Of all the eulogies and essays about Christopher Hitchens that have appeared following his death Dec. 15 at age 62, one is particularly pernicious.
Last week, I took a break from all the news and cares of this life to spend a couple of hours thinking about the next one. My role was to serve as moderator in a discussion titled “Is There an Afterlife?” featuring two rabbis, David Wolpe and Bradley Shavit Artson, and two atheists, Sam Harris, author of “The End of Faith,” and Christopher Hitchens, author of “God Is Not Great.”
" . . . Now that a mensch will be moving into the White House, I hope that Judea Pearl's words are brought to his attention . . . "
" . . . The Journal, simply put, is more enamored with shallow Hollywood power, pretension and materialism than the writer of this piece is . . . "
"Religion is not primarily about faith in God; it is about community, identity, heritage and being of service to others," he said. "We Humanists must also do more to meet these needs, rather than complain about what others believe.
As we get older, we no longer ask so many questions aloud. Our questions become more private: Why? Why are we on this earth? Events occur, and we ask: Why me? Or, why not me?