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(Image: Richard Wilkinson ) Can't live with him, can't live without him.
From the start Christopher Hitchens had it—the voice, the distinctive voice that is the hallmark of a real writer and a bottom line for a columnist, which he was for The Nation , under the title “Minority Report,” from 1985 to October 14, 2002.
Christopher Hitchens, Daniel Dennett, Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris together for the final time in the NS. In the special Christmas issue of the New Statesman , guest-edited by the evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins and available for purchase here , the four leading members of the New Atheism movement have been brought together for the final time. The name "Four Horsemen" refers to Richard Dawkins , Christopher Hitchens , Daniel Dennett and Sam Harris and was first used during a 2007 debate in which they discussed their criticisms of religion and advocated critical thinking.
Tributes, memories and paeans of praise for the late Christopher Hitchens poured in this morning, bringing home with force the sheer reach and power of the great polemicist – the "finest orator of our time" and a "valiant fighter against all tyrants including God" , according to his fellow atheist Richard Dawkins.
Although we obviously had our differences, I was pleased to see that the vast majority of the well-deserved establishment kudos that our friend Christopher Hitchens received after he died were not inconsistent with Christopher Buckley’s assessment that Hitchens was “the greatest living essayist in the English language.” About the Author
By CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS
“ To ‘choose’ dogma and faith over doubt and experience is to throw out the ripening vintage and to reach greedily for the Kool-Aid.” — God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything , 2007 “She's got no charisma of any kind [but] I can imagine her being mildly useful to a low-rank porn director.”