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    • Love him or hate him but he sure provides food for thought. He also exercised his right to free speech. Was and is he a positive influence for atheist thought or would atheism have grown stronger without him? Did he smash the doors open so other more moderate voices could speak with reason and without being attacked quite so much? Will history be kind to Hitchens? The book by Greta Christina is one I own but according to Kindle I've only read 41% of it. At the time I read it I tended to agree with it more than disagree and at times I have some of the anger that Hitchens had but I darn't express it.

    • I can't comment on the Christina book as I haven't read it, but I was a Hitchens fan (usually).

      I can't really see how he did the atheist movement any harm. Quite the contrary, I'd say, as his association with the Four Horsemen (Dennett, Dawkins, Hitchens and Harris) attracted a huge following and his book God is not Great was a bestseller. He probably pissed a lot of religious people off, but I suspect those people are beyond persuasion. Better to convince those who are in doubt with compassion, reason and humor. In the meantime, the uncompromising rejection of the supernatural can only encourage agnostics to finally make peace with their inner atheism.

      I think history has already been unkind to his support of the Iraq war. But I think he will be mainly remembered as a witty and astute literary and social critic. Personally, I'm keeping a copy of his last book, Mortality, around for when my time comes.