Christopher Hitchens

It’s not that I’ve particularly followed his writings but I happened on a couple of tributes and he’s been on the radar as one of several high profile atheists. Polemic was his style of choice and he built a successful career on it. It’s a style that pays well in a society that values sound bites (see Clarkson) but not something to live by.

A couple of quotes from his brother Peter summed it up:

“Christopher describes how at the age of nine he concluded that his teacher’s claim that the world must be designed was wrong. “I simply knew, almost as if I had privileged access to a higher authority, that my teacher had managed to get everything wrong.”

Sounds suspiciously like a belief system rather than a logically thought through understanding of the world!

And Peter’s view on his brother’s mindset:

“It is also my view that, as with all atheists, he is his own chief opponent. As long as he can convince himself, nobody else will persuade him. His arguments are to some extent internally coherent and are a sort of explanation – if not the best explanation – of the world and the universe.”

~ by electrictelegraph on December 18, 2011.

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