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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"Larry Taunton, whose conversations with Hitchens in his last months reveal a man wrestling with faith. The Faith of Christopher Hitchens examines the life and unpacks the spiritual development of Taunton's sometime antagonist and longtime friend. Beginning with Hichens' education in the Bible in primary school to his decision to reject even the notion of God to his rise to prominence as one of new-atheisms four horsemen, Larry Taunton traces the intellectual and spiritual evolution of Hitchens with compassion and fidelity to the convictions of both. Written with genuine affection without giving a theological inch Taunton s unvarnished account of Hitchens is a candid, unvarnished look at the spiritual life of one of the most compelling, mercurial, and complicated figures of our time." --Publisher description.
Publisher: Nashville : Thomas Nelson, an imprint of Thomas Nelson, 2016
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780718022174
Branch Call Number: 261.21 TAU 2016
Characteristics: xvi, 201 pages ; 22 cm

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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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