Christopher Hitchens passed this week. I’ve written about him before. And I’ve written to him as well. Though he was an outspoken and proselytizing atheist, he could say interesting things that would actually encourage believers, even if in unintentional ways – as, for example, in an homage to the King James Bible.
R.W. Glenn of the Solid Food Media blog captures a very poignant and intriguing quote from Hitchens in the post My Favorite Atheist:
And then at one point – I think this is not on camera – I said if I could convert everyone in the world – not convert, convince – if I could convince everyone in the world to be a non-believer, and I’d really done brilliantly, and there’s only one [believer] left – one more, and then it’d be done: there’d be no more religion in the world, no more deism, theism, I wouldn’t do it. And Dawkins says, ‘What do you mean, you wouldn’t do it?’ I said, ‘I don’t quite know why I wouldn’t do it.’ And it’s not just because there’d be nothing left to argue with and no one left to argue with. It’s not just that. Though it would be that. Somehow, if I could drive it out of the world, I wouldn’t. And the incredulity with which he [Dawkins] looked at me stays with me still. I’ve got to say.
If you want to see video of Hitchens when he was speaking these words, click on this link to Justin Taylor’s blog post Christopher Hitchens (1949-2011). Justin has the video cued to the precise point, which is the conclusion of the documentary Collision. Particularly in the wake of Hitchens’ death, it’s quite powerful.