And the difference that Biblical Creation makes!1

Preliminary comment

Having failed in his fight against oesophageal cancer, well-known misotheist2 Christopher Hitchens died on 15 December at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. In an article in a British newspaper, The Independent, Richard Dawkins claimed that “his very character became an outstanding and unmistakable symbol of the honesty and dignity of atheism, as well as of the worth and dignity of the human being when not debased by the infantile babblings of religion.”3  Such virtues did not characterize Dawkins himself, whose tirade ended with the words “Farewell, great voice. Great voice of reason … against all tyrants including God.”

To what extent did Christopher Hitchens really come to terms with his unbelief? And how did this arch-rationalist view his impending death from cancer? In one of his last public interviews (late in 2010), he spoke at length on the subject. The following article was published in a printed CMI (United Kingdom) newsletter earlier in 2011 but we publish this website version in view of the poignancy of Hitchens’ own admissions and the lessons that can be learnt.

For all of us, the most pressing question of all relates to our ultimate destiny, when we pass from this life into eternity—whether or not we’re ready to face death. At the forefront of CMI’s mandate to uphold the truth and authority of the Bible is the need to make Christ known—not only as the Supreme Creator of all things, but as the only Saviour of men, women, boys and girls. “For there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”4


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