The Faith of Christopher Hitchens

The Faith of Christopher Hitchens

The Restless Soul of the World's Most Notorious Atheist

Book - 2016
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At the time of his death, Christopher Hitchens was the most notorious atheist in the world. And yet, all was not as it seemed. “Nobody is not a divided self, of course,” he once told an interviewer, “but I think it’s rather strong in my case.” Hitchens was a man of many contradictions: a Marxist in youth who longed for acceptance among the social elites; a peacenik who revered the military; a champion of the Left who was nonetheless pro-life, pro-war-on-terror, and after 9/11 something of a neocon; and while he railed against God on stage, he maintained meaningful—though largely hidden from public view—friendships with evangelical Christians like Francis Collins, Douglas Wilson, and the author Larry Alex Taunton. In The Faith of Christopher Hitchens, Taunton offers a very personal perspective of one of our most interesting and most misunderstood public figures. Writing with genuine compassion and without compromise, Taunton traces Hitchens’s spiritual and intellectual development from his decision as a teenager to reject belief in God to his rise to prominence as one of the so-called “Four Horsemen” of the New Atheism. While Hitchens was, in the minds of many Christians, Public Enemy Number One, away from the lights and the cameras a warm friendship flourished between Hitchens and the author; a friendship that culminated in not one, but two lengthy road trips where, after Hitchens’s diagnosis of esophageal cancer, they studied the Bible together. The Faith of Christopher Hitchens gives us a candid glimpse into the inner life of this intriguing, sometimes maddening, and unexpectedly vulnerable man.
Publisher: Nashville, Tennessee : Nelson Books, an imprint of Thomas Nelson, [2016]
ISBN: 9780718022174
0718022173
Branch Call Number: Philosophy & Religion 261.21 Tau

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VICKYKNECHT
Feb 27, 2017

Mr. Taunton seeks to put atheism in the worst light possible and dismisses other forms of Christianity other than his Christian evangelism. He does not even have a grasp of the definition of an atheist, stating, "Hatred of God was the central tenet of their faith." How can you hate something you do not believe in? And, of course, atheism is not a faith, so was incorrectly used in even the title of his book. The definition of atheism is: No belief in a god or gods. He hints that Mr. Hitchens was on the verge of conversion due to their reading of the bible for a couple of hours on two road trips. If we reverse this scenario and, instead, they read from a book such as Dawkin's The God Delusion, would this make Mr. Taunton on the verge of conversion to atheism just because he read about it? Also interesting is that he admits there was no microphone running during their conversations during the reading of John, this while Mr. Taunton was driving, so he obviously could not take notes, but he puts in quotes Mr. Hitchens' comments. Christopher Hitchens died in 2011, and this book was published in 2016, a full five years after the fact. Anyone who has read anything about the neuroscience of the brain will know how faulty memory is, yet he appears to recall the conversations well enough to put them in quotes. Throughout the book he makes many unflattering comments about Mr. Hitchens, as well as any other atheist mentioned. The conclusion is clear. In his mind, evangelism is the one true way and atheism is dead wrong. The whole book is written through this lens.

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Justyn
May 19, 2016

I've loved reading this book. It wasn't an agenda driven book, rather a book about a friendship between Christopher Hitchens an atheist and the author a devout Christian. Hitchens while no fan of Christianity, but he at least an appreciation for evangelicals because they would stand their ground and stand up for convictions that many mainline denominations will not. This isn't a book that belittles, but gives an appreciative picture of who Mr. Hitchens was near the end of his life. I recommend it for both the christian theist and the atheist.

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