The Faith of Christopher Hitchens

I can’t open a single news outlet these days without seeing Larry Alex Taunton’s book “The Faith of Christopher Hitchens, The Restless Soul of the World’s Most Notorious Atheist”. It shows up in my Amazon suggestions, it shows up in my Twitter feed and in my Google search results (at those times I care to use Google). As I understand, Taunton hints at the possibility that Hitchens may have considered Christianity towards the end of his life, suffering as he was from oesophageal cancer. The basis of this assertion is that Mr. Taunton and Mr. Hitchens read from the gospel of John together on two road trips. Frankly, I’m rather sick of hearing about it.

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Is atheism really that hard to understand?

As an atheist, I can understand that people are perhaps surprised that I don’t believe in a god. After all, the majority of people on this planet is religious to some degree and even here in the secular Netherlands, many people believe there “must be something”.
However, what will never cease to amaze me, is the fact that people do not understand what atheism means. Atheism is consistently misrepresented, mainly by religious people. They try to argue that atheism is somehow just another religion. Is atheism really that hard to understand? Well, apparently it is because today I picked up on a truly awful piece of writing by a Brad Emery, who published an “article” in the Australia edition of The Huffington Post, entitled: “Dear Atheists, I Truly Admire Your Faith“.

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Building blocks of life’s first self-replicator recreated in lab | New Scientist

New Scientist has an article announcing that a team of the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich has found a plausible way to generate the two purine nucleosides, adenosine and guanosine – A and G in the genetic code. This is a big step to explaining how RNA may have formed spontaneously on the primordial Earth.

RNA molecules are thought to be some of the earliest self-replicators that led to life. Now their building blocks have been made to self-assemble in a lab

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Why creationists are out of time with history and science

An interesting piece in The Guardian by Dr. David Hone, about why creationists are out of time with history and science. It explores one example of the dishonesty that creationists are forced to employ in order to make creation “fit” with their view of reality: a world created by God.

Creationists fail to appreciate the history of science as well as science itself

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“The Faith of Christopher Hitchens” …In Which I Read Snake Oil

An excellent article by Dan Wall, over on northierthanthou, about Christian apologists making up rumours about Christopher Hitchens maybe having a deathbed conversion. We’ve been hearing about this since Charles Darwin supposedly had one. Anyway, over to Dan.

I’m starting to wonder if it isn’t the fate of prominent atheists to end up with Christian apologists for spokesmen. Okay, I don’t literally believe in fate (either), but let̵…

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