The former atheist Christopher Hitchens (I say former because there are no atheists in the afterlife) received a fan letter from a soft-headed liberal shortly before he died.

This gal wanted to make sure Hitchens knew how “tolerant” she was by claiming to be a Christian while proceeding to reject all of Christianity’s fundamental truths. She clearly thought she was going to get hosannas from him for her faux open-mindedness.

She thought wrong.

Hitchens replied: “Madame, if you reject the inerrancy of Scripture, the virgin birth, and the literal resurrection of Jesus Christ, then despite what you may otherwise claim you’re not really much of a Christian at all.”

To paraphrase Billy Joel, Hitchens proved that it’s better to critically think with the sinners than vapidly emote with the saints.

In one pithy but potent reply, the great skeptic had dispensed more moral clarity than what comes from the majority of Western Civilization’s pulpits on any given Sunday. We may have lost Hitchens’ biting wit, but now God in his infinite grace has blessedly saw fit to raise up another wickedly smart pagan to take his place.

As most of the West’s churches chases after crowds rather than course correct a dying culture, all the while conjuring up new and more insipid ways to emasculate the masses, thankfully we now have Matthew Paris’ prophetic voice to call us back to the Bible. A self-described “gay atheist” wouldn’t be the obvious choice to fill Jeremiah’s or St. Paul’s shoes, but beggars can’t be choosers. After all, the Lord does move in mysterious ways, which the great reformer Martin Luther once pointed out when he noted, “God once spoke through the mouth of an ass.”

Mr. Paris’ recent piece in the United Kingdom’s Spectator, responding to Ireland becoming the first nation on Earth to vote to bestow the sacrament of marriage upon homosexual relationships, was titled “as a gay atheist I want to see the church oppose same-sex marriage.” Contrary to what you’d probably expect, this column is no exercise in trolling. Mr. Paris is a serious thinker, and he’s serious about expressing his disappointment that the salt of the Earth has lost its savor.

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