Hitchens Gets It — But Doesn’t Believe It.

Christopher Hitchens (atheist) understands the Gospel — but does not believe it.. In this short excerpt from The Berean Call, he slams a Unitarian “Minister” for her unbelief. What a wonderful put-down.



[In] Portland, Oregon, noted atheist Christopher Hitchens laid down some seriously good theology. Most people recognize Hitchens as the author of the bestselling book God Is Not Great: Why Religion Poisons Everything….In Portland he was interviewed by Unitarian minister Marilyn Sewell….The following exchange took place near the start of the interview:

Sewell: The religion you cite in your book is generally the fundamentalist faith of various kinds. I’m a liberal Christian, and I don’t take the stories from the Scripture literally. I don’t believe in the doctrine of atonement (that Jesus died for our sins, for example). Do you make any distinction between fundamentalist faith and liberal religion?
Hitchens: I would say that if you don’t believe that Jesus of Nazareth was the Christ and Messiah, and that he rose again from the dead and by his sacrifice our sins are forgiven, you’re really not in any meaningful sense a Christian.

Sewell wanted no part of that discussion so her next words are, “Let me go someplace else.”

This little snippet demonstrates an important point about religious “God-talk.” You can call yourself anything you like, but if you don’t believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross for our sins and then rose from the dead, you are not “in any meaningful sense” a Christian.

In one of the delicious ironies of our time, an outspoken atheist grasps the central tenet of Christianity better than many Christians do. What you believe about Jesus Christ really does make a difference.

From Dr. Ray Pritchard, “Christopher Hitchens Gets it Exactly Right,” KeepBelieving.com (2-1-10)



3 responses to “Hitchens Gets It — But Doesn’t Believe It.

  1. Also, Thomas, I agree with you about Luther. His view of the Jews and many other of his doctrines are certainly NOT Biblical.

    In Christ, ExP(Jack)

  2. Thomas — thanks for stopping by.
    You are right.. Jesus Christ is the only way of reconciliation to God.

    How can any Christian claim to be a Christian and hate the Jews. They are either not True Christians or do not understand Scripture..

    Romans 1:16 ” For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; TO THE JEW FIRST, and also to the Greek (Gentile).”

    In Jesus Christ eternally,


  3. i beleive that christ is the only way to be reconciled with god the father abraham how can christians love jesus and hate the jews Martin Luther comes to mind.