Interviewed recently by Marilyn Sewell, a self-described "liberal Christian," Hitchens explained quite clearly the crux of the matter:
[Sewell] The religion you cite in your book is generally the fundamentalist faith of various kinds. I’m a liberal Christian, and I don’t take the stories from the scripture literally. I don’t believe in the doctrine of atonement (that Jesus died for our sins, for example). Do you make any distinction between fundamentalist faith and liberal religion?
[Hitchens] I would say that if you don’t believe that Jesus of Nazareth was the Christ and Messiah, and that he rose again from the dead and by his sacrifice our sins are forgiven, you’re really not in any meaningful sense a Christian.
[Sewell] Let me go someplace else. . . [She goes on to discuss the theology of Paul Tillich and ask for Hitchens's reaction, which he gives and then concludes with--]
[Hitchens] If all Christians were like you I wouldn’t have to write the book.
[Sewell] Well, probably not, because I agree with almost everything that you say. But I still consider myself a Christian and a person of faith.
[Hitchens] Do you mind if I ask you a question? Faith in what? Faith in the resurrection?
The full interview is found in the Portland Monthly Magazine. It is worth reading in its entirety.
How well do you know your theology? Albert Mohler is discouraged about evangelicals' grasp of the basic truths of Christianity (it seems Hitchens may have a better understanding of the Bible's teaching than many believers). Be sure to read Mohler's latest post about the popularity of The Shack, a novel fraught with bad theology, and what this tells us about evangelical discernment.
Have you already seen this article from The Weekly Standard? "Mugged by Ultrasound" shows how many abortion workers have turned pro-life.