Al Mohler posted "Learning from Christopher Hitchens: Lessons Evangelicals Must Not Miss," and I thought the fifth one was worth noting here:
5. Hitchens revealed the danger of cultural Christianity and exposure to tepid, lifeless, superficial Christian teaching.
In his childhood, Hitchens was exposed to the mild Christianity of his father and the Hitchens home. (Later in life, he discovered that his mother was, in fact, partly Jewish.) As a schoolboy, Hitchens received the customary dose of tame religious instruction. In God is Not Great, he wrote of Mrs. Jean Watts, “a good, sincere, simple woman, of stable and decent faith,” who taught him religion at his school near Dartmoor. Even as a boy, Hitchens was not impressed by her emotivist expressions of doctrine and her answers to his questions. He wrote also of a school headmaster, who seemed, among other failings, to believe that belief in God served a mainly therapeutic function. Hitchens described himself then as “quite the insufferable little intellectual,” but the damage was done. Unlike others who, as he wrote, might have rejected belief in God because of abuse or “brutish indoctrination,” Hitchens simply developed indignant contempt for a belief system that seemed so superficial and fraudulent. An exposure to tepid, lifeless, thoughtless, and intellectually formless Christianity can be deadly.
The older I get, the more I learn, the more I trust God and experience His faithfulness, the bigger, deeper, and wider God and Christianity get…and the bigger the gulf becomes between my vision of God and the atheist’s vision of the Christian God. Most of the time I don’t recognize the god they describe at all.
What motivates me to get up in the morning is the opportunity to try to spread a little bit of that ancient vision so you’ll be inspired to deliberately and persistently climb the mountain of thousands of years of great thought—leaving the small vision of the atheists farther and farther below—to get a better view of the Great One. And I promise you, the view only gets better.