It makes for an interesting interview when an atheist, especially one as polemical and dynamic as Christopher Hitchens, calls into question a Unitarian’s faith in Christ. In other words, an atheist burns an Unitarian. It’s comical, and I say, “good for Hitch.” Liberal Christians, in trying to be inclusive, deny true historical, biblical Christianity. Actually, they don’t really affirm anything, or at least anything in a meaningful sense. At least an (somewhat) educated atheist can tell the difference.
Throughout, it is obvious that Unitarian Marilyn Sewell is courting Hitchen’s favor. The entertaining part is how he really doesn’t want anything to do with her nonsense mixing with his. The whole exchange is quite remarkable…here is just one excerpt:
Sewell: The religion you cite in your book is a generally fundamentalist faith of various kinds. I’m a liberal Christian, and I don’t take the stories from the scripture literally. I don’t believe in the doctrine of atonement (that Jesus died for our sins, for example). Do you make any distinction between fundamentalist faith and liberal religion?
Hitchens: I would say that if you don’t believe that Jesus of Nazareth was the Christ and Messiah, and that he rose again from the dead and by his sacrifice our sins are forgiven, you’re really not in any meaningful sense a Christian.
And in response Sewell responds,
Sewell: Let me go someplace else. . .
Liberals do not, or perhaps, will not, take a position, and this is why their churches are declining, and why no one takes them seriously. J. Gresham Machen wrote a book called “Christianity and Liberalism.” In it Machen wrote that liberal Christianity is no Christianity, at all. Though he has passed, I believe Hitchens would agree, as seen here.