Hitchens “Anti-Theist”

“(Richard) Dawkins and co. are appalled by the belief in God, (Christopher) Hitchens is far more appalled by the idea that anyone would want to obey Him,” observes Ross Douthat.

"Whereas Dawkins and co. are appalled by the belief in God, (Christopher) Hitchens is far more appalled by the idea that anyone would want to obey Him," writes columnist Ross Douthat, who is reading Hitchens’ memoir, "Hitch-22". On "the wild disproportionality of Hitchens’ antipathy toward religion," he says: "By 'disproportionate' I mean that the roots of his God-hatred are more mysterious than they are for, say, a Richard Dawkins." "Every true romantic needs...a villain to whose destruction he can consecrate himself. Never one for half measures, Hitchens just decided to go all the way to the top."

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