Seriously, if Christopher Hitchens wrote a book about facing death as an atheist, wouldn’t you pick that up immediately?
He spoke with CNN’s Anderson Cooper about his esophageal cancer. It’s a point of view you rarely hear on television — an atheist with a potentially life-threatening disease responding to Christians who are praying for him (or praying against him).
I love this exchange regarding deathbed conversions:
Cooper: In a moment of doubt, isn’t there… I just find it fascinating that even when you’re alone and no one else is watching, there might be a moment when you want to hedge your bets.
Hitchens: If that comes, it will be when I’m very ill, when I’m half-demented either by drugs or by pain, and I won’t have control over what I say. I mention this in case you ever hear a rumor later on — because these things happen, and the faithful love to spread these rumors, “On his deathbed…” I can’t say that the entity that by then wouldn’t be me wouldn’t do such a pathetic thing, but I can tell you that, not while I’m lucid, no. I can be quite sure of that.
Cooper: So if there’s some story that on your deathbed…
Hitchens: Don’t believe it. Don’t credit it.
Good to know his mind is still working at full-speed.
I also enjoyed Roger Ebert‘s reaction to the video: