Christopher Hitchens (atheist author of God Is Not Great), was interviewed in The Portland Monthly, January 2010, by Unitarian minister Marilyn Sewell. Here is one very interesting part of their exchange:
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 and 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.
h/t to CWB for sharing this with me.