Albert Mohler: Christopher Hitchens in Hell for Unbelief

Albert Mohler is President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, and Darrel Falk, past President of BioLogos, calls Albert Mohler “among the most important evangelicals in the world” and a “giant” in evangelical and fundamentalist circles. In April of 2003, Time magazine referred to Mohler as America’s “reigning intellectual in the evangelical movement . . . ”

But here’s what Albert Mohler tweeted about Christopher Hitchens on the day of his death:

The point about Christopher Hitchens is not that he died of unbelief, but that his unbelief is all that matters now. Unspeakably sad.

But how does Albert Mohler know “all that matters now” with regard to another human being’s fate in relation to God? As a highly regarded leader and intellectual within evangelicalism, you would think Mohler would bring caution to his statements concerning God’s state of mind in relation to Christopher Hitchens, and whether he’s in hell or not.

And anyone can play the “mind of God” guessing game, so here’s my take (contra Mohler’s): if God exists, I think God loves Christopher Hitchens. He was an angel to believers “unawares.” If the Bible is going to be quoted around Hitchens’s death, it’s not the hell verses, but this one that gets my vote (Hebrews 13:2 from the King James Version):

Be not forgetful to entertain strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

The Episcopalian Christians who made the below video, in my opinion, display the “better angels” of religious sentiment. Mohler, by contrast, displays the type of sentiment that makes of religion a psychological poison, a perversity, an obscenity, a farce.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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8 Responses to Albert Mohler: Christopher Hitchens in Hell for Unbelief

  1. concerned christian says:

    Santi, I was not sure where to post this comment, you have quite a few postings on Hitchens, but sadly few follow up by readers. I wanted to comment on your first one, “the Passion of the Christopher,” but I was busy with what is going on in Egypt. I read this one today, and seeing that you, as usual, have tried different angles discussing this great man, I want to add few more on my own.
    First, Hitchens was an equal opportunity offender, he challenged almost every faith and every ideology; from Catholics to Muslims, and from liberals to conservatives. I was disappointed in his handling of Mother Theresa, and delighted with the way he handled Islam and, should I admit it, the way he handled Clinton.
    Second, he was a fighter who hardened his stand as the opposition attacked him more, so since Christian reaction to his criticism of Mother Theresa was moderate, this subject died quickly. While his position on Clinton and Islam became more focused as the other side challenge hardened their position.
    Third, while I wish that he would have found God, I don’t believe that Rev. Albert Mohler is the spokesman for God and he should not have passed judgment on any individual with such self assurance.
    Finally to go back to what Jonathan said in your other post, sadly maybe Hitchens will not be remembered in the future, actually even today he is only well known by the elite and those who watched his encounters with Bill Maher.
    And here’s the real issue that I want to raise; this year cancer claimed tow great lives, Steve Jobs and Christopher Hitchens; the gadget man and the idea man. Obviously Steve has a much bigger impact on the world we live in than Christopher, what that tell us about the world of today? I believe that if Christopher lived in the times of Voltaire, Hugo, or Benjamin Franklin, he would have been as famous as those people are, but since the time of Graham Bell, Edison, and Ford, inventors and innovators are the super heroes of the world. What to make of that and is this situation good or bad for humanity?

    • Santi Tafarella says:

      Another person of interest to have died recently is Vaclav Havel. Not many people are long remembered after they have died, but famous people can get lost in their notoriety (living with an eye on their future biographers). It must create a kind of house of mirrors effect on your life: a “collapse” of your subjectivity before the ever witnessing eye (to put it in Sartrean terms). If you’re a public intellectual, you’ve got to die well. Hitchens managed to do so.

      Perhaps the world notices inventors more than public intellectuals because the public intellectuals have won. The inventors are a product of Enlightenment philosophy bearing fruit. Whatever iteration the public intellectual takes (left or right; religious or anti-religious), the freedom in the West to speak your mind has been won. The buzz of novelty is in invention.

      • concerned christian says:

        On the other hand, the world still needs devil advocates, those who shout “The Emperor has no clothes”, and thus shock and annoy their colleagues and probably force some of them to reexamine their beliefs.
        Christopher Hitchens was a great devil advocate, may he rest in peace now.

      • Santi Tafarella says:

        People willing to openly break with the crowd are definitely needed in the world. It’s a value that should be taught to children.

        —Santi

  2. John says:

    Romans
    18The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.

    28Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. ……They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; ….they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.

    2 Thessalonians 1
    6 God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of his power
    ———-
    Now, If someone is a Christian…is there any other alternative for the God hater Hitchens? This wasnt someone who did anything other than persecute Christians, encourage people to turn away from God, and mock the One who gave him life and every good thing he had..

    You see, this topic is why atheists are so obsessive. This excuse that they are trying to combat ignorance and fables is a joke. They are fightin for their lives. If they’re wrong they know with absolute certainty that they are gonna have to account for every vile thing they have said. Yet when someone tells them what they already know..they even argue against , as you have done, that very truth.
    The message of judgment is not there to scare you into following God. Its simply there to tell you exactly whats gonna happen to you. If God wanted to scare you into following him he would go on CNN right now and make it crystal clear to you.
    Its not suppose to be an iron clad fact–then you would be coerced into doing someone you didnt really want to do. There is just enough doubt for you to say its all just bull crap. So you do exactly what your heart desires…God is bull crap to you. If He wasnt BS to you and Christs goodness resonated in your mind..you would go to Him and he would place the truth in your mind.

  3. concerned christian says:

    Santi,
    First, I skip some of the highly charged postings on both sides and start by belatedly -for Western Calendar keepers, and ahead of its time for my Julian Calendar- wish you a “Merry Christmas” and a happy new year.
    Second, as a peace offering on that occasion I post a link that connects Christmas and the death of Christopher from a Catholic point of view
    http://www.thegregorian.org/blog/christmas-vs.-christopher-hitchens

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