(RNS) Kevin Eckstrom—Christopher Hitchens’ Atheism Was a Gift to Believers

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Christopher Hitchens will be remembered as many things: an acerbic essayist, connoisseur of Scotch and cigarettes and roguish writer whose forceful pen was fueled by an imposing intellect.

Yet his impact on American life, which will be felt long after his death at age 62 on Thursday (Dec. 15), is likely to be the unabashed atheism he championed throughout his life, and the public voice he gave to growing numbers of unbelievers.

Even his foes—whose prayers he simultaneously welcomed and rejected as he battled esophageal cancer—say his acid-tongued arguments against God sharpened their own.

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