Thursday, August 6, 2015

Words of Comfort: Painting Hitchens.


When I did a painting of Christopher Hitchens I thought I might get shot at from both sides. However, the Bible says to "honor all men," so that dealt with any Christians who may have been offended. I was bracing myself for an onslaught from angry atheists, and it didn't happen.  In fact, I was encouraged by a kind and thoughtful atheist who sent me this:

Dear Ray Comfort,

I am a staunch atheist. I can be very critical of those who believe in God.  I am also very critical of yourself for many of the things you believe. 

However using your artistic skills to depict a man whom I am sure you had many disagreements with, simply to raise money for charity, is outstanding. You have indeed looked past your own world view to do good for the world. Myself, atheists, and theists alike could learn a lot from acts like this and I really am quite moved.

I am a University student studying Experimental Psychology in England, so I unfortunately do not have over $100 spare to bid on this. I do however wholly endorse what you are doing here, and I must admit that I now look upon you in a completely different light. As too, I'm sure, would Christopher Hitchens.

If you ever want to draw another picture of Christopher Hitchens, you know where I am.

Best wishes,  A. K.

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