Jul 15, 2010

Praying for Christopher Hitchens

I've written about the witty and talented Christopher Hitchens before, so just a quick post regarding his recent announcement that he is undergoing treatment for esophageal cancer.

Some discussion is taking place (as reported last week by USA Today's Faith and Reason column) about how this will impact his atheism. I find the discussions a bit odd. Some of them seem almost to view Hitchens as if he is a rat in some empirical theological laboratory. It's insensitive, to say the least, but given the public nature of his uncharacteristically unsophisticated rants against God and Christianity, I suppose it is not that unusual.

What is more interesting, however, is the strange irony that those who Hitchens says are superstitious fools seem to care so much about whether he lives or dies and whether he will suffer eternally. There are lots of folks praying for him.

It's just downright interesting.

Hitchens, who is pretty angry at God for a guy who says He doesn't exist, is now strangely and publicly at His mercy. May God pour out His mercy on Hitch, who deserves his grace and mercy every bit as much as I do (which is to say, we deserve it not at all) and grant us all more of his wit and humor and insights in the years to come.

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