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  1. richtaylor365

    As a Christian, I found Hitchens to be highly entertaining, thought provoking, razor sharp, and mildly irritating in causing me (at times) to self examine. I still think he was dead wrong on his atheism, but afford all adults the same privileges I wish they would afford me, that we are all capable of coming to our own well thought out conclusions, and each should be respected.

    I found him much more readable and persuasive than Dawkins, but found both positions fundamentally flawed in them blaming religion for all the world’s ills.

    I can only imagine what Hitchens would say now ,”Oh well, can’t win them all”.

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  2. Thrill

    Rich, I seem to recall one time a few years ago (I’m thinking 2008) that you jokingly said to Lee that he was modeling his life after Chris Hitchens’s. Now that they’re both gone, I suddenly remembered that. Can’t find it in the archives right now, but will keep looking.

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  3. Hal_10000 *

    Rich, I seem to recall one time a few years ago (I’m thinking 2008) that you jokingly said to Lee that he was modeling his life after Chris Hitchens’s. Now that they’re both gone, I suddenly remembered that. Can’t find it in the archives right now, but will keep looking.

    I had that thought, too.

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  4. CM

    Just noticed this. I love Dick’s comment above. Amen! (not)

    Of all the people that have been most likely to alter my opinion on something, he would be right near the top.

    I also liked this aspect of him:

    Hitchens was one of the very few people who could slash and burn you in print, then meet for drinks and talk in the true warmth of friendship, discussing a writer we both admired, garrulous to the very last. It was a sign of his essential decency that he didn’t make it personal.

    Read more http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/comment/2011/12/christopher-hitchens-and-iraq.html#ixzz1h8QGr5mt

    Awesome.
    A really sad loss. We’re all worse off.

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