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Christopher Hitchens:We All Atheist Now

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venus-and-trophy.jpgWe’re all atheists,” Hitchens argued in his dry British timbre. “We no longer believe we need to tear the beating heart out of a virgin to make the sun rise. We no longer believe in the sun god Ra or in Zeus, and we now must go one step further.” Well there we are then, I feel excluded from the joy of atheism, he cannot be serious can he?  I would understand it if he was only referring to Europe,  but to say this in the United States is just inviting ridicule.

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Written by dawkinswatch

March 31, 2008 at 4:33 pm

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  1. What part is he not serious about?

    Hitchens sounds very honest and truthful there. Where did he say that, if you don’t mind me asking?

    Many other atheists make similar statements. For instance – I personally think that the world would be better if we tore down churches, mosques and synagogues and built libraries, hospitals or schools instead.

    Now tell me, how is a smarter, healthier world going to invite ridicule?

    Dan

    March 31, 2008 at 4:55 pm

  2. Oh, and secular nations are doing just fine. Seriously – who ridicule’s Norway?:

    A case study shows what [atheism] could mean for America. Norway has embraced secularism at the expense of its Christian roots. A 2005 survey conducted by Gallup International rated Norway the least religious country in Western Europe.

    In Norway, 82.9 percent of the population are members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church (they are automatically registered at birth and few bother to be unregistered). However, only approximately 10 percent regularly attend church services and identify themselves as being personally Christian.

    A 2006 survey found: 29 percent believe in a god or deity; 23 percent believe in a higher power without being certain of what; 26 percent don’t believe in God or higher powers; 22 percent have doubts.

    Depending on the definition of atheism, Norway thus has between 26 percent and 71 percent atheists. The Norwegian Humanist Association is the world’s largest humanist association per capita.

    And what has secularism done to Norway? The Global Peace Index rates Norway the most peaceful country in the world. The Human Development Index, a comparative measure of life expectancy, literacy, education and standard of living, has ranked Norway No. 1 every year for the last five years.

    Dan

    March 31, 2008 at 4:58 pm

  3. What Christopher Hitchens said is true, even a devoted Christian or Muslim has rejected the idea of other Gods. Whether it be Thor, Zeus or Mohammed, we all have had the experience of dismissing a God as preposterous to which others have devoted their entire lives. Atheists just happen to disbelieve in one more God that religious devotees.

    Lucy Lowe

    March 31, 2008 at 6:37 pm

  4. He’s paraphrasing Richard Dawkin’s quote that most people are atheists about every god society has ever worshipped except one.

    He isn’t saying that most people are atheist, just that they are atheist about most gods.

    chillinatthecabstand

    March 31, 2008 at 8:35 pm

  5. PS You should un-italicize after the quote; it makes it hard to read.

    chillinatthecabstand

    March 31, 2008 at 8:35 pm

  6. Although many Americans do profess faith in God, I think Hitchens is right. We live as atheists even if we profess to be theists. There is a great difference between the ancient world and the modern world in this respect. The ancient world lived as theists. The modern world lives as atheists.

    I know that there are scientists and even biologists who profess faith. I do think, however, that atheism is more compatible with science, especially with biology. And science, especially evolution, drives our modern world view, even though many people say they do not believe in evolution.

    For most people, I think, a loss of faith does not result in a profession of atheism. It results in nihilism – a nihilism that creeps up on us and consumes us, not one that is ever professed. Long after nihilism has conquered us we continue to profess faith.

    I don’t think Dawkins’ or Hitchens’ evangelism for atheism has a future. I think to most people a profession of atheism seems pointless. But not to all. It matters to Dawkins. It matters to Hitchens. And it matters to many others. Ultimately, however, it is no protection against nihilism. It is with nihilism that each of us in modernity ultimately must contend.

    Ken

    April 1, 2008 at 12:44 am

  7. Um… yeah… ALL of us non-religious people are nihilists. I mean… Richard Dawkins and Hitchens… they’re practically on the verge of suicide.

    It isn’t untrue that I have met Atheists who became nihilists because of their atheism, but the vast majority of the Atheists I know aren’t nihilists. On the contrary, many of us realise that since we have such little time on Earth with very little chance of an afterlife, we try to live our life to the fullest.

    I’m choosing to use the precious time I’ve got to explore the universe with science while theists figure that as long as they believe in Jesus they’ll have eternity to chill out in the afterlife.

    splendidelles

    April 4, 2008 at 4:07 pm

  8. Hichens is a windbag and a fool.

    angryxtian

    April 17, 2008 at 7:14 am

  9. No, Hitchens is an alcoholic. He is also is a bit of a bastard, but he is not a windbag or a fool. See his brother and how bad he is if you doubt it.

    Samuel Skinner

    July 1, 2008 at 2:34 am


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