What can be asserted without proof can be dismissed without proof.
-Christopher Hitchens, author and journalist (13
God is so all real and absolute that no material sign of proof or no
demonstration of so-called miracle may be offered in testimony of his
reality. Always will we know him because we trust him, and our belief in
him is wholly based on our personal participation in the divine
manifestations of his infinite reality.
(102:7.7) If science, philosophy, or sociology dares to
become dogmatic in contending with the prophets of true
religion, then should God-knowing men reply to such
unwarranted dogmatism with that more farseeing dogmatism of
the certainty of personal spiritual experience, "I know what
I have experienced because I am a son of I AM." If the
personal experience of a faither is to be challenged by
dogma, then this faith-born son of the experiencible Father
may reply with that unchallengeable dogma, the statement of
his actual sonship with the Universal Father.
(102:7.9-10) If the nonreligious approaches to cosmic
reality presume to challenge the certainty of faith on the
grounds of its unproved status, then the spirit experiencer
can likewise resort to the dogmatic challenge of the facts
of science and the beliefs of philosophy on the grounds that
they are likewise unproved; they are likewise experiences in
the consciousness of the scientist or the philosopher.
Of God, the most inescapable of all presences, the most
real of all facts, the most living of all truths, the most
loving of all friends, and the most divine of all values, we
have the right to be the most certain of all universe
(157:2.1) Said the leader of the disturbers: "Teacher, we would like you
to give us a sign of your authority to teach, and then, when the same
shall come to pass, all men will know that you have been sent by God."
And Jesus answered them: "When it is evening, you say it will be fair
weather, for the heaven is red; in the morning it will be foul weather,
for the heaven is red and lowering. When you see a cloud rising in the
west, you say showers will come; when the wind blows from the south, you
say scorching heat will come. How is it that you so well know how to
discern the face of the heavens but are so utterly unable to discern the
signs of the times? To those who would know the truth, already has a
sign been given; but to an evil-minded and hypocritical generation no
sign shall be given."
Christopher Eric Hitchens (13 April
1949 – 15 December 2011) was an Anglo-American author,
literary critic and journalist.
He contributed to New Statesman, The Nation, The
Atlantic, London Review of Books, The Times Literary
Supplement and Vanity Fair. Hitchens was the
author, co-author, editor and co-editor of over thirty books,
including five collections of essays, on a range of subjects,
including politics, literature and religion. A staple of talk
shows and lecture circuits, his confrontational style of
debate made him both a lauded and controversial figure. Known
for his contrarian stance on a number of issues, Hitchens
excoriated such public figures as Mother Teresa; Bill Clinton;
Henry Kissinger; Noam Chomsky; Diana, Princess of Wales; and
Pope Benedict XVI. He was the elder brother of author Peter
Long describing himself as a socialist and a Marxist,
Hitchens began his break from the established political left
after what he called the "tepid reaction" of the Western left
to the controversy over The Satanic Verses, followed
by the left's embrace of Bill Clinton, and the "anti-war"
movement's opposition to intervention in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Even though Hitchens did not leave his position writing for The
Nation until post-9/11, stating that he felt the
magazine had arrived at a position "that John Ashcroft is a
greater menace than Osama bin Laden." The September 11 attacks
"exhilarated" him, bringing into focus "a battle between
everything I love and everything I hate," and strengthening
his embrace of an interventionist foreign policy which
challenged "fascism with an Islamic face". His numerous
editorials in support of the Iraq War caused some to label him
a neoconservative, although Hitchens insisted he was not "a
conservative of any kind", and his friend Ian McEwan described
him as representing the anti-totalitarian left. Indeed, in a
2010 BBC interview, he stated that he was "still a Marxist".
A noted critic of religion and an antitheist, he said that
a person "could be an atheist and wish that belief in god were
correct", but that "an antitheist, a term I'm trying to get
into circulation, is someone who is relieved that there's no
evidence for such an assertion". According to Hitchens, the
concept of a god or a supreme being is a totalitarian belief
that destroys individual freedom, and that free expression and
scientific discovery should replace religion as a means of
teaching ethics and defining human civilisation. His
anti-religion polemic, New York Times Bestseller, God
Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, sold
over 500,000 copies.
Hitchens died on 15 December 2011 from complications
arising from esophageal cancer, a disease that he acknowledged
was more than likely due to his lifelong predilection for
heavy smoking and drinking.
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