Maryiln Sewell: The religion you cite in your book is generally the 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 and [sic] distinction between fundamentalist faith and liberal religion?Game. Set. Match. Though I must admit, its tough to know who to root for in this situation.
Christopher 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.
Btw, did he just unwittingly evangelize her???
[*the term 'jihadist atheist' is the term David Berlinski uses in his book, The Devil's Delusion: Atheism & It's Scientific Pretensions, to describe the new atheists--zealots who are hell-bent (excuse the pun) on converting everyone to their very narrow & dogmatic beliefs. I'm only about half-way through this book by a self-described 'secular Jew,' but so far I like it and would recommend it.]