This is a title of an etching by Francisco Goya. “The Sleep of Reason brings forth Monsters” Christopher Hitchens has the picture on the inside cover of his book “God is not Great”. I only discovered this recently as I have only ever known the book as an audio book. It was a serendipitous discovery for me as I have had those same Spanish words… Continue
Added by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on August 4, 2014 at 5:30pm —
Anyone who has read Augustine's Confessions will know his views on God. One view that I have been thinking about is how God is unchanging. One thing God must not have, to fit this description (according to Augustine), is emotions. This is something that many Christians and Catholics would agree with. However, there is a problem because in the Bible there is evidence of God having emotions. Take the First of the Ten Commandments:
“You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any… Continue
Added by Real Life James Bond on March 11, 2013 at 1:10am —
This is a review of Christopher Hitchens last book – Mortality. He brilliantly describes his ‘year of living dyingly’. I would like to make it clear now that this writing is not mine. It is copied entirely from the book review section of the Irish Times. It is written by John Banville whose books share the same shelf… Continue
Added by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on September 11, 2012 at 3:30pm —
(NOTE: I initially posted this on my Facebook page - you know, I've got to keep the outspoken, "out of the closet" atheist thing going ;) I decided I wanted to share it here as well, with people whom I respect and admire, friends and acquaintances whom I know are of like mind.)
I want to take a moment to honor an amazing man whom I greatly admired. Today, Christopher Hitchens died at the age of 62. He died from pneumonia, a complication of the oesophageal cancer he had. He… Continue
Added by Geektheist (Rocky Oliver) on December 16, 2011 at 9:00pm —
Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending the Think Inc conference in Melbourne Australia, the inaugural event, and one that showed much promise with a line-up of speakers which included Professor Tim Flannery, YouTube sensation Christina Rad, activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali (appearing via Skype), poet Shane Koyczan, Professor Neil Degrasse Tyseon, Professor Michael Shermer and political commentator Christopher Hitchens (also intended to appear via Skype).
Unfortunately Christopher Hitchens… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on September 19, 2011 at 12:34am —
A decade after 9/11, it remains the best description and most essential fact about al-Qaida.
Updated Monday, Sept. 5, 2011, at 10:12 AM ET…
Added by Sassan K. on September 7, 2011 at 2:55pm —
Thanks to Derek M for posting the link to the video below of Christopher Hitchens exploring in much more cogent fashion my problems with C.S. Lewis argument for the divinity of Christ, CS Lewis: The Nonesensical Argument for Christ's Divinity.
Added by Ezra T. Klatt on May 24, 2011 at 11:42am —
I've been soaking up every interview and article about Hitch ever since he announced his grave state of health.Let me be frank here. I have, ever since I was a little boy, had a terrible fear of death.It has been my biggest struggle ever since I left the faith of… Continue
Added by Daniel Van Nice on April 30, 2011 at 6:05am —
from Martin Pribble
While I may have a strange optimism for the future of humanity, and I think that the answer lies not in the division of the religious and the secular but in the joint efforts of all involved, I still see it as a troublesome proposition. As you may have seen in the… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on March 30, 2011 at 8:11pm —
Reposted from my blog
Unable to relinquish my love of… Continue
Added by Tauriq Moosa on February 13, 2011 at 5:30pm —
I thought this might be a good place for my last blog entry from http://www.commonground.net. So, here are some of my thoughts on faith and reason.
Another Common Ground blogger, Ian Kluge, directed our attention to the new atheists position that there is an inherent and irreconcilable conflict between faith and reason.
Christopher Hitchens sums up their position this way: “All attempts to reconcile faith… Continue
Added by Maya Bohnhoff on December 3, 2010 at 2:00pm —
Just got with a fight with my mother. It's the kind of fight that seems suitable to talk about on here.
She became very upset with me for saying I hate religion. She said I shouldn't discriminate against religious people. I told her I don't hate the people, I hate religion. Though I also hate stupid people and a lot of them are religious. She said I was being discriminate and I shouldn't hate anything. I replied that hate is a legitimate emotion and I have every right to… Continue
Added by Zombie Atheist on November 23, 2010 at 12:01am —
Many times when we've read an author so persuasive that they take on a cult like status. With Hitchens, you might expect that all of his arguments are persuasive and begin to ignore fact checking. It would be a mistake to do so. Hitchens, while one of my favorite people to hear debate religion (Matt Dillahunty might give him a good run for entertainment and relevance.), his politics leaves me confounded and concerned about his ability to shoot straight. It brings up a serious point, that we… Continue
Added by Gaytor on November 2, 2010 at 1:54pm —
from Martin S Pribble blog
I have too many things floating around my head right now to make a real point with this blog entry, so bear with me while I go on a cathartic rant.
I have recently seen a lot of criticisms about the "New Atheist Movement" saying it's disruptive and threatens to destroy society and all it holds dear. Some even say it will cause the end of the world. Most of the criticism is aimed at the so-called… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on October 27, 2010 at 7:43pm —
from Atheist Climber blog
Atheist Climber Blog
is turning One year old on October 10! Yay!
And I remember like yesterday thinking "Do I have anything to write about? Will anyone care? Will anyone read it?" I just wish I had taken more baby photos!
Well you have all spoken to me by visiting and commenting on my blog. My measure of… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on September 26, 2010 at 8:02pm —
From Atheist Climber Blog
I have often wondered why it is that we are seeing an uprising of voices in the world of skeptical inquiry and atheism in the mainstreams of the world. And I wonder why it is that I am so heavily entrenched in this to feel it is important in my life to put so much effort into this blog at this point in time. Maybe I'm a little slow on the uptake, but it seems to me… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on August 19, 2010 at 9:30pm —
Christopher Hitchens is one of the few people in this world that I truly look up to. What makes me look up to him? Because he says that we should not have any idols or put anyone else in too high of regard. So in that sense I admire him for a quality that he possesses.
As you may know, last month my man Hitch announced that he had cancer. The cancer is in his esophagus and from everything I've read it has a relatively low survival rate because it is… Continue
Added by Pesci on July 17, 2010 at 10:00am —
I have no idea what Bad Astronomer Phil Plait
said at TAM 8, I was not there, in fact I am on the other side of the world right now. But the news I got is that Phil was trying to put forward the position that being overtly aggressive when addressing any kind of wrongly… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on July 11, 2010 at 7:30pm —
Trying to find some news about the prognosis of Christopher Hitchens’ condition, I stumbled upon this little piece posted today by Andrew Sullivan, Hitch's Cancer
Here’s his whole post:
I'm devastated by the news. We need Christopher around for a long, long time. I do not know the details and understand his need for privacy. But he seems in good spirits if… Continue
Added by Monica McGee (Monicks) on July 1, 2010 at 5:00pm —
(This is taken from the Newsweek website, but I read it in my issue today and found it interesting. Take a look, he mentions that nations choosing to rule under religious doctrine fail and expands a bit on that.)
Christopher Hitchens: The Death of Theocracy
The term "theocracy" trips readily enough off the tongue and is an accurate description of a system where mortals claim the right to dominate other mortals in the name of God. But it is also a word that has… Continue
Added by Samantha J. on January 12, 2010 at 7:19pm —