The Faith of Christopher Hitchens

2016 Winner of the Gospel Coalition Book Awards At the time of his death, Christopher Hitchens was the most notorious atheist in the world.

Author: Larry Alex Taunton

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ISBN: 9780718022181

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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2016 Winner of the Gospel Coalition Book Awards 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 on stage, 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’s 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’s 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. “If everyone in the United States had the same qualities of loyalty and care and concern for others that Larry Taunton had, we'd be living in a much better society than we do.” ~ Christopher Hitchens

God Is Not Great

In a series of acute readings of the major religious texts, Christopher Hitchens demonstrates the ways in which religion is man-made, dangerously sexually repressive and distorts the very origins of the cosmos.

Author: Christopher Hitchens

Publisher: Atlantic Books Ltd

ISBN: 9780857897152

Category: Religion

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In god is Not Great Hitchens turned his formidable eloquence and rhetorical energy to the most controversial issue in the world: God and religion. The result is a devastating critique of religious faith god Is Not Great is the ultimate case against religion. In a series of acute readings of the major religious texts, Christopher Hitchens demonstrates the ways in which religion is man-made, dangerously sexually repressive and distorts the very origins of the cosmos. Above all, Hitchens argues that the concept of an omniscient God has profoundly damaged humanity, and proposes that the world might be a great deal better off without 'him'.

Summary of Christopher Hitchens s God Is Not Great by Swift Reads

Christopher Hitchens was essentially subjected to that same treatment after he died of esophageal cancer in 2011. Five years after Hitchens's death, evangelical Christian Larry Taunton released a book titled The Faith of Christopher ...

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In God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything (2007), journalist Christopher Hitchens argues that religious faith is not necessary for humanity’s progress. In fact, faith in supernatural beings has slowed scientific advancement, led to human rights violations, and facilitated the creation of totalitarian regimes… Purchase this in-depth summary to learn more.

Christopher Hitchens The Last Interview

Beginning with an introduction and tribute from his longtime friend Stephen Fry, this collection culminates in Hitchens’s fearless final interview with Richard Dawkins, which shows a man as unafraid of death as he was of everything in ...

Author: Christopher Hitchens

Publisher: Melville House

ISBN: 9781612196732

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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“If someone says I’m doing this out of faith, I say, Why don’t you do it out of conviction?” —CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS One of his generation’s greatest public intellectuals, and perhaps its fiercest, Christopher Hitchens was a brilliant interview subject. This collection—which spans from his early prominence as a hero of the Left to his controversial support for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan toward the end of his life— showcases Hitch’s trademark wit on subjects as diverse as his mistrust of the media, his love of literature, his dislike of the Clintons, and his condemnation of all things religious. Beginning with an introduction and tribute from his longtime friend Stephen Fry, this collection culminates in Hitchens’s fearless final interview with Richard Dawkins, which shows a man as unafraid of death as he was of everything in life.

God and the New Atheism

But, as John Haught shows, the treatment of religion in these books is riddled with logical inconsistencies, shallow misconceptions, and crude generalizations. Can God really be dismissed as a mere delusion?

Author: Dr John F Haught

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 9780664234713

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In God and the New Atheism, a world expert on science and theology gives clear, concise, and compelling answers to the charges against religion laid out in recent best-selling books by Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion), Sam Harris (The End of Faith), and Christopher Hitchens (God Is Not Great). For some, these "new atheists" appear to say extremely well what they believe to be wrong with religion. But, as John Haught shows, the treatment of religion in these books is riddled with logical inconsistencies, shallow misconceptions, and crude generalizations. Can God really be dismissed as a mere delusion? Is faith really the enemy of reason? And does religion really poison everything? God and the New Atheism offers a much-needed antidote to the extremist claims of scientific fundamentalism. This provocative and accessible little book will enable readers to see through the rhetorical fog of this recent phenomenon and come to a clearer understanding of the issues at stake in this crucial debate.

Mortality

Mortality is the exemplary story of one man's refusal to cower in the face of the unknown, as well as a searching look at the human predicament.

