HolyCoast: An Atheist Goes to His...Well, Something

Friday, December 16, 2011

An Atheist Goes to His...Well, Something

There has been much lamentation in the blogosphere today over the passing of Christopher Hitchens, the writer, thinker and militant atheist.  He was a favorite of many on the right because of his intelligence and insight, while at the same time he was hopelessly close-minded about religion.  One of his later works was the book "God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything".

I saw this tweet from a conservative I respect and frankly, it bugged me:
@NolteNC: If there's a Heaven, Christopher Hitchens made it. Heaven wouldn't be Heaven without him.
That's awfully weak theology. While I hope in his final days Hitchens was able to reconcile with the Maker he denied all those years (and the God his brother Peter actively serves), I have my doubts since even when diagnosed with the disease that killed him he wasn't a bit open to any possibility other than a black whole of nothingness once his life ended. What a waste of a great mind.

If the only prerequisite for getting into heaven is an entertaining personality or being on the right side of certain issues, that's not a heaven that's worth dedicating your life to.  It's certainly not a heaven worth dying for.

Hitchens had many great earthly achievements.  He was by many standards a great man who profited mightily from his skills.  However:
Matthew 16:26 - For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
Shortly after Hitchens death was announced Joshua Treviño posted this on Twitter:
@jstrevino No longer an atheist. RT @VanityFair: Christopher Hitchens, 1949 — 2011
Treviño took a lot of grief for that reaction, but he was right.

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