Belief and non-belief. July 1, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
Nick Cohen’s piece here refuting silly and unfair stuff about Christopher Hitchens having a ‘deathbed conversion’ to religion is perfectly on the nose. That said Cohen appears to believe that all who are ‘believers’ believe the same. A bit too much broad brush strokes, I’d have said.
It reminds me of my own father who was strongly atheistic across his life but who when in the last bout of the illness that killed him seemed to waver and dip towards anam cara style ‘Celtic’ spirituality. With my father, who was an Irish speaker and strongly republican (and an active member of SF in the 50s when as he said it was neither popular nor profitable), I felt that made a certain sense. With my own agnostic theism I would never have had the temerity or simple bad manners to demand, expect, or want him to do other than he wanted to do himself. And he did. And if he had taken another route either to full blown religion or remained staunchly atheist that would have been for him and him alone to do. But I can’t pretend it didn’t come as a bit of a surprise.