Is There an Afterlife? Christopher Hitchens Speculates in an Animated Video

Ten months before his death — a death he knew was com­ing — Christo­pher Hitchens debat­ed the ques­tion, “Is there an after­life?”.  Shar­ing the stage with Sam Har­ris, and Rab­bis David Wolpe and Bradley Shav­it Art­son at the Amer­i­can Jew­ish Uni­ver­si­ty in Los Ange­les, Hitchens lament­ed how “It’s con­sid­ered per­fect­ly nor­mal in this soci­ety to approach dying peo­ple who you don’t know, but who are unbe­liev­ers, and say, ‘Now are you gonna change your mind [about the exis­tence of God]?’ That is con­sid­ered almost a polite ques­tion.” “It’s a reli­gious fal­si­fi­ca­tion that peo­ple like myself scream for a priest at the end. Most of us go to our end with dig­ni­ty.”

After spend­ing years as an unapolo­getic athe­ist, Hitchens also was­n’t going to start believ­ing in an after­life  — or what he half jok­ing­ly called “The Nev­er End­ing Par­ty.” The video above takes some of Hitchens com­ments from the debate and turns them into a whim­si­cal ani­ma­tion. It’s clas­sic Hitchens. Equal parts emphat­ic and fun­ny.  Below, you can watch the orig­i­nal debate in its entire­ty.

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  • Hanoch says:

    I remem­ber Hitchens, in a debate some­where, chastis­ing the reli­gious for immoral­ly (in his view) sub­ject­ing their chil­dren to the fear of G‑d. I thought to myself, and you would do bet­ter by telling your chil­dren that their des­tiny is ulti­mate­ly a pile dirt. I real­ized at that time that, while an inter­est­ing polit­i­cal pun­dit, Hitchens was out of his league when it came to the­ol­o­gy.

  • grantdu says:

    On the con­trary, Hitchens would advo­cate that you only have ONE life to live. Spend it well not on fool­ish lies to kids and emp­ty promis­es of an after­life.

  • Bill W. says:

    For some­one who does­n’t believe in god or an after­life, Hitchens spends a dis­pro­por­tion­ate time talk­ing about ‘fairy tales.’

  • John Wise says:

    The con­ven­tion­al­ly reli­gious are cer­tain there is an afterlife,and the athe­ists are cer­tain there isn’t. Sure­ly the only hon­est answer is,“I don’t know.”

  • J.N.J. says:

    Most athe­ists are not cer­tain there is no after­life. It’s more of an “I don’t know if there is an after­life, but I have no rea­son to believe there is one”.

  • Kathie Housser says:

    Pub­lic intel­lec­tu­als are a rar­i­ty in the Eng­lish speak­ing world. Fun­ny as hell intel­lec­tu­als price is above rubies. I miss the unre­pen­tant, pig-head­ed bug­ger’s byline.

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