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R.I.P. Christopher Hitchens
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Posted on 12/15/2011 9:12:53 PM PST by Arthurio

R.I.P. Christopher Hitchens

December 15, 2011 11:51 P.M. By Daniel Foster     Vanity Fair reports that Christopher Hitchens has passed away. Often frustrating, usually provocative, always brilliant. He added to the culture, and the conversation.

I’m sure I join many in hoping he is in for a glorious, glorious surprise.

(Excerpt) Read more at nationalreview.com ...


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To: mlo; Bowtie52

We aren’t talking about someone that thinks they are smarter than god. We are talking about someone that didn’t believe in god.

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By definition if he didn’t believe in God, then he believed he was smarter than God.


101 posted on 12/15/2011 10:39:56 PM PST by reaganaut (Ex-Mormon, now Christian "I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see".)
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To: M. Thatcher

Oh get over it, Hitchens probably would have thought it funny.


102 posted on 12/15/2011 10:41:42 PM PST by reaganaut (Ex-Mormon, now Christian "I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see".)
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To: Arthurio

R.I.P., Hitch. A formidable intellect (though sometimes galloping in the wrong direction) and a rapier wit.


103 posted on 12/15/2011 10:41:48 PM PST by Hetty_Fauxvert (Our GOP candidates: Good grief, is this really the best field we can put together???)
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To: OneVike

You may be right, but I hope at the last moment he repented. I have seen it happen several times. It is by grace and shear grace alone that any of us are saved. I have prayed for him, as I am sure his brother Peter has who is a repentant ex atheist.


104 posted on 12/15/2011 10:42:12 PM PST by Bellflower
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To: ArrogantBustard
I do not judge his eternal destination.

Sure you do. Your post makes that pretty clear.

105 posted on 12/15/2011 10:44:33 PM PST by Norman Bates
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To: kevao
Here's hoping we'll one day encounter a redeemed Christopher Hitchens in eternity....

The LORD knows many freepers prayed for him. It is with tears that I hear about his death.

106 posted on 12/15/2011 10:45:13 PM PST by Bellflower
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To: Arthurio

I’ll miss The Hitch. I wish I’d had the opportunity to have a few drinks with him. I’ll pray for his soul.


107 posted on 12/15/2011 10:46:06 PM PST by clintonh8r (Living well is no longer the best revenge. Revenge is now the best revenge.)
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To: SatinDoll
But Hitchens didn’t seem the type for a deathbed conversion.

Reportedly, Steve Jobs's last words were Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow.

108 posted on 12/15/2011 10:46:32 PM PST by cynwoody
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To: reaganaut

So someone with a lively, insightful, active mind and spirit is “dead” in your opinion just because he doesn’t abide by the same doigma as you? Christ never asked us to believe in a dogma. I’m open to being convinced otherwise, but I’ve read the New Testament over and over and don’t see that anywhere.


109 posted on 12/15/2011 10:48:36 PM PST by dinoparty
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To: garjog
CS Lewis said that he felt that atheists maybe closer to God than many others who never take a position either way. Atheists at least adhere to reason and reason is a step in God’s direction.

I absolutely agree with this. The irony is that, I felt, Hitchens talked about God more than any writer or political commentator I knew.

I always felt Revelations 3:15-16 has some relevance to this

"'I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!

110 posted on 12/15/2011 10:48:38 PM PST by PGR88
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To: OneVike

You ought to have a little more humility. Christopher Hitchens has seen his God face to face. You haven’t.


111 posted on 12/15/2011 10:49:33 PM PST by Norman Bates
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To: Arthurio

love him or hate him he always made one think. he will be missed.


112 posted on 12/15/2011 10:50:21 PM PST by celtic gal
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To: EDINVA
I know we have a merciful and loving God. Hitchens was not a stranger to the Christian faith. So though he proudly professed denial of any god or creator, I and many here prayed for him that God would open his eyes to the truth. I heard that he had a brother that is a Christian so I have no doubt he knew what the "gospel" was and that, in his last moments, he was surrounded by family and friends - many praying right there. Only God knows his heart.

We don't know the real reasons why people reject God, though some - maybe Hitchens - make a career out of publicly rejecting him and all those whose lives have been changed by God. It becomes an intellectual pursuit to mock, deride and, even, compete with others of like mind to see who is best at debating those "believers". As one of those believers, it is impossible to imagine ever honestly denying God IS and that he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him. Yet some will never seek God and for whatever reason will only see the truth when it is too late - when judgment is passed and a sentence of eternal hell is imposed. I shudder to even think of such an eternity. I pray that others who have been influenced by Mr. Hitchens take the time to honestly access what they believe and why they do and that God speaks through the still, small voice, that he IS and can be found if we search for him with all our hearts.

113 posted on 12/15/2011 10:50:24 PM PST by boatbums (Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us. Titus 3:5)
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To: Arthurio

love him or hate him he always made one think. he will be missed.


114 posted on 12/15/2011 10:50:34 PM PST by celtic gal
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To: SatinDoll

No, what makes you a prick is acting excited about the possibility that he could have gone to hell.


