Christopher Hitchens, 1949-2011

“Faith is the surrender of the mind; it’s the surrender of reason, it’s the surrender of the only thing that makes us different from other mammals. It’s our need to believe, and to surrender our skepticism and our reason, our yearning to discard that and put all our trust or faith in someone or something, that is the sinister thing to me. Of all the supposed virtues, faith must be the most overrated.”
(http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/8448250/Christopher-Hitchens-most-provocative-quotes.html)

 

I disagreed with almost all his positions with regard to US foreign policy,e.g., his support for the morally bankrupt Iraq war (PZ Myers goes into further detail about his dark side). But in many other areas, such as the statement above, I couldn’t agree more. Anyway, it’s always sad that someone should die so young.

UPDATE: This should do justice to his memory, I think.

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