Author: Christopher Hitchens

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781455517824

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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On June 8, 2010, while on a book tour for his bestselling memoir, Hitch-22, Christopher Hitchens was stricken in his New York hotel room with excruciating pain in his chest and thorax. As he would later write in the first of a series of award-winning columns for Vanity Fair, he suddenly found himself being deported "from the country of the well across the stark frontier that marks off the land of malady." Over the next eighteen months, until his death in Houston on December 15, 2011, he wrote constantly and brilliantly on politics and culture, astonishing readers with his capacity for superior work even in extremis. Throughout the course of his ordeal battling esophageal cancer, Hitchens adamantly and bravely refused the solace of religion, preferring to confront death with both eyes open. In this riveting account of his affliction, Hitchens poignantly describes the torments of illness, discusses its taboos, and explores how disease transforms experience and changes our relationship to the world around us. By turns personal and philosophical, Hitchens embraces the full panoply of human emotions as cancer invades his body and compels him to grapple with the enigma of death. Mortality is the exemplary story of one man's refusal to cower in the face of the unknown, as well as a searching look at the human predicament. Crisp and vivid, veined throughout with penetrating intelligence, Hitchens's testament is a courageous and lucid work of literature, an affirmation of the dignity and worth of man.

Around the World in More Than 80 Days

A battle rages for the heart and soul of America.

Author: Larry Alex Taunton

Publisher: Fidelis Books

ISBN: 9781642935936

Category: Political Science

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A battle rages for the heart and soul of America. For one group, the idea of “American Exceptionalism” is dead. Some never tire of lecturing us about how out-of-step America is with the rest of the world and how she needs to get with it. Worse, America, they say, is bad for the world. Her freedom and prosperity are merely historical accidents. Of course, this narrative presupposes there are better places in the world to live. Are there? Were Alec Baldwin to leave the country permanently as he once promised, where would he go?

Letters to a Young Contrarian

"Art of Mentoring" seriesIn the book that he was born to write, provocateur and best-selling author Christopher Hitchens inspires future generations of radicals, gadflies, mavericks, rebels, angry young (wo)men, and dissidents.

Author: Christopher Hitchens

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780786739073

Category: Religion

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"Art of Mentoring" seriesIn the book that he was born to write, provocateur and best-selling author Christopher Hitchens inspires future generations of radicals, gadflies, mavericks, rebels, angry young (wo)men, and dissidents. Who better to speak to that person who finds him or herself in a contrarian position than Hitchens, who has made a career of disagreeing in profound and entertaining ways. This book explores the entire range of "contrary positions"-from noble dissident to gratuitous pain in the butt. In an age of overly polite debate bending over backward to reach a happy consensus within an increasingly centrist political dialogue, Hitchens pointedly pitches himself in contrast. He bemoans the loss of the skills of dialectical thinking evident in contemporary society. He understands the importance of disagreement-to personal integrity, to informed discussion, to true progress-heck, to democracy itself. Epigrammatic, spunky, witty, in your face, timeless and timely, this book is everything you would expect from a mentoring contrarian.

Hitchens vs Blair

On November 26, 2010, intellectual juggernaut and staunch atheist Christopher Hitchens went head-to-head with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, one of the Western worlds most openly devout political leaders, on the highly charged ...

Author: Christopher Hitchens

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781446486894

Category: Political Science

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On November 26, 2010, intellectual juggernaut and staunch atheist Christopher Hitchens went head-to-head with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, one of the Western worlds most openly devout political leaders, on the highly charged topic of religion. Few world leaders have had a greater hand in shaping current events than Blair; few writers have been more outspoken and polarizing than Hitchens. Hitchens and Blair squared off on the contentious questions that continue to dog the topic of religion in our globalized world: How does faith influence our actions? What is the role of people of faith in the public sphere? Is religious doctrine rigid, or should we allow for flexibility in our interpretations? For the first time ever, this exclusive debate, which played out to a sold-out audience, is now available in print, along with candid interviews with Hitchens and Blair. Sharp, provocative, and thoroughly engrossing, Hitchens vs. Blair is an electrifying intellectual sparring match on the oldest question: Is religion a force for good in the world?

