What Hitchens’ and New Atheism fails to take into account is the effects of sin. Though declared totally righteous in Christ, all regenerate Christians have not been totally delivered from the pervasiveness or presence of sin. It would be just as easy to point out all the good that Christianity (and every other major world religion) has done over the millenniums. And as we have already seen, heinous acts have been committed in the name of atheism, as well. So by Hitchens’ own reasoning even atheism poisons everything.
Ultimately, the issue (as Hitchens’ has made it) is not about how much evil or good religion has done. Rather, the issue is which system of thought provides actual justification for the heinous acts. The reality of the matter is that Christianity is not only good for the world, it is best for the world.
Christians make mistakes. They have not been completely delivered from the presence of sin. But overall, the Christian Church reflects the love of God for sinful man in how she demonstrates love for her own and love her enemies. This love, that only comes from God, is what is best for the world.
Most “immoral” religious people act inconsistently with their beliefs, and moral atheists act inconsistently with their beliefs. Moreover, if natural selection has not “selected out” religion from society, than there seems little reason to fight so hard to eradicate what evolution has seen fit to preserve.
The testimony of the Church offers the only true hope for the world to be saved and rescued from its peril. Moreover, the Church, through her testimony, offers both an immediate and eternal world as it should be; with Christ reigning righteously and lovingly over all.