Thursday night we lost the incomparable British-American author Christopher Hitchens to pneumonia, as a result of a complication from his esophageal cancer. In memory of his great mind and tremendous capacity for truth mixed with intellectual wit, here’s a clip from the “Is There An Afterlife?” debate with Christopher Hitchens, Rabbi David Wolpe, Sam Harris, and Rabbi Bradley Artson Shavit, wherein he talks about making good friends with a devout Christian.
The event took place on February 15th 2011 at 7:30 p.m. at the Wadsworth Theatre in Los Angeles, CA:
Vanity Fair, where Hitchens was a contributing editor, has a moving memorial to him. They noted a few of his recent thoughts on cancer and death in an article entitled “In Memoriam: Christopher Hitchens, 1949-2011″:
“Cancer victimhood contains a permanent temptation to be self-centered and even solipsistic,” Hitchens wrote nearly a year ago in Vanity Fair, but his own final labors were anything but.
“My chief consolation in this year of living dyingly has been the presence of friends,” he wrote in the June 2011 issue. He died in their presence, too, at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.
Hitchens was a television commentator who also contributed at Slate, Harper’s, and the Atlantic as well as authoring over 20 books. He is survived by his wife Carol Blue and his three daughters Antonia, Alexander and Sophia.
Who will say the things that no one else dares to say now?
Rest in peace, Mr. Hitchens. We will miss you and quotes like this, “That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.”