Christopher Hitchens — Rust in Peace
Today some conservatives and probably some leftie atheists are mourning the passing of the ardent atheist and writer Christopher Hitchens. Hot Air has a lurkingly admiring post here: http://hotair.com/archives/2011/12/16/christopher-hitchens-1949-2011.
However, if you ask those atheists they will deny they are mourning in any real sense of the word, just as they deny meaning to the entire world. All that happened in their view was that an accidental collection of particles that happened to be formed as a man and named Hitchens disassociated and passed into the eternally writhing mass of matter, which is the only atheistic reality. What happened was no more than the belts and wires and plugs of a car’s engine yielding to time and matter’s inexorable claims. Thus, Hitchens, who himself bemoaned the fact that his “transmission belts” which powered his hands were fading, deserves no more than the decay and deterioration that his god, matter, promises. Rust in Peace, Mr. Hitchens.
P.S. As a Catholic I cannot conclude this way. Perhaps the humble woman he sought to pull down even farther into dirt, Mother Teresa, came to him in his last excruciating minutes and offered him the solace of Christ Whose suffering exceeded the weight of the world, past, present and future.