Christopher Hitchens was between doctor appointments for treatment of his life-threatening esophageal cancer when he sat down to a conversation Tuesday about God with his younger brother Peter Hitchens, who had flown in from Oxford, England.

Christopher, a well-known atheist, debuted his memoirHitch-22 this year. Peter released his own memoir this year too: The Rage Against God: How Atheism Led Me to Faith. Despite their fierce disagreements about God, the two seem to have a warm relationship. As moderator Michael Cromartie, vice president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, read a passage of Peter’s book about their reconciliation after a debate in Grand Rapids, Mich., Christopher clapped under the table.

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