In light of Chris Hitchens' bout with oesophageal cancer a proclaimed Christian fundamentalist took it upon himself to write a rather touching blog post in which he claims to pray for Hitchens' recovery. First of all, I believe that it should have remained a private matter as it was obviously politically motivated, but that's beside the point. At one point in his post he stated: "I know the irony is not lost on [Hitchens] that the same faith he so
ruthlessly savaged is the same faith that compels me to wish him good
will during this terrible trial he is suffering."
My response to the post was as follows: "I rather doubt that it is exclusively your faith that would incite such
good will. I'd suggest that it is your humanity. You're selling yourself
short in implying that without faith you would wish to spite others."
The resultant conversation was one of him trying to convince me that the natural man is a savage and that we require faith to be civil. I disagreed and I hope you might as well.
Now, what I suppose I wish to say is that we have no reason to assume that we cannot be decent to one another without fear of divine retribution beyond death. Although I acknowledge that I am certainly not the first to say this.
You can view the entirety of our exchange here: http://www.sodahead.com/living/a-prayer-for-an-atheist/blog-396495/...