I am saddened that Christopher Hitchens is gone. I emailed Christopher several times since his diagnosis, my last correspondence with him occurring the day after Thanksgiving. I expressed my prayers and concern for him, and offered help with a doctor I know at Sloan Kettering. He responded immediately and graciously, and even said he would “love to renew our debates.” That gave me hope he was recovering. When I responded that I would be pleased to do so and even find him additional debates and panel discussions with Christians, he said he wasn’t quite ready yet to reengage. Today all hope is gone.
There is no one with whom I disagreed more who I admired so much. I don’t see how anyone who knew Christopher Hitchens could think that a man with such admirable qualities and talents was nothing more than a collection of chemicals– the product of unexplained random processes. Christopher’s intellect, wit, courage, and passion are evidence to me of a Divine Being– a Divine Being who loves human freedom so much that He would even allow the gifts He bestows to be used against Him.
I am praying for Christopher’s family and friends, which Christopher graciously accepted while he was with us. I am blessed to have known him.