Epistles of Thomas

March 25, 2010

Brother against Brother

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I just heard about an interesting book written by Peter Hitchens, the brother of Christopher Hitchens who is a rather well known atheist and author of God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything and The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever. I’m interested to see if Peter’s book, The Rage Against God gets as much shelf space at Chapters as God is Not Great has been getting.

Here’s the blurber:

Here, for the first time, in his new book The Rage Against God, Peter Hitchens, brother of prominent atheist Christopher Hitchens, chronicles his personal journey through disbelief into a committed Christian faith. With unflinching openness and intellectual honesty, Hitchens describes the personal loss and philosophical curiosity that led him to burn his Bible at prep school and embrace atheism in its place. From there, he traces his experience as a journalist in Soviet Moscow, and the critical observations that left him with more questions than answers, and more despair than hope for how to live a meaningful life. With first-hand insight into the blurring of the line between politics and the Church, Hitchens reveals the reasons why an honest assessment of Atheism cannot sustain disbelief in God. In the process, he provides hope for all believers who, in the words of T. S. Eliot, may discover ‘the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.’

Peter Hitchens, The Rage Against God: How Atheism Led Me to Faith. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2010. 0310320313, 9780310320319.

It certainly sounds interesting and is quite a public response to his brother’s atheism. It will be released May 1, 2010. Unfortunately it is $15.51 at Amazon.com but $23.19 at Amazon.ca. Strangely Chapters.ca only lists it as being published by Continuum with a different ISBN and subtitle: The Rage Against God: Why Faith is the Foundation of Civilisation. 1441105727, 9781441105721. $20.65. Usually Harper Collins publishes their books under the Zondervan banner in both countries but this time Canada shares the British edition (where is was released March 15).

UPDATE: You can now view a promotional video for the book on Youtube.


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