115 posted on 12/15/2011 10:50:51 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office)
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To: Arthurio

Christopher pleased me at times. He intrigued me at times. He frustrated me at times. He angered me at times. In the end he left me without his voice, for all time.

I am not amused!

Good-bye Mr. Hitchens.


116 posted on 12/15/2011 10:51:04 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Why back in '88, Conservatives backed Gore in Texas. What Reagan revolution? What laegacy?)
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To: dinoparty

Re-read that. I never said what you claim. Hitchens IS dead, I don’t pray for those who have already passed on.

So, take you snide little comments elsewhere or learn to read before you attack someone.


117 posted on 12/15/2011 10:51:43 PM PST by reaganaut (Ex-Mormon, now Christian "I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see".)
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To: Bowtie52

The Bible teaches a lot of things, many of which I’m sure you’re just vaguely aware of, completely ignorant of, or do not understand.


118 posted on 12/15/2011 10:52:10 PM PST by Norman Bates
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To: ArrogantBustard

Thank you for your reasoned response, drowning out one that is so unnecessary.

R.I.P. Mr. Hitchens.


119 posted on 12/15/2011 10:52:23 PM PST by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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To: dinoparty

And it isn’t my job to convince you of anything, that is the Holy Spirit’s job.

FWIW, I am very anti-dogma, Mormonism cured me of that.


120 posted on 12/15/2011 10:52:44 PM PST by reaganaut (Ex-Mormon, now Christian "I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see".)
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To: isthisnickcool
My grandfather was an atheist. He lived til the age of 100 and on his deathbed, the day of his passing, he found Christ.

Had he ever come across the writings of a dude by the name of Blaise Pascal, of wager fame?

121 posted on 12/15/2011 10:52:50 PM PST by cynwoody
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To: Arthurio

Epitaph of an atheist: “Here lies an atheist. All dressed up and no place to go.”


122 posted on 12/15/2011 10:54:22 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper (You have entered an invalid birthday)
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To: Norman Bates
Don't be so hard on ArrogantBustard. Admonish him gently and with love hoping that he is wrong and Christopher really did repent before he died. He is not wrong, though, about his doctrine. If Christopher was without repentance at the time of his death he burns in hell. This is why we all must pray for others and tell them about the The Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Jud 1:22 And of some have compassion, making a difference:

Jud 1:23 And others save with fear, pulling [them] out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.

123 posted on 12/15/2011 10:54:38 PM PST by Bellflower
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To: DoughtyOne

I hope he left us some new things to read. My suspicion is that he set a few time bombs to detonate after his passing!


124 posted on 12/15/2011 10:55:35 PM PST by clintonh8r (Living well is no longer the best revenge. Revenge is now the best revenge.)
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To: unkus; All

Where are heaven and hell located??


125 posted on 12/15/2011 10:56:05 PM PST by gleeaikin
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To: isthisnickcool
He lived til the age of 100 and on his deathbed, the day of his passing, he found Christ.

That is wonderful and I'm so glad to hear it.

Thanks for sharing that.

126 posted on 12/15/2011 10:56:13 PM PST by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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To: SatinDoll

Dear Satan Doll: FO. Chris.


127 posted on 12/15/2011 10:57:59 PM PST by tdscpa
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To: grey_whiskers

I pray he did have a deathbed conversion, but I doubt he did.

He is responsible for helping my brother to be convinced that Christ was nothing but a scam artist, and that God does not exist.

As for the Vikings, I again pray for them also. I pray they do lose the rest of their games. Better draft choice, and maybe we can finally get some good defensive help, and maybe at least one good Offensive lineman.


128 posted on 12/15/2011 11:00:51 PM PST by OneVike (Just a Christian waiting to go home)
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To: Arthurio

Damn! Who is going to take over his excellent work of making fun of Islamists?


129 posted on 12/15/2011 11:01:39 PM PST by PGR88 (Sic transit gloria mundi)
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To: Bellflower

I’m sad too. His early demise has been known for a long time, so I held out hope that he would ultimately repent. I see no evidence of it — But we don’t know his final thoughts! The Lord is gracious!!!

I hated much of he stood for, and disagreed with much of what he believed in (although he was a strict anti-totalitarian), but I had to respect his consistency. He was no hypocrite. That alone makes him a better man (God forbid) than the field of candidates we have to vote for this time around.


130 posted on 12/15/2011 11:01:57 PM PST by kevao
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To: aruanan

“Saying that “atheists at least adhere to reason” is about as true as saying that “blondes at least are beautiful.” “

Well, wait I mean is, ever try to debate the existence of God or talk about Jesus to someone who has refused to take a position either way? This is called “volitional ignorance”.

Atheists are at least willing to debate. They are interested in the question of spiritual things. Then all you have to do is show them that the atheist case is extremely weak.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1e4FUhfHiU


131 posted on 12/15/2011 11:04:00 PM PST by garjog
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To: Arthurio

I had the privilege of listening to him give a speech in College sometime around the 08 election. Did I agree with everything he said, no. Still, it was one of the best speakers they had and I respected him for standing up of his beliefs.

