Christopher Hitchens: The Michael Moore of Religion
January 29, 2008
One telling aspect of a debater is how often he or she resorts to name-calling, sarcasm, or more frequently, arrogant assertions that everyone except his opponent is very much aware how right he is. Well, Christopher Hitchens makes a point of getting the triple crown whenever he can open his mouth, and a recent debate with Intelligent Design advocate Jay Richards demonstrates. Read some of these Hitchisms, and admire how, with Matrix-like efficieny, an “intellectual” dodges every issue:
“I can’t imagine it’ll take me 14 minutes to demolish intelligent design, as I refuse to call it…”
“I rest my case… [t]his is an honest guy, who has just made it very clear [that] science has nothing to do with his world view.” [said after asking Richards if he believed the virgin birth and resurrection, to which Richards answered yes]
“I think I am smarter than most people…”
Honestly, I don’t think we can blame Hitchens completely. He is the product of an intellectuall system which has long abandoned the art of reason and dialogue and settled for intellectual elitism and class-based social discrimination. He is simply regurgitating the same talking points Oxford has been churning out for almost a century.
He is like the Michael Moore of religion, producing hit pieces long on conjecture and phantom repression-theory but short on substance and facts. A intellectual shock-jock–nothing less, and certainly nothing more.
Read: Thinking Christian’s take