Christopher Hitchens Seeing the Despair In “Best Laid Plans” By Men?

Fixed Point (video at the end) discusses what we Christians were all thinking who have known and enjoyed Hitchens via debates with great Christian thinkers as well as his weekly insights on the Hugh Hewitt show. In a previous post I asked and said this in regards to the news of his cancer:

…will he remain an atheist to death. Many in his place have, but typically die through disease inflicted through too many partners, or drug overdoses. Sartre and Flew are examples of others who have changed their minds, even if at a late hour. I will be praying for Hitchens, that he escape the worst sickness of all… his rebellion against his Creator.

A great question, considering his diagnosis of a deadly form of cancer. Here is a more recent story from Politico:

…Hitchens was describing the events leading up to his hospitalization, in which he learned of his diagnosis.

“In whatever kind of a ‘race’ life may be, I have very abruptly become a finalist. … I can’t see myself smiting my brow with shock or hear myself whining about how it’s all so unfair: I have been taunting the Reaper into taking a free scythe in my direction and have now succumbed to something so predictable and banal that it bores even me,” he writes. “Rage would be beside the point for the same reason. Instead, I am badly oppressed by a gnawing sense of waste. I had real plans for my next decade and felt I’d worked hard enough to earn it. Will I really not live to see my children married? To watch the World Trade Center rise again? To read — if not indeed write — the obituaries of elderly villains like Henry Kissinger and Joseph Ratzinger?”

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Inspiration for insertion of this Robot Chicken can be blamed entirely on The Anchoress:

He is being brought to the importance of a decision by the one-to-one ratio that besets us all. He is also being brought to the realization of the compassion indwelt in the Judeo-Christian worldview… something he has waged war on – God.


 

Christopher Hitchens, Cancer


HotAir’s Allahpundit (an atheist) shows his respect:

…His prognosis, not in only terms of survival but in carrying on with speech and debate, is unknown thus far. But here’s a passage from the Merck handbook linked above:

Because esophageal cancer usually is not diagnosed until the disease has spread, the death rate is high. Fewer than 5% of people survive more than 5 years. Many die within a year of noticing the first symptoms. Because nearly all cases of esophageal cancer are fatal, the doctor’s main objective is to control symptoms, especially pain and the inability to swallow, which can be very frightening to the person and loved ones (see Death and Dying: Difficulty Swallowing)….

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His debates on religion were not that impressive, outside of rhetoric and polemics. His stance against Muslim terrorism around the world is phenomenal. But I ask this question, will he remain an atheist to death. Many in his place have, but typically die through disease inflicted through too many partners, or drug overdoses. Sartre and Flew are examples of others who have changed their minds, even if at a late hour. I will be praying for Hitchen’s, that he escape the worst sickness of all… his rebellion against his Creator.