Facing Death Without God.
A Christian’s Response to
Hardback: Twelve, 2012.
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An Essay by Alex Dye
“Once more into the fray, into the last good fight I’ll ever know, live and die on this day, live and die on this day.”
-John Ottway from The Grey
“There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,” -Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 (NIV)
Editor’s Note: Page references are to Mortality unless otherwise noted.
Christopher Hitchens never met a cow so sacred that he would not gleefully serve it medium-rare with a glass of red wine (or more-likely scotch), if the mood struck just right. As a journalist, he endeavored to explore, unravel, and critique the largely unchallenged parts of society. In doing so, has taken on Christianity and religion as a whole, the Pope, Tony Blair, Bill Clinton, and even dear Mother Theresa in his short work Missionary Position: Mother Theresa in Theory and in Practice. For some, he has been on the radar for quite some time as an author, speaker, and avid spokesman for atheists. For others, his name has only recently cropped up with the much hailed release of his series of essays entitled Arguably and his posthumously released memoir on the process of dying from cancer, Mortality. It is the latter that I would like analyze and respond to in this article.