Christopher Hitchens Didn’t “Contemplate Conversion” on His Deathbed


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A new book by Larry Alex Taunton, called The Faith of Christopher Hitchens, suggests that Hitchens was “contemplating conversion” near the end of his life, though he never actually made that leap:

By Hemant Mehta | Friendly Atheist

“I discovered Christopher is not defined by his atheism,” Taunton said. “Atheism is a negative and you can’t build a philosophy around a negative. Christopher was searching for a unifying system of thought. They’re accusing me of saying he converted. I make no such claim. It’s not my claim that Christopher converted, it’s that Christopher was contemplating conversion. I think I substantiate it in the book.

That’s quite a claim — especially considering that the evidence we’ve seen from Christian media sources suggests that the substantiation boils down to nothing more than “Hitchens was friends with some Christian apologists.”

Who would you trust more? Christian apologists who have everything to gain by spreading a lie that can’t be refuted by the man himself… or his wife, Carol Blue, who was at his side when he died?

When he revealed his sorry physical state, discussion raged over whether he would have a death-bed conversion and embrace religion for solace or salvation.

That never happened, said Ms. Blue.

“He lived by his principles until the end. To be honest, the subject of God didn’t come up.”

Hitchens also addressed the topic during an interview with Anderson Cooper not long before his death:

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