The Wit and Wisdom of Christopher Hitchens

A much revered character, Hitchens was always one to stay true to his beliefs. This book brings together some of his finest quotes on a range of topics.

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One of the best known atheists ever to have lived, Christopher Hitchens was also renowned as being one of the most articulate debaters of modern times. Until his death in 2011 he was regularly quoted in the media due to his controversial views on religion and politics. A much revered character, Hitchens was always one to stay true to his beliefs. This book brings together some of his finest quotes on a range of topics.

Quotes by Christopher Hitchens

"Owners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are god.

Author: Lilith Regan

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ISBN: 9798637876808

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"Owners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are god. Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realize that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are gods.""That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.""To terrify children with the image of hell, to consider women an inferior creation--is that good for the world?""Everybody does have a book in them, but in most cases that's where it should stay.""Beware the irrational, however seductive. Shun the 'transcendent' and all who invite you to subordinate or annihilate yourself. Distrust compassion; prefer dignity for yourself and others. Don't be afraid to be thought arrogant or selfish. Picture all experts as if they were mammals. Never be a spectator of unfairness or stupidity. Seek out argument and disputation for their own sake; the grave will supply plenty of time for silence. Suspect your own motives, and all excuses. Do not live for others any more than you would expect others to live for you.""Human decency is not derived from religion. It precedes it.""The essence of the independent mind lies not in what it thinks, but in how it thinks.""We keep on being told that religion, whatever its imperfections, at least instills morality. On every side, there is conclusive evidence that the contrary is the case and that faith causes people to be more mean, more selfish, and perhaps above all, more stupid."

Patience with God

"My writing has smoked out so many individuals who seem to be thinking about the same questions. I hope that this book will provide a meeting place for us, the scattered refugees of what I'll call The Church of Hopeful Uncertainty."

Author: Frank Schaeffer

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780786746545

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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Frank Schaeffer has a problem with Dawkins, Hitchens, Harris, Dennett, and the rest of the New Atheists—the self-anointed “Brights.” He also has a problem with the Rick Warrens and Tim LaHayes of the world. The problem is that he doesn't see much of a difference between the two camps. As Schaeffer puts it, they “often share the same fallacy: truth claims that reek of false certainties. I believe that there is an alternative that actually matches the way life is lived rather than how we usually talk about belief.” Sparing no one and nothing, including himself and his fiery evangelical past, and invoking subtleties too easily ignored by the pontificators, Schaeffer adds much-needed nuance to the conversation. “My writing has smoked out so many individuals who seem to be thinking about the same questions. I hope that this book will provide a meeting place for us, the scattered refugees of what I'll call The Church of Hopeful Uncertainty.”

My Origin My Destiny

This homing instinct was observed in the life of one of the world's most prominent atheists, none other than Christopher Hitchens. Reviewing the book, The Faith of Christopher Hitchens, for The Wall Street Journal, Eric Metaxas ...

Author: D.C. Collier

Publisher: WestBow Press

ISBN: 9781512766202

Category: Religion

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According to Guinness World Records, there have been five billion copies of the Bible printed and distributed throughout the world, covering two-thirds of earths population. But with all that exposure, only a few Bible owners have actually read through its contents and fewer still have any idea of its life-enriching themes. In spite of modern societys scientific advances, thoughtful people everywhere are still in search of lifes persistent great questions like: Is there more to my life than meets the eye? Why should I believe that God exists? Is everything just a giant cosmic accident, including me? Am I more than the sum of my parts? Who am I? Is there a problem between me and God? What can I do about it? Why bother? Whats the big deal about Christianity? This book humbly addresses these and other burning questions through the prism of the living, breathing, holy Bible. Along the way, you will be introduced to two of the most spiritually therapeutic truth streams that bubble across the Bibles pages. Whether you are a seeker or confirmed believer, these themes will literally revolutionize your understanding of the original, unembellished Christian faiththe faith that turned the then-known world upside down. Do you want to be a truly fulfilled person? Here is authentic fulfillment: becoming the kind of person God created you to bea person who is fully alive, as Dallas Willard put it. C. S. Lewis wisely observed, Aim at Heaven and you will get Earth 'thrown in': aim at Earth and you will get neither. Interested?

