Christopher Hitchens Bio and Positions

Education

Balliol College, Oxford, Degrees in English, Philosophy and Economics

Books (short list)
  • 1999 No One Left to Lie To: The Values of the Worst Family 
  • 2001 Letters to a Young Contrarian, Basic Books
  • 2002 Why Orwell Matters, Basic Books
  • 2007 God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything
Notable Debates

Christopher Hitchens vs Rabbi Wolpe

Christopher Hitchens vs John Lennox

Christopher Hitchens vs William Lane Craig

Despite being one of the most convincing and transformative speakers and nonfiction writers of the last century, Christopher Hitchens’ bio reads like fiction. Born April 13th ,1949 and trained at Balliol college in Oxford, his career as a journalist, author and social critic spanned several decades before his all too early passing on December 15th, 2011 after a well publicized  battle with esophageal cancer.

Christopher Hitchens (never to be called ‘Chris’ as Hitchens fans know all too well), was the son of a career Naval brat Eric and Yvonnean an English socialite. Sent away to bordering school as an adolescent at his mother’s demands who proclaimed “if there is going to be a ruling class in this country, Christopher is going to be part of it.”

Known for his unparralled ability to articulate his positions, his charisma and wit, he was a sought after speaker and debater whose rise coincided with the rise of YouTube where everyone was able to see his enchanting style of speaking. While he was well known in political and journalism circles since his 20s, it was not until the publication of his breakout bestseller God is Not Great that he became a household name. For accompanying book tour, the Hitch tore through the Bible Belt debating fundamentalist ministers and theologists alike. A trend that would not stop after the completion of the tour as he, by his own account, continued to do speaking events and debates multiple times a week until his ultimate passing on December 15, 2011. While numerous tributes emerged after his death, we’ll close this section with the words of one of his frequent opponents about the man:

In his brilliant history of early modern England, “The Ends of Life,” historian Keith Thomas quotes a translator named George Petrie who wrote in 1581, “The only way to win immortality is either to do things worth the writing, or write things worth the reading.”  Christopher Hitchens is, by this reckoning, twice immortal.

Rabbi David Wolpe on Christopher Hitchens

As a Public Intellectual 

Since his passing, the community (both fans and haters alike) have had trouble characterizing his role. Journalist? Philosopher? Social Critic? Wikipedia has had numerous community arguments and edits to debate the issue, but currently he’s listed as an ‘intellectual, philosopher and social critic.’ 

Needless to say, we believe it truly impossible to summarize a career as diverse and well documented as the Hitchens’ was but we’ll do our best to summarize some of his positions and incidents that helped him achieve his cult following online, however most of that is attributable to his unmatched rhetorical ability. At the ScholarFactCheck, we feel bad for the younger converts to the Skepticism movement. Yes, they can still see great speakers such as Jordan Peterson and Richard Dawkins, or great debaters such as Sam Harris and Ben Shapiro, but they’ll never get to see the Hitch. They’ll never get to see the real thing.

Christopher Hitchens Popular Quotes

  • “There is nothing more, but I want nothing more.” 
  • “What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence.”
  • “Faith is the surrender of the mind; it’s the surrender of reason, it’s the surrender of the only thing that makes us different from other mammals. It’s our need to believe, and to surrender our skepticism and our reason, our yearning to discard that and put all our trust or faith in someone or something, that is the sinister thing to me. Of all the supposed virtues, faith must be the most overrated.
  • One could happily make a case that more random civilians, and fewer fucking lawyers, should be on the court. But the only other thing to say about Miers is that she is a fucking lawyer.

 Selected Positions

Below is a list of views held by Christopher Hitchens on a variety of relevant issues. Remember if we have misrepresented Mr. Hitchens in any possible way, please drop us a note as soon as you see the error.

Christopher Hitchens on the Media

Christopher Hitchens on the Media

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Christopher Hitchens on Alcohol

Christopher Hitchens on AlcoholPerhaps the activity people most associate with Christopher Hitchens, outside of wit and rhetorical ability, was proclivity to drink alcohol constantly and in large doses. His "work lunches" were famous for beginning at noon and ending...

Christopher Hitchens on George Washington

Christopher Hitchens on George Washington

Christopher Hitchens on George Washington Though he’s written an entire book on Thomas Jefferson, we came across some quotes of Christopher Hitchens on George Washington and thought they were interesting enough to justify creating an entire page about. For...

Christopher Hitchens on Aliens

Christopher Hitchens on Aliens

Christopher Hitchens on Aliens Given some recent news events, such as the pentagon officially releasing a statement that confirms that some recent UFO videos (not necessarily aliens) are real, we thought we would check the record to see what Christopher Hitchens...

Christopher Hitchens on Bill Clinton

Christopher Hitchens on Bill ClintonChristopher Hitchens’ opinions on Bill Clinton were rough from the outset, even before the scandal that plagued Clinton’s presidency. Even though the famed author wrote an entire (albeit brief) book documenting the moral...

Christopher Hitchens on Circumcision

Christopher Hitchens on Circumcision

Christopher Hitchens on CircumcisionWhile he had been involved in the religion debate for a long time prior to his publication, the issue of circumcision was of increasing importance to Christopher Hitchens (both as a moral issue and rhetorical strategy) towards the...

Christopher Hitchens on Noam Chomsky (and vice versa)

Christopher Hithcens and Noam Chomsky: it's complicated As two influential political commentators for many decades, Noam Chomsky and Christopher Hitchens had a long and, at times complicated, public relationship. Given Hitchens was a strong and believing socialist...

Christopher Hitchens on Donald Trump

Christopher Hitchens on Donald TrumpSince we just wrote an article covering Christopher Hitchens’ opinions on Presidential hopeful Joe Biden, we thought it fitting to find every reference to current president Donald Trump. Unfortunately, those references are limited...

Christopher Hitchens on the Confederate Flag

Christopher Hitchens on the Confederate FlagSince it’s been a subject of frequent conversation lately (writing this as of July 8th, 2020), we thought it would be a good time to relay Christopher Hitchens’ views on the Confederate flag. Among the handful of references...

Christopher Hitchens on Joe Biden

Christopher Hitchens on Joe BidenGiven that both were in the same political circles around D.C. for most of the last 50 years, Christopher Hitchens has had plenty to say about Joe Biden. While much of it was while he was a lonely Vice President pick of Barack Obama,...

Who are his fans?

Nearly a decade after his passing, Christopher still has fans all over the world. His fans mostly reside in the United States as well as Ireland, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand. The graph below shows his relative popularity over time, followed by his popularity by region. 

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