In his introduction to the new book “The Portable Atheist,” Christopher Hitchens issues his now-familiar challenge to theists: “Name me an ethical statement made or an action performed by a believer that could not have been made or performed by a non-believer.”
Tom Flannery has a reasoned response:
In the case of Christianity, if its claims are true, then the greatest moral law of all is to love the Lord God with all of one’s heart, mind and strength. That’s something an unbeliever, by self-definition, could never do. The Bible tells us that it is impossible for a person to even say “Jesus is Lord” in spirit and in truth unless the Holy Spirit is the motivating force behind it, in which case the person has already accepted God and received the Spirit.
I guess Hitchens has never thought about that.