Atheist Christopher Hitchens is in Heaven

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Christopher Hitchens died of cancer. Along with being a powerful writer he was one of the leading advocates for atheism. Dying from cancer, he pledged he would not turn to God in his final minutes. He said if he ever made such a comment, it would only be if he was delirious and out of his mind.

Hitchens is now in heaven (I’m sure to his surprise). Can an atheist go to heaven? Do all Muslims go to hell? Who exactly invented these rules for salvation?

I was listening to a Christian radio show about bible questions and answers, and someone asked about dinosaurs in the bible. The speaker explained how the Great Flood created the dinosaur fossils. No scientific evidence was given to explain how being underwater for 40 days and nights created fossils deep beneath the earth, and in finely detailed layers as well.  I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I was like OMG…flabbergasted!  I could not believe grown, educated men could actually discuss flood created dinosaur fossils as reality and not a joke.

I think this type of religious thinking fueled Hitchens and others’ atheism. Hitchens wrote about religion: “Violent, irrational, intolerant, allied to racism and tribalism and bigotry, invested in ignorance and hostile to free inquiry, contemptuous of women and coercive toward children: organized religion ought to have a great deal on its conscience.”

I can’t argue with that. Hitchens is correct. However, Hitchens was wrong if he equated spirituality as being the same as religious dogma. There is a difference.  When atheists attack the very idea of spirituality, they become the flip side of the religion coin. Suddenly they are the ones who are in denial of reality.

After his cancer Hitchens was quoted about atheism: “No evidence or argument has yet been presented which would change my mind. But I like surprises.”

If an atheist, skeptic or scientist wants proof of an afterlife, it is out there. The evidence for the NDE (near-death-experience) is compelling. I would suggest it is proven. It seems those with an ideological axe to grind avoid examining the NDE research in detail. If skeptics did, the extensive NDE research would turn their worldview upside-down.

The NDE is the atheist’s dinosaur fossil.

According to near-death experiences a religious belief, or lack of them, don’t seem to matter much. What people do experience is a judgment day when we have to relive all the harm or good we did in our life. If you hurt someone, you will experience exactly what they felt, no escaping that. It sounds supremely fair to me. Hitchens now realizes he was mistaken, but he had a good reason to distain much of religion. Nobody will go to hell because they recognized religion’s nonsense. That would be supremely unfair.

There is also a very real chance that Mr. Hitchens may contact with those who were closest to him.  There exists a window of opportunity where the deceased may contact the living.  When my mother passed away, she contacted my father who is something of an agnostic.  I wrote about it on my blog at the time.  This is very real stuff, and I hope Mr. Hitchens’ loved ones are receptive to the possibility.

Speaking of After Death Communications (ADC) here is an excellent interview on the topic from my favorite esoteric podcast: Binnallofameria He has an excellent interview with Bill Guggenheim about the topic.

Before he got sick Hitchens’ had an opinion column that appeared in my local newspaper’s editorial section.  He was extremely perceptive.  I am happy Christopher Hitchens still exists.

Below is an excellent documentary about the NDE:

6 Responses to “Atheist Christopher Hitchens is in Heaven”

  1. Atheist Says:

    Anyone who understands the functions of the brain can explain what people experience when they describe what you are calling the NDE. Descriptions of white lights and tunnels are about as useful as a ouija board in proving there is an afterlife. It’s no more revelatory than when someone drops acid. Magical thinking is not something I can entertain as an Atheist, but the chemical interactions taking place in certain areas of the brain most certainly help shed light on what these people describe. No afterlife. Nothing supernatural. Just synapses and science, two things you probably dismiss as voodoo. When you get your Ph. D. in Neuroscience, feel free to comment on matters of the mind.

    I find your ramblings inflammatory, self serving, and grossly intellectually lacking. I’m sure Hitch would agree with my impression.

    On a side note, I would highly recommend you learn to speak of the dead with respect. Don’t drag Hitchens into your mission to indoctrinate the world with your ignorance. If you want to write about the NDE, write about it, but don’t invoke a literary master in your pursuit of your own selfish needs.

  2. David Says:

    Hi Atheist,

    There are accounts of people who were blind from birth and had visual experiences during an NDE. Can dropping acid do that? Again, the devil is in the details. Dismissing the NDE without understanding it is not productive. I’d suggest an open mind on the topic.

    I also think I’ve been very respectful of Mr. Hitchens. I may be the only person who believes atheists go to heaven when they die. What we believe is not important. What matters is acting with love and compassion towards others. Both the religious minded and the atheist can share those traits.

    Dave

    BTW, I made a hosting service switch before I made my Hitchens post. That post and your comment were lost. I recreated this post and I recreated your comment. I loved your comment! I wish more people thought I was inflammatory, self serving and grossly intellectually lacking. That makes for a popular blog. “Inflammatory” …I can only wish.

  3. Wavefree Says:

    To David:

    This Atheist that posted here seems familar in the Craigslist and TOPIX arena as a person with severe mental in- capabilities regarding his knowledge of the “mind”.He claims to be superior
    in “his mind” of knowing the human mind thur and thur, as if he is a “brain wizard” of the internet.
    I know his/her signaure. He claims to be a non believer and expert in all areas of everything.. He wants people too portray him/her as “very very smart”…using words that he/she feels will impress all to his “smartness”….IN REAL TIME, he/she is a cyberthug that lives in a warped perspective of the real world….A “loser” for sure. He/’She gets this false courage in “being invisable to the eye,
    to post bizarre thoughts/Thiesis of the mind.You will notice from the IP address that it comes from the Shreveport, La.area. Hes a nut case..

  4. David Says:

    Hi Wavefree,
    NO…STOP IT! I want to imagine “Atheist” is actually Richard Dawkins making a comment on my blog! That is my ultimate fantasy…Dawkins making a mean and insulting comment. I can only wish…”sigh”. I’d be in heaven.
    Dave

  5. susilo Says:

    someone said to me: “i don’t give a damn whether he is christians, moslems,jews,atheists,satanists,mormon, or even pagan-worshipper, as long as we can live together with peace and harmony, and tolerate each other, it’s absolutely fine for me.”

  6. David Says:

    Susilo,
    I strongly believe the more we interact with people of different faiths and beliefs, the less important our difference become. We realize the value of a person exceeds any dogma. Not that faith and beliefs don’t matter, they do. The differences between beliefs are not so important, compared to the right to believe whatever we choose.
    Dave

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