Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Pray for Hitch


Christopher Hitchens has recently been diagnosed with throat cancer. Or he's 'battling' throat cancer, as the papers say. This might be a result of his long and close relationship with tobacco and scotch, or it might not. Not surprisingly, some of the Christers that Hitchens so frequently excoriates can barely contain their Schadenfreude, and they know exactly what – sorry, who – is responsible for Hitch’s state of health. I found this nauseating piece of smugness on biblearchaeology.org a minute or two ago:

The militant God-hater, Christopher Hitchens, has been diagnosed with throat cancer, Fox News is reporting.

Subtext: ‘Hooray! 'Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord.' God is great after all!’

Hitchens is well known for his hatred of God and the Christian faith.

A couple of words too many there. Hitchens does not hate God. It would not be intelligent to waste hatred on non-existent entities when there are flesh and blood dictators, arrogant censors and mirthless, death-infatuated clerics out there to focus it on. It is true that he hates the Christian faith, though. Well spotted.

Despite his irrational anti-theism, we admonish all followers of Christ who read this post to pray that the sovereign Spirit of God convict him that his worldview is entirely false, he has sinned against a just and holy God, and that he repent and receive Jesus Christ as God and Savior.

Hitchens is irrational? Surely, sir, from your perspective, it is excess of rationality that he should be taxed withal? After all, look at the claims he is dismissing: God creates the world and human beings, but fails to foresee their disobedience. (Advice to men and gods; don’t have kids or creatures if you are not prepared for them to outgrow and outshine you.) So, miffed, He decides to flood the Earth and drown his creatures, instead of just zapping them, Dalek-like, into nothingness. That would surely have been easier, as well as a good deal more hygienic. In the event, the flood proves to be a bad move and a waste of time, as the human race remains stubborn, and God realizes that unless they shape up, they will all have to go to the nasty place He originally created for Satan and all his angels. Why does that follow? Well, God is so good, so perfect, that He cannot allow the sinful into His presence. So infinite is His goodness that He needs must cast them into unremitting torment. Stands to reason. That He, of His goodness and bounty, might devise some humane and intelligent system of post-mortem rehabilitation does not occur to Him. The best plan He can come up with to avoid this outcome is to incarnate in an obscure and illiterate Roman province, sacrifice Himself to Himself, and expect subsequent generations to believe that this solves the problem. Admit it, this whacky scenario and the manifold arguments cooked up to justify it do require ‘willing suspension of disbelief’, to put it at its mildest. I could devise a more effective Plan for Mankind in my lunch hour. So I wouldn’t hold your breath for Hitch’s conversion. Is the Pope about to join the Moonies? Well, then.

It is not our place as Christians to say the specific reasons why Mr. Hitchens has contracted this disease.

Oh, come off it. Why are you writing this piece, unless to imply that as Christians, you know exactly why Hitchens has fallen ill, and jolly well serve him right, too? Excuse me while I bring up my lunch. Smug hypocrisy affects me that way.

We only know that God often uses illness as a means to bring people to repentance and faith. We can only hope Mr. Hitchens responds.

Yeah, well. It is not hard to imagine what his response to that would be, is it?

16 comments:

Deiniol said...

You know, whenever I read one of your entertaining spleen-ventings on the subject of Christianity, I'm always reminded of Gore Vidal's comment that Christianity was the gravest disaster ever to befall the West. (Personally, I'd add Islam to that, but then again, with no Christianity there would be no Islam. Nor any Manichaeanism, though, which I've always thought to be a loss.)

Vilges Suola said...

I'd agree about Islam. I don't know enough about Manichaeanism to know whether it was a loss or not, to be honest. I hate the concept of sin as much as anything; it fucks with the mind in ways eminently exploitable by those who love Lording it over others.

Bo said...

Ah, Nazareth's gift to the joy of nations again, to use another brilliant Vidalism...

Yewtree said...

Do you think Mr Hitchens would mind me praying for him to get well so as to prove the right-wing fundies wrong? (Don't get me wrong, I don't believe in petitionary prayer, but it's worth a try....)

Vilges Suola said...

As you say, it's worth a try. I do hope he does get well, but then they'll probably think God is holding off to give him more repentance-time.

naturgesetz said...

Nicely done caricature of what mature Christians actually believe. Makes it easier to dismiss than true Christianity, I suppose. Straw men always are more easily refuted than another's actual position.

Vilges Suola said...

Christians represent so many positions that the religion is all things to all believers, many of whom claim they are the only true Christians and the rest are heretics. Remember, there are 'true Christians' who want men like you and me dead, would utterly deny your right to term yourself a Christian, and quote scripture in support of their views. Somebody would claim I was setting up a straw man whatever I wrote. You all need to get together and decide what exactly 'true Christianity' is. I'm not holding my breath for an agreement any time soon.

Whether the writer of that piece holds views such as the ones I was sending up I don't know. He believes in the literal truth of Noah's ark. I just found his smug judgementalism masquerading as concern for Hitch's eternal soul very unpleasant.

Gorgeous cats!

Dah Pessimist said...

I hated Hitchens Fuck him.....

With a big fucking F forking into his ass!!!

Vilges Suola said...

Not enough to say you hate him, Pessimist. Say why, and make it an intelligent justification. Mere prejudice isn't appreciated here.

Dah Pessimist said...

As i am a galloway fan also i must add hitchins has no class, must he ridicule others beleifs and arouse more conflict towards eachother. Let one beleive in what they want " mere prejudice" you say and you praise hitchens work......

Fuck me lol

Hitchens is a lost man insecure and pushing his beleifs onto others to aid his own confusion...

Vilges Suola said...

If there's one thing Hitchens is not, it's insecure. He is utterly certain of what he believes, doesn't believe, and why. He would be the first to allow that you are free to believe what you like. How is he 'pushing his beliefs onto others'? He usually engages in debates, where there is a supporter of opposing views, and the listeners get to vote who was the more convincing. And if you read any book of his and disagree, then you are perfectly free to write a better one.

So I still don't know what your objections are.

Dah Pessimist said...

George Galloway debates Christopher Hitchens at Baruch University in New York in Sept. 2005

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50-dkhCTRgg

Dah Pessimist said...

Seriously you cant see how dillusional this man is pity pity.....

Vilges Suola said...

Well,I'm still waiting for you to point out some concrete examples, that's why.

Dah Pessimist said...

only a fool would support aayan hirsi

Vilges Suola said...

Well, if I'm a fool for supporting a woman who speaks out against honour killings, forced marriages, female genital mutilation, suppression of women, persecution of homosexuals,censorship of ideas and supppression of dissent, I am quite happy to be a fool. Now give me your reasons for thinking I am one.

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