Christopher Hitchens is an atheist dogmatist. For all his witty brilliance, he hasn’t figured out that only an unqualified reality— an absolute— could dare to be as consistently dogmatic as he is. And he certainly isn’t an absolute reality.
Yes, he can intellectually deny God— and still be morally good, loyal, filial, honest, even idealistic. Anybody may graft many purely humanistic branches onto their basic spiritual nature and thus apparently prove their contentions in behalf of a godless existence, but in that kind of experience only social fruits are forthcoming; not spiritual. It’s the graft that determines the nature of the fruit, even though the living sustenance is continually drawn from the roots of an original divine endowment of both mind and spirit.
Many God-knowing individuals aren’t blind to the difficulties or unmindful of the obstacles which stand in the way of finding God in the maze of superstition, traditional backwardness, and materialistic/atheistic tendencies of our times. They have encountered all these deterrents and surmounted them by living faith, and attained the highlands of spiritual experience in spite of all of them.
It’s true that many who are inwardly sure about God fear to assert such feelings of certainty because of the multiplicity and cleverness of people like Hitchens, who assemble objections and magnify difficulties about believing in God. It actually requires no great depth of intellect to pick flaws or raise objections. But it does require brilliance of mind to solve these difficulties; it’s too bad he no longer has the time to do just that.
If the nonreligious approaches to cosmic reality presume to challenge the certainty of faith on the grounds of its unproved status, then the spirit experiencer can likewise resort to the dogmatic challenge of the facts of science and the beliefs of philosophy on the grounds that they are likewise unproved; they are likewise experiences in the consciousness of the scientist or the philosopher.
Of God, the most inescapable of all presences, the most real of all facts, the most living of all truths, the most loving of all friends, and the most divine of all values, we have the right to be the most certain of all universe experiences.
—The Urantia Book