The Rage Against God

The Rage Against God

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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 in his teenage years. But eventually finding atheism barren, he came by a process of logic and poetry to his current affiliation to an unmodernized belief in Christianity. Hitchens describes how he returned from the far political left- and from Bohemia. Familiar with British left-wing politics, it was traveling in the Communist bloc that first undermined his leftism and then replaced it, a process which was more or less completed when he became a newspaper's resident correspondent in Moscow 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 men and women from acting as if they were God, encouraging men and women to act in the belief that there is a God and an ordered, purposeful universe, governed by an unalterable law.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 22.86mm | 362.87g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1441105727
  • 9781441105721
  • 166,250

Table of contents

1. Green Peace; 2. Cultural revolution; 3. Red Dawn; 4. The Desert; 5. The Dark Chasm; 6. The Other Side of the World; 7. The Unanswered Questions.
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"A believer's riposte to the book by his atheist brother, Christopher Hitchens, God Is Not Great." Simon Hoggart, The Guardian, 27 March 2010. "A responce to is [Hitchens'] brother's and Richard Dawkins' 'rage' against those who can be so stupid to believe in God and so irresponsible as to attempt to encourage others." - The Methodist Recorder, 27th May 2010 "Top class stuff!" The Good Bookstall website Review in Morning Star, 2nd June 2010 "This book is not meant to be a rebuttal of the contemporary atheist polemicists. it has the more modest aim of influencing atheists "to hesitate over their choice.""The Irish Catholic "Hitchens [..] blames the rampant liberalism of his generation; he was a teenager in the 1960s. They feared the constraints of their parents' lifestyle - post-war rationing coupled to the limitations of life in the suburbs." Mark Vernon, The Guardian, 27th April 2010. "[A] short, elegant book. ... How can one not enjoy a book that informs the reader that Kim il Sung was not only the "Great Leader" who created the prison state of North Korea, but also a protestant - and an accomplished church organist?" - The Independent, 7th May 2010 "The Rage Against God is a magnificent, sustained cry against the aggressive secularism taking control of our weakened culture." Quentin Letts, The Spectator, April 2010. Interview with Peter Hitchens in The Catholic Herald, 30th April 2010. "A thorough going expose of how godless utopianism- above all in the Soviet Union- has given a uniquely powerful licence to tyranny." Charles Moore, The Daily Telegraph, March 2010. "This book is a rattling good read...As we face the General Election, this is perhaps the most important reason for reading it." Standpoint, April 2010 Serilisation in the Mail on Sunday, 7 and 14 March, 2010. "A calmly argued rebuff to several polemic authors...[and] a personal paean of sadness for the Britain of [Hitchens'] youth." Ones to Watch, The Bookseller, March 2010. No. 5 on The Good Book Stall website Top Ten Recommended Books as chosen by Wesley Owen. Review in the Times Literary Supplement "[The Rage Against God] offers insights on the current secular disregard for freedom of belief of expression."Jersey Evening Post, 25th June 2010 Attended How The Light Gets In at Hay Festival 2011 Reviewed in the Good Book Guide, 1st September 'It is heart-warming and deeply human, although Hitchens has little truck with the modernizing faction within the Anglican Church' 'The Rage Against God is eminently readable book that not only delivers the case against atheism, but delivers it with style' Christianity, September 2010 "An absolutely must-read book...Peter Hitchens's forthcoming The Rage Against God." Catholic Herald, March 2010 "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, March 2010 "A deeply affecting story of a journey to faith, interwoven with moral and spiritual history of the 20th century." The Church Times, 18th June 2010 "The two best-written books were Christopher Hitchens's memoirs Hitch 22 and his brother Peter's The Rage Against God. Even though the authors set the benchmark for sibling rivalry, their books prove there is something special about them. Both are restless romantics, enemies of cosy consensus, original minds - and products of an education system that wanted all children to be cultured and questioning.

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 (one of the Books of the Year)
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About Peter Hitchens

Peter Hitchens is a British journalist, author and broadcaster. A reporter for the Daily Express for most of his career, he currently writes for the Mail on Sunday.
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