During the Q&A session he destroyed some of the liberals arguments, particularly on 9/11, terrorism and Iraq.


132 posted on 12/15/2011 11:04:54 PM PST by matt04
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To: eddie willers

Atheists deny the existence of God, so God denies ever knowing those who deny Him, and they are not welcome in to the Kingdom.


133 posted on 12/15/2011 11:05:38 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper (You have entered an invalid birthday)
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To: OneVike

I am sorry about your brother. Is he still living? If so there is still time. I will add him to my prayer list if that is OK.


134 posted on 12/15/2011 11:06:06 PM PST by reaganaut (Ex-Mormon, now Christian "I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see".)
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To: DoughtyOne

bttt


135 posted on 12/15/2011 11:10:35 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: cynwoody
Or, could have been: Oww, Oww, Oww.
136 posted on 12/15/2011 11:11:29 PM PST by tdscpa
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To: gleeaikin
Where are heaven and hell located??

Is that really a serious question, or just a level?

137 posted on 12/15/2011 11:14:57 PM PST by kevao
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To: Arthurio

RIP.....


138 posted on 12/15/2011 11:27:05 PM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~.. Newt/Palin-West-2012."got a lot swirling around in my head.")
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To: mlo
If you have spent your life rejecting Christ, Christ will not, in your last moments, snatch you away from the fate you purposely chosen and force you to live for eternity in Heaven with Him.

By your own choice, and your own actions, you have already shown God that you find His presence intolerable.

Ergo, you go where there is no God.

That's free will. You get to choose; and you get to experience the consequences of your choice.

Pretty simple, actually.

139 posted on 12/15/2011 11:27:41 PM PST by TheWriterTX (Hunkering down...)
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To: kevao

Sad to say, but to some Christians, the existence of Hell is necessary mainly to give them comfort at the eventual eternal torment of their enemies.


140 posted on 12/15/2011 11:35:04 PM PST by Erasmus (Rage, rage, against the dying of the light. Or, get out your 50mm/1.2.)
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To: SatinDoll
Believers go to Heaven. Nonbelievers go to Hell.

The Dilemma: Heaven for the climate. Hell for the company.

141 posted on 12/15/2011 11:35:11 PM PST by Oztrich Boy (New gets old. Steampunk is always cool)
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To: isthisnickcool

Wow.

Heartfelt thanks for that encouragement. My entire (living) family are atheists and I pray for them constantly. Sometimes it’s tempting to just give up.


142 posted on 12/15/2011 11:42:18 PM PST by oprahstheantichrist (The MSM is a demonic stronghold, PLEASE pray accordingly - 2 Corinthians 10:3-5)
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To: Oztrich Boy

L O L !


143 posted on 12/15/2011 11:43:45 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: clintonh8r

I wouldn’t be surprised. He was a thinker. He may not have always come to the right conclusions, but I think he at the very least tried to come down on the right side. That’s more than you can say about 99% of the media players these days.


144 posted on 12/15/2011 11:45:31 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Why back in '88, Conservatives backed Gore in Texas. What Reagan revolution? What laegacy?)
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To: Liberty Valance

Thank you.


145 posted on 12/15/2011 11:46:13 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Why back in '88, Conservatives backed Gore in Texas. What Reagan revolution? What laegacy?)
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To: boatbums

Honestly, I can’t imagine how anyone looks at the world, nature, and refuses to believe in its Creator. In the same way atheists claim not to believe in God, I don’t believe in atheism. It’s just inconceivable to me, and at some level I think those who call themselves atheists are looking for God, just not finding Him in a material or intellectual way that their minds can accept.

I just don’t see it as my place to judge Hitchins or anyone else. Some we think were pillars of virtue may have been greater sinners in His eyes and judgment. It does tickle me to think that God might think the professed atheism of a Hitchens is less sinful than those who call themselves Christians thinking it’s their place to take on HIS role of judgment. We don’t know. A marvelous mystery of life, and the afterlife.


146 posted on 12/15/2011 11:47:19 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: Erasmus

Either you believe in God’s punishment or you don’t.


147 posted on 12/15/2011 11:48:00 PM PST by Amberdawn
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To: TheWriterTX

That is an excellent response. Too often people get caught up talking about the mercy of God and forget the holiness - justice - of God.


148 posted on 12/15/2011 11:54:06 PM PST by reaganaut (Ex-Mormon, now Christian "I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see".)
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To: OneVike
And you know all of this how?
149 posted on 12/15/2011 11:55:11 PM PST by starlifter (Pullum sapit)
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To: SatinDoll
Glorius, glorius surprise! As in shoveling coal in Hell?

Keepin' it classy I see.

I say, 'Rest in Peace' Christopher Hitchens, I pray that he will discover that Almighty God is even more merciful than anyone dares to hope.
150 posted on 12/15/2011 11:55:41 PM PST by mkjessup (Jimmy Carter is the Skidmark in the panties of American history, 0bama is the yellow stain in front.)
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