Christopher Hitchens, 2007
|Born||13 April 1949
Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
|Died||15 December 2011 (aged 62)
Houston, Texas, United States
|Occupation||Author, journalist, activist, pundit|
|Alma mater||Balliol College, Oxford|
|Genres||Polemicism, journalism, essays, biography, literary criticism|
Christopher Eric Hitchens (13 April 1949– 15 December 2011) was an Anglo-American atheist, writer and debater. He wrote for various magazines including The Nation, Free Inquiry, Slate, and others. He was a supporter of the philosophical movement humanism.
Hitchens was educated at Balliol College, Oxford. After graduation in 1970, he became a magazine writer. In 1982, he moved to Washington, D.C. In 1988, he learned from his grandmother that his mother was Jewish, but had kept her religion a secret. Hitchens remained an atheist and did not adopt any religious faith. He did not write about his religious views until his 2007 book God Is Not Great: how religion poisons everything.
Hitchens tried to write from first-hand experience. To write his essays, he braved gunfire in Sarajevo, he was jailed in Czechoslovakia, and in 2008, he was brutally beaten in Beirut, Lebanon. In 2009, Hitchens agreed to be waterboarded. He wrote in Vanity Fair magazine, "If waterboarding does not constitute torture then there is no such thing as torture".
Books written by Christopher Hitchens [change]
- God is not Great
- The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever
- Is Christianity Good for the World?
- Christopher Hitchens In Depth. Book TV. 2 September 2007. List of writers can be seen @ 1:13:10.
- Schudel, Matt (December 17, 2011). "Religious skeptic and acerbic master of the contrarian essay". Washington Post: p. B6.