Christopher Hitchens died today of pneumonia (itself caused by his esophageal cancer), at the age of 62. People more eloquent than I have attempted to sum up his character and the impact of his life, so I won’t attempt it.
Let me simply quote one of his simpler, more distilled adages:
What can be asserted without proof can be dismissed without proof.
and replay one of my favorite Hitch bits, from the Intelligence2 debate on whether the Catholic church is a force for good: