “chasing after the wind”? SeeEcclesiastes. Apparently he thought so.
Thomas falls prey to a classical non sequitur. First he erroneously assumes “life is a gift”, Second he is arrogant enough to believe that the human animal has a special place in the universe. I doubt that Cal is pliable enough to get that “the only thing special about humans is that they think they are special”.
An atheist will tell you he doesn’t need God in order to be good, or perform good works. Maybe not, but the very notion of “good” must have both a definition and a definer. “Only God is good,” said Jesus. Mark10:18
Who is the author of evil? And if God is nonexistent, why do we call it evil? Is one person’s evil another person’s good? Does such a view lead to ethics that must inevitably be situational?
What do you mean by evil Cal? People are evil to cows and fish because we kill them and eat them. Oh, I guess I know what you mean…..rapists, murderers etc. are evil but the secular world gets this without having to be told so by a transcendent being. A moral code is not the sole domain of your notion of God.
Your need for a God is pathetic and weak. Jump in Bill Maher anytime you are available!
Scripture warns, “The fool has said in his heart ‘there is no God.'” Psalm 14:1
In this season when many celebrate the object of their faith, there is no joy in the death of one who had faith that God does not exist. Hitchens now knows the truth and that can only be the worst possible news for him.
NO, The worst possible news is that most of the people on this planet believe in a bunch of magic because they do not have the guts to face the possibility that when we die the lights go out! Hitchens’ mother committed suicide and I don’t think he ever knew why she voluntarily chose to push up daisies. Hitchens battled the bottle and other substances his entire life, but was principled enough to accept there is no hope for us, and our likely station here is nothing but an inevitable march towards death.
As for the atheists still with us, Christmas is a reminder there is still time to believe and receive the ultimate gift.
Hitchens lived everyday to its fullest not for one second believing in the feeble promises of an afterlife. He drank booze , had stimulating relationships with sexy women and never looked back.