Chesterton VS Hitchens. Sort Of.

08 Jun
Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A while back in my post “Introducing Mr. Chesterton,” I opined on how much I wished C.K. Chesterton and Christopher Hitchens could have met in person and “let fly,” so to speak.

Well, my wish was at least considered. Over at the Catholic Exchange Zac Alstin has a great article on a review  of a Chesterton biography which Hitchens wrote for The Atlantic magazine. Needless to say, HItchens tore into G.K. with gusto, characterizing him as “deeply unserious and frivolous.” An easy thing to do when your target is dead.

Fortunately, Zac Alstin does an admirable job filling in for Gil. If you have the time and are interested in such things, read it.

Oh, but if only . . .


Posted by on June 8, 2012 in Authors, Ideas


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2 responses to “Chesterton VS Hitchens. Sort Of.

  1. Frederick

    January 12, 2013 at 9:27 am

    I thoroughly agree with Hitchens.
    Chesterton must be one of the mostly highly overrated “authorities” on religion and its relation to human culture altogether. He was essentially a self-destructive self-indulgent slob. The signs of his destructive self-indulgence were written all over his face and body (he was grossly over weight) in his later years.

    • Rob

      January 12, 2013 at 9:31 pm

      Thanks for your comment. A lot of people have called G.K. an authority on religion, but I don’t think he ever called himself that. He was more of a commentator on culture and religion. He was what we might call today “colorful.” Hitchens was a bit on the self-destructive side himself as I recall.

      Whatever one’s opinion of Chesterton or Hitchens, both were bright, articulate men.


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