Not that the King James Bible needs extra praise, I just thought this was interesting and kind of nice…
Atheist Christopher Hitchens paid tribute to the King James Bible, offering rare praises to a book containing the Word of God.
Hitchens is the second atheist, after Richard Dawkins, to laud the KJB in honor of the 400th anniversary of the translation.
The prominent atheists recognized and expressed appreciation for its contribution to English literature.
“Though I am sometimes reluctant to admit it, there really is something ‘timeless’ in the Tyndale/King James synthesis,” said Hitchens in his commentary featured in Vanity Fair. “For generations, it provided a common stock of references and allusions, rivaled only by Shakespeare in this respect.
“It resounded in the minds and memories of literate people, as well as of those who acquired it only by listening.”
The 61-year-old English-American author is a staunch atheist who often debates Christians on the existence of God. He made the argument that “religion poisons everything” in his book God Is Not Great and has repeatedly stated that he would not convert, even on his deathbed. Hitchens is currently battling stage 4 esophageal cancer.
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