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The ultimate test of skepticism: do you doubt things you want to be true? The late Christopher Hitchens was the bane of the religious during his lifetime, but in one of his many debates with believers, he also offered us a quick and easy test for the strength of our skepticism. It's just before the the one-minute ...
Over the years Christopher has spontaneously delivered many dozens of unforgettable lines. Here are four of them. 1. He was on TV for the second or third time in his life (if we exclude University Challenge), which takes us back to the mid-1970s and to Christopher's mid-twenties. He and I were already ...

Once upon a time an American writer called Sam Harris wrote a book called The End of Faith, about how silly it was to believe in God. The book sold many copies, so some other people — Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Daniel Dennett, AC Grayling — wrote the same book. This made them all ...
Christopher Hitchens.” That got me wondering whether Hitchens (who in fact wrote brilliant columns for The Atlantic) would be given a platform at the 2018, Jeffrey Goldberg-run version of that same publication. Hitchens held opinions that upset just about everyone. Conservatives were bothered by his ...
In late December 2012, Der Spiegel published an obituary for former U.S. president George H.W. Bush by accident. Also in December 2011, the Washington Post published an obituary for Christopher Hitchens, who had died, but the obituary still contained placeholder text. Tags: Barbara Bush, CBS, Fact ...
'Hitch-22' by Christopher Hitchens (2010). Hitchens's eloquence is unmatched, his humour can be subtle or crass – sometimes both in the same sentence. These traits are evident as he relives his university days and starts out as a young journalist in London. I only became aware of Hitchens's work after he ...

Wrote Christopher Hitchens at the time: "What was the hurry? ... Clinton needed to look 'presidential' for a day." Recall, too, that Starr's original mandate was to investigate an allegedly questionable land deal in Arkansas known as "Whitewater." But, well, one thing led to another, and you know the rest.
You may be familiar with Christopher Hitchens's odious 2007 Vanity Fair essay, “Why Women Aren't Funny,” either because you had the misfortune of reading it in real-time, or because you've had to listen to many very, very funny women be asked about it for the last decade. The thesis of the essay sounds ...
It's what Christopher Hitchens did, and Sean was a close friend of his.” Penn made the decision to come to La Jolla based on a recommendation from another close friend, Bob Kerstetter, a writer and former Marin County neighbor of his who currently rents an office across Girard Avenue from D.G. Wills.
Now: The fact that Williamson is an extremist doesn't change the fact that to hire him for his pen and then fire him for having expressed an extreme opinion was stupid and gutless — akin to hiring Christopher Hitchens and then firing him for antireligious bigotry (and yes, Hitch was a bigot, but worth ...
As Christopher Hitchens rightly pointed out, it is sometimes entirely appropriate to criticize the deceased. But speculating that they would take a loathsome political opinion that is entirely unlike anything they ever endorsed while they were alive is in disgustingly bad taste. — Yascha ...
This week watching Wild Wild Country, I was reminded of my week away at the camp. At one point in the series, a young Christopher Hitchens narrates a BBC documentary about Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. It was the screening of this BBC documentary which initially turned the small US farming community ...
Naturalist Charles Darwin, orator Robert Ingersoll, astronomer Carl Sagan, Dutch soccer star Johan Cruyff and writer Christopher Hitchens were all the ... recent example came from Larry Alex Taunton, a Christian apologist who knew Hitchens and wrote a book titled “The Faith of Christopher Hitchens” a ...
But if, say, Christopher Hitchens writes about his own impending mortality in a manner so typically reluctant to pull punches that he titles it Mortality, I'm in. I don't think I read a more involving book last year than Decca Aitkenhead's desperately sad All at Sea, and AA Gill's final column, on his “full English” of ...
This exchange played out in numerous articles, books, and public debates as intellectuals such as the late Christopher Hitchens (a Slate contributor) became famous for arguments advancing the idea of an unbridgeable divide between reason and people of faith. However, transhumanism has blurred the ...
Naturalist Charles Darwin, orator Robert Ingersoll, astronomer Carl Sagan, Dutch soccer star Johan Cruyff and writer Christopher Hitchens were all the ... recent example came from Larry Alex Taunton, a Christian apologist, who knew Hitchens and wrote a book titled “The Faith of Christopher Hitchens” a ...
Naturalist Charles Darwin, orator Robert Ingersoll, astronomer Carl Sagan, Dutch soccer star Johan Cruyff and writer Christopher Hitchens were all the ... recent example came from Larry Alex Taunton, a Christian apologist, who knew Hitchens and wrote a book titled “The Faith of Christopher Hitchens” a ...

