The Rage Against God

The Rage Against God

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 184 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 20mm | 244g
  • Bloomsbury Continuum
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1472970535
  • 9781472970534
  • 625,314

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
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Attended How The Light Gets In at Hay Festival 2011 The book will be especially satisfying for those who share the author's feelings without being able to express them with such deftness, vigour and occasional epigram. Even those unconvinced or... only almost persuaded will never find it dull... -- Contemporary Review, Volume 293 No. 1703 "[The Rage Against God] offers insights on the current secular disregard for freedom of belief of expression."Jersey Evening Post, 25th June 2010 Review in the Times Literary Supplement No. 5 on The Good Book Stall website Top Ten Recommended Books as chosen by Wesley Owen. 'The Rage Against God is eminently readable book that not only delivers the case against atheism, but delivers it with style' Christianity, September 2010 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 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) "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 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 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 "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 "Top class stuff!" The Good Bookstall website "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 "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 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. "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] 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 "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. Serilisation in the Mail on Sunday, 7 and 14 March, 2010. "A believer's riposte to the book by his atheist brother, Christopher Hitchens, God Is Not Great." Simon Hoggart, The Guardian, 27 March 2010. "An absolutely must-read book...Peter Hitchens's forthcoming The Rage Against God." Catholic Herald, March 2010
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About Peter Hitchens

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. He won the journalism category in the 2010 George Orwell Prize for this correspondence.
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