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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 onstage, 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' 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' 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.
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By George on 11-27-17
I shouldn’t be surprised at the duplicity of the author
The author basically says, Christopher is honest and said himself that I am a good guy.
The rest of the book goes like this, Christoper is a liar and a fake who only held to atheism due to money, book sales, and peer pressure.
In Larry’s mind, when Christopher is silent or tired, that equates to acquiescence and being “dumbfounded” by some discussion of faith. The author is somehow under the impression that Christoper was never really exposed to evangelical Christianity before and that he could tell Christopher was moved by it.
Naturally, none of his assertions about Hitch reconsidering his atheism are based on Christopher’s words, but always seem to be based on what he didn’t say. When Christopher didn’t pipe up as a rude evil god hating atheist, that must mean he was sympathetic to Larry’s version of Christianity. He like to repeat that Hitch kept 2 sets of books as a means of proving that his public image was a fraud in spite of Christopher never having verbally contradicted his unbelief in private either. He also likes to use Hitches 9-11 stand as proof that he was rethinking everything since because he didn’t support everything the left did, he must be seeing the light.
This posthumous declaration of “faith” is a joke.
I am an atheist and have read several Christian authors even recently and even read the Bible still. I don’t dismiss Larry’s poor logic, baseless assertions, and wishful thinking because I don’t believe in god or because I feel obligated to defend Hitch. I dismiss them because they are idiotic and blatantly either delusional or intentionally misleading.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful
By Augustusx on 11-08-17
My bad. I should have researched more before purchasing. Waste of money. Disappointed Biased and absolutely riddled with the authors views and not the truth about Christopher Hitchens. Deleting from my library.
14 of 15 people found this review helpful