Two of the writers who were most eloquent in making their case for the war—Christopher Hitchens, who then wrote for the Atlantic among other places, and Michael Kelly, who was then our editor-in-chief—based much of their case on the evils Saddam Hussein had gotten away with after the original Gulf ...
Today, if there was a Mount Rushmore of celebrity atheists, Krauss' face would be chiseled somewhere in-between Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and the late Christopher Hitchens, all public intellectuals known for their ardent atheism, best-selling books, and penchant for grandstanding during lectures ...
For example, after the 2011 death of the writer Christopher Hitchens — an outspoken atheist and critic of organized religion — American evangelical Christian writer Larry Alex Taunton published a controversial book in which he claimed Hitchens had reevaluated his religious faith while he was dying of ...
The late Christopher Hitchens, disgusted by the Iranian fatwa-givers' hunt of his friend Salman Rushdie, summed up the malady of intolerance in two words: “Religion Kills”. The Ayatollah's call for murder was at least a religious edict based on religious beliefs. In India it isn't even that. It is merely the misuse ...
Weighing in on the David Levine flap, Christopher Hitchens, then a Nation columnist, wrote Navasky that he found it “depressing that so many Nation colleagues should confuse the use of a stereotype … with the reinforcement of a stereotype,” adding that “the only safeguard against such a literal mentality would be the ...
The news of President Trump agreeing to meet the North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un takes me straight back to a cold February evening in 1985 in Washington. I was saying goodbye in the Tabard Inn at Dupont Circle to my friend, Christopher Hitchens, who was about to fly to Seoul along with US ...
Once upon a time, Martin Amis, a skilled satirist, traced the origins of his devastating attack on Stalin and the Western intellectuals who defended him, “Koba the Dread: Laughter and The 20 Million,” in the reaction to a speech made by his best friend, Christopher Hitchens. Before an audience of Old Leftists, ...
Prominent cultural and literary figures from Orwell to Christopher Hitchens have expressed objections to abortion despite their Trotskyist credentials. In the case of Orwell his strident brand of Christianity (very often carrying anti-Catholic undertones) played a part of his politics. Hitchens, an avowed atheist, ...
In his infamous 2006 essay, Why Women Aren't Funny, Christopher Hitchens proposed that human bodily functions are the root of humour, and that the female half of the population couldn't enjoy playing with “filth” because, as child-bearers, they must be the designated grownups. That shaky argument has ...
March 5, 2018; Most Rev. Robert Barron, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries gives the keynote address at a conference called “Cultures of Formation: Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.” (Credit: Matt Cashore/University of ...
Yet unlike other highly intelligent figures who come to dominate the media, such as Richard Dawkins or the late Christopher Hitchens, he is in no way hostile to Christianity. Indeed, his very wide reading of great literary figures, such as Dostoyevsky, Dante and Goethe, alongside Carl Jung, Freud, the critic ...
Peterson might be the most entertaining public intellectual since the death of Christopher Hitchens, but the message that has propelled him, at times, seems more like something you would hear from your grandfather than from a Ph.D. psychologist. Cloaked in things like telling men to “stand up straight with ...
Had Christopher Hitchens lived to see the 2016 presidential election, Matthew Yglesias thinks he would've been “loudly pro-Trump.” Here's what he tweeted to his 384,000 followers a couple of months ago: “I sometimes think about how annoying Christopher Hitchens' 'contrarian' pro-Trump columns would ...
Upon encountering this question on Quora, my instinct was that the late Christopher Hitchens would have been mortified by the idea of Donald Trump leading the country that he made his home, and came to love with that special kind of fervor of those who enrolled in the great American experiment by ...
Writer Christopher Hitchens first met Peter Wilmoth in 1989, covering the Romanian revolution. In 2010, two weeks before Hitchens was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer, the pair caught up for lunch in Sydney. Hitchens died 18 months later, and the tape of that conversation was missing until now.
Adding an entry in the Last Interview series to one's library by no means should serve as the beginning and end of their subject's legacy, and that's one of the major problems with Christopher Hitchens: The Last Interview and Other Conversations. This is by no means the fault of its subject. Anybody familiar ...
He's perhaps most famous for his book, published after the death of Christopher Hitchens, that suggested the famous atheist was “contemplating conversion” near the end of his life, though he never actually made that leap. It was widely considered an insult and a lie by everyone who knew Hitchens ...
... at one point, at another: “What happened to you mate?”) and in a 'battle of the titans' debate on theology with his late, rock star atheist brother Christopher Hitchens - a clip so dripping with Oedipal froideur it's like witnessing someone else's anxious Christmas dinner. I've watched them all countless times.
Crane's book stakes out an atheist position on religion that counters the position of the so-called New Atheists, such as Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, and Christopher Hitchens. He argues that even if religion doesn't deserve the credence of atheists, it deserves their respect for the meaning and sense ...
A good friend (an atheist) loaned me his copy of Christopher Hitchens' book, god is not Great. I read it in two days and quite enjoyed it. Hitchens (1949-2011) was a British author, journalist and social critic who particularly disliked the role religion has played in the world. His writing is somewhat rambling ...



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