The Rage Against GodPaperback
- Publisher: Continuum Publishing Corporation
- Format: Paperback | 256 pages
- Dimensions: 136mm x 214mm x 16mm | 259g
- Publication date: 21 July 2011
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 1441195076
- ISBN 13: 9781441195074
- Sales rank: 74,003
In a fascinating account, Peter Hitchens describes his autobiographical and spiritual journey from atheism to faith in God through the power of reasoning. Peter Hitchens lost faith as a teenager. But eventually finding atheism barren, he came by a logical process to his current affiliation to an unmodernised belief in Christianity. Hitchens describes his return from the far political left. Familiar with British left-wing politics, it was travelling in the Communist bloc that first undermined and replaced his leftism, a process virtually completed when he became a newspaper's resident Moscow correspondent in 1990, just before the collapse of the Communist Party. He became convinced of certain propositions. That modern western social democratic politics is a form of false religion in which people try to substitute a social conscience for an individual one. That utopianism is actively dangerous. That liberty and law are attainable human objectives which are also the good by-products of Christian faith. Faith is the best antidote to utopianism, dismissing the dangerous idea of earthly perfection, discouraging people from acting as if they were God, encouraging people to act in the belief that there is a God and an ordered, purposeful universe, governed by an unalterable law.
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Peter Hitchens is a British journalist, author and broadcaster. He witnessed most of the final scenes of the Cold War, and was a resident correspondent in the Soviet capital and in Washington, DC. He frequently revisits both Russia and the USA. He currently writes for the Mail on Sunday, where he is a columnist and occasional foreign correspondent, reporting most recently from Iran, North Korea, Burma, The Congo and China, winning the journalism category in the 2010 George Orwell Prize for this correspondence.
"A beliver's riposte to the book by his atheist brother, Christopher Hitchens, God Is Not Great." Simon Hoggart, The Guardian "An absolutely must-read book...Peter Hitchens's forthcoming The Rage Against God." Catholic Herald "Agreed mortality lives on borrowed time...As Peter Hitchens observes, God offers authoritative moral laws, and judgement upon those who knowingly break them." Christopher Howse, Telegraph "The Rage Against God is a magnificent, sustained cry against the aggressive secularism taking control of our weakened culture," The Spectator". "Peter's book reads as if Cardinal Newman were reflecting on life after battle-scarred years as a foreign correspondent, while Christopher's book, if it were a thoroughbred horse, would be by George Orwell out of Kingsley Amis. I can think of no better pair of books for Christmas reflection." Michael Gove, Mail on Sunday, 5th December 2010.
Table of contents
Introduction; PART 1: A PERSONAL JOURNEY THROUGH ATHEISM - 1. The Generation Who Were Too Clever to Believe; 2. A Loss of Confidence; 3. The Seeds of Atheism; 4. The Last Battleships; 5. Britain's Pseudo-Religion and the Cult of Winston Churchill; 6. Homo Sovieticus; 7. A Rediscovery of Lost Faith; 8. The Decline of Christianity; PART 2: ADDRESSING ATHEISM: THREE FAILED ARGUMENTS - 9. Are Conflicts fought in the name of religion conflicts about religion?; 10. Is It Possible to Determine What Is Right and What Is Wrong without God?; 11. Are Atheist states not actually Atheist?; PART 3: THE LEAGUE OF THE MILITANT GODLESS - 12. Fake Miracles and Grotesque Relics; 13. Provoking a Bloody War with the Church; 14. The Great Debate; Epilogue; Index.