Michael Gerson offers a very moving article about the noble atheist. There are many nuggets, but I’ll only quote the concluding paragraph:
At the Pew Forum, Hitchens was asked a mischievous question: What positive lesson have you learned from Christianity? He replied, with great earnestness: the transience and ephemeral nature of power and all things human. But some things may last longer than he imagines, including examples of courage, loyalty and moral conviction.
Read the whole thing.