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December 18, 2012 / Daniel

Christopher Hitchens on Authentic Christianity

RIP : Christopher Hitchens : 1949 : 2011

In our Adult Sunday School Class, we have been studying 1 Corinthians 15, where Paul defends the doctrine of resurrection.   In this chapter, Paul lay outs a hypothetical scenario.  What if there is no resurrection?  What if Easter is a farce?

According to Paul, the believer’s resurrection rests on Jesus’ resurrection and Jesus’ resurrection is at the very heart of the gospel.  So, if we reject the resurrection of believer, we must also reject the resurrection of Christ.   And if we reject the resurrection of Christ, we must reject the entire gospel story.   So, the very essence of Christianity rests on the future resurrection of God’s people.  Otherwise, Paul writes, “If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied” (1 Cor. 15:19).

I love this exchange between Marilyn Sewell and Christopher Hitchens.

Sewell: “Mr. Hitchens, 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 a distinction between fundamentalist faith and liberal religion?”

Hitchens: “Well, 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.”

Check out the rest of Ben Stevens’ article.


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