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Christopher Hitchens

The Atheist Passover Seder With Christopher Hitchens

Eliyahu Federman | Posted 06.04.2012 | Religion
Eliyahu Federman

You have no excuse for not attending or hosting a Passover seder. Foremost atheist and anti-theist Christopher Hitchens made one and even required his daughter to attend.

The Sad, Silly Idea Of 'Religion for Atheists'

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 05.13.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

When God and belief are stripped out of the equation, we are left with rituals and practices that are primarily hedonistic and hollow. What de Botton offers us is "religion for atheists," but what he gives us is pseudo-religion and empty routine.

Why The Universe Obviously Has A Creator (and Why Some Atheists Refuse To Even Consider It)

Rabbi Alan Lurie | Posted 05.05.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Alan Lurie

To make the scientific claim that one will "go where the evidence leads," while not even considering the obvious possibility of a deliberate Creator, is to be intellectually dishonest at best.

Does It Matter That Steve Jobs Was a Crap Father?

Thomas Beller | Posted 04.24.2012 | Arts
Thomas Beller

Jobs was a workaholic who regretted that he had not spent more time with his kids. But we were left to balance this regret with the thought that these kids were left with the legacy of a hard-working father who found a kind of spiritual redemption in his work.

How Do Our Facebook Selves Write About Death?

Lucas Kavner | Posted 04.14.2012 | Home
Lucas Kavner

As Houston's family and close friends mourn, do our "RIP Whitney" posts mean something, sandwiched between posts about cereal and recaps of The Bachelor, especially after we've watched, over many years, her slow-motion fall from grace?

'Religious' Scientists And The Legacy Of Christopher Hitchens

Robert J. Asher | Posted 04.03.2012 | Religion
Robert J. Asher

Even if Hitchens would never have used the term "religion" in the positive sense in which I see it, he set an example by which the nuances behind such concepts can be evaluated on their own merits.

Two Ways Of Thinking About Agnosticism: Hitchens vs. Dawkins

Christopher Lane | Posted 04.01.2012 | Religion
Christopher Lane

That Hitchens took a glass-half-full approach to agnostics is notable because it's sharply at odds with the line of his compatriot, Richard Dawkins, whose thoughts on agnostics are almost uniformly negative.

The Iron Lady's Sex Appeal

Christopher Hitchens | Posted 03.13.2012 | Home
Christopher Hitchens

In this lost essay by the late Christopher Hitchens, he reveals his penchant for right-wing women. It is a brilliant, perfect jewel of an essay on politics and sexuality by a great writer.

Christopher Hitchens' Last Words

Vanity Fair | Posted 01.05.2012 | Media

While it's tempting to see Charles Dickens as a fusion of his heroes and villains, on the great British novelist's 200th birthday his true gifts shoul...

Gay City News Doug Ireland: My 'Queer Friend' Christopher Hitchens

Gay City News | Doug Ireland | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Over the holidays, I read gay British novelist Alan Hollinghurst's fine new novel, "The Stranger's Child." The winner of Britain's most prestigious li...

Gender And Humor: Was Christopher Hitchens Right When He Said Women Aren't Funny?

Peter McGraw and Joel Warner | Posted 03.04.2012 | Comedy
Peter McGraw and Joel Warner

The studies that do find gender differences conclude men might have a slight advantage over women in coming up with good jokes. But such research misses the fact that men's advantage may come at a cost.

On Christopher Hitchens, Movie Critic | Posted 12.27.2011 | Home

In a testy exchange with The King's Speech screenwriter David Seidler earlier this year on Slate, Christopher Hitchens wrote, "All other consideration...

Hitchens: Arch-Fundamentalist?

Roger Housden | Posted 02.26.2012 | Religion
Roger Housden

For all his posturing and bombast, Christopher Hitchens devoted his life to what he believed in, and that is as good a legacy as any.

Your Weekend Random-Ass Roundup: A Christmas Wish

J.D. Bell | Posted 02.22.2012 | Black Voices
J.D. Bell

All I want for Christmas is to never hear about Michelle Obama's ass again. Unless it's at my barbershop. Now come, ye faithful readers. Gather round...

Kay on Havel, Orwell and the Greengrocer

Robert Teitelman | Posted 02.21.2012 | Media
Robert Teitelman

John Kay has a characteristically graceful little column today in the Financial Times that opens up new vistas rather than slams doors shut. This is rare and worth an end-of-the-year comment or two.

Saint Christopher

Sean Carman | Posted 02.20.2012 | DC
Sean Carman

Was Christopher Hitchens a good friend, an entertaining comrade, and the embodiment of a journalistic ideal? Or was he a writer of tremendous gifts who never quite found the true north of his compass?

Christopher Hitchens Meets Kim Jong Il and the Class of 2011

MP Nunan | Posted 02.18.2012 | Comedy
MP Nunan

Inside what looks like the bar in an airport departures terminal. It's dimly lit, with dark wooden tables and faux leather chairs failing to give the ...

Hitchens Debunked Facile Maxims to the End

Michael Sigman | Posted 02.18.2012 | Media
Michael Sigman

Hitchens was so prolific, one had to pick and choose among his many books, essays and journalism. During his last years, Hitchens' writing remained amazingly muscular even as his body betrayed him.

Christopher Hitchens is "Not Great"

Kabir Helminski | Posted 02.18.2012 | Religion
Kabir Helminski

In presenting the secular rationalist versus the religious fanatic, Hitchens obscured the fact that the greatest slaughters of human history were not the result of religious wars, but the result of secular or non-religious ideologie

The Destruction of Christianity and Christopher Hitchens

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 02.16.2012 | Home
Frank Schaeffer

All the raging of today's atheist apologists combined are but a flea bite compared to the fatal blow that Christianity has been dealt by its own leadership in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

The Hitchens Outpouring and Journalistic Self-Hatred

Adam Hanft | Posted 02.18.2012 | Home
Adam Hanft

So it was with shame and guilt that broadcast and print journalism devoted so much vastness of coverage to his demise. It was because they seemed small and insignificant compared to Hitchens, that they took the opportunity to flagellate themselves through his very apotheosis.

The End of the Iraq War and the Beginning of an Election Year

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 02.18.2012 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

In today's parlance, Iraq looks like a war that was brought to us by the 1 percent, for the 1 percent, and attempting to further some ill-defined geopolitical goal of the 1 percent.

Tracking Vaclav Havel: From Orwell To Vermont And Into Prague

Lucas Kavner | Posted 02.18.2012 | Home
Lucas Kavner

This past week we lost a writer and a major intellectual, and we lost a brutal, confounding dictator. We also lost a playwright, a rebel, a rockstar, a chain-smoker, a renowned artist, a non-profit leader, and one of the most beloved presidents in history.

In Search of Meaning: Hitchens, Whitman and War

Josh Rushing | Posted 02.17.2012 | Home
Josh Rushing

Is there significance in the fact that Hitchens died on the last day of the war he was so vilified for supporting? Is there a metaphorical link between two people dying on the same day?

Was Christopher Hitchens Religious?

Marilyn Sewell | Posted 02.17.2012 | Religion
Marilyn Sewell

Hitchens did not miss his vocation. He has done more than most anyone to focus popular attention on the egregious dimensions of religion. He just wanted the world, and all its people, to be pure.