Friday, 16 December 2011

What Should Christians Think About the Death of an Outspoken Atheist?


Tonight on the car radio I heard the report that Christopher Hitchens had died of complications brought about by his throat cancer. What should Christians think about the death of this outspoken atheist? Douglas Wilson, a Christian intellectual and Presbyterian minister who debated Hitchens several times, has this to say, and I doubt anyone could put it better (click on the post title).

7 comments:

Chris said...

I hear Mr Hitchen's brother is a Christian. I can't imagine the mental anguish he will be in imagining his brother in eternal torment.

Pr Mark Henderson said...

Yes Chris, Peter Hitchens, who is also a journalist; imo he's a better writer than his brother, and I'm not just saying that because he moved from atheism to faith ;0)

You should check out his book, 'The Rage Against God', when you're finished with Strauss.

Mild Colonial Boy, Esq. said...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2075133/Christopher-Hitchens-death-In-Memoriam-courageous-sibling-Peter-Hitchens.html

joel in ga said...

Assuming all is lost excerpt for the unlikely possibility that a dying atheist turned to Christ at the last moment seems rather close to despair itself (and possibly to salvation by works). Better to remember that God is a faithful Creator, whose ways are past finding out, and that His Son is "the Savior of all men."

Pr Mark Henderson said...

Thanks for the link, MCB.

Anonymous said...

It is not our place to judge; only God can judge. However, we can and should rightfully warn a non-believer about their rejection of God's love and it's consequences.

Pr Mark Henderson said...

'It is not our place to judge; only God can judge. '

Quite right, Anon.

That's why I made no comment in response to Chris's suggestion re the nature of Peter Hitchens's grief.

What we can judge is Christopher Hitchens's atheism - a sin against the first commandment. But then we have all broken that commandment; indeed, it is broken every time we sin against any of the commandments, as per Luther's explanation of the Decalogue. Therefore, but for the atoning blood of Christ and his righteousness, we would all stand condemned.