God Is Great

This book is for the millions of people who bought or listened online to Christopher Hitchens' book "God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything" and hundreds of millions of people worldwide who've witnessed a multitude of world ...

Author: Peter James

Publisher: JHJ Distributing, LLC

ISBN: 9780578827452

Category: Religion

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This book is for the millions of people who bought or listened online to Christopher Hitchens' book "God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything" and hundreds of millions of people worldwide who've witnessed a multitude of world-renowned intellectuals and religious leaders fail to combat the late and great Christopher Hitchens with any scriptural evidence. With Bible citations provided to support each assertion, author Peter James utilizes his 4-decade long study of biblical scripture and presents a genuinely authentic "why not let the Bible speak for itself" approach to answering the questions and accusations brought up by Christopher Hitchens in his book and debates. This book will evoke feelings that are not for the faint of heart and easily offended. Starting from the introduction, the author challenges his readers to open their bibles regardless of faith or lack thereof, to take on Christopher Hitchens with scriptural evidence rather than man-made interpretation and opinion. With the absence of a religious agenda, doctrine, and personal bias, "God Is Great: Bible Rebuttal to Christopher Hitchens" will leave you questioning everything you've ever known about religion, the bible, and god.

Getting at Jesus

Even Christopher Hitchens records his commitment to the a priori principle that “there has been no divine revelation. ere could not be such a thing. ... Hitchens quoted in Taunton, e Faith of Christopher Hitchens, .

Author: Peter S. Williams

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781532634246

Category: Religion

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Portraying themselves as challenging blind religious dogma with evidence-led skepticism, the neo-atheist movement claims that the New Testament contains unreliable tales about a mythical figure who, far from being the resurrected Lord of life, may not even have lived. This comprehensive critique documents the falsehood of these neo-atheist claims, correcting their historical and philosophical mistakes to show how we can get at the truth about the historical Jesus.

The Christopher Hitchens 4 Book Collection

In this four-volume eBook bundle, no subject is left unconsidered in Hitchens's hands: from the case against god and religion in God Is Not Great; to various "Amusements, Annoyances, and Disappointments" in Arguably -- the Ten Commandments, ...

Author: Christopher Hitchens

Publisher: Signal

ISBN: 9780771030055

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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"Christopher Hitchens is the greatest essayist in the English language." —Christopher Buckley Christopher Hitchens has long been considered on of the most compelling and intelligent writers and orators on our time. In this four-volume eBook bundle, no subject is left unconsidered in Hitchens's hands: from the case against god and religion in God Is Not Great; to various "Amusements, Annoyances, and Disappointments" in Arguably -- the Ten Commandments, the concept of "funny"; from a memoir tracing his storied life in Hitch-22 to a raw and honest meditation on life and death in Mortality, his last book before his death in 2011. Provocative and perceptive, unabashed and polemical, The Christopher Hitchens 4-Book Ebook Collection is the essential reader for any Hitchens fan. GOD IS NOT GREAT: HOW RELIGION POISONS EVERYTHING HITCH-22: A MEMOIR ARGUABLY: ESSAYS MORTALITY

Unhitched The Trial of Christopher Hitchens

But what of the late Christopher Hitchens? Did he not swear, even as he was waving adieu and bon débarras to his former comrades, that he had not and did not repudiate his past? Was he not notable for attempting to turn the left's ...

Author: Richard Seymour

Publisher: Verso Books

ISBN: 9781844679904

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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Describes the life of the English American author and journalist who was a prominent public intellectual who wrote about his theophobia and how he was equally fascinated and repulsed by both the Left and the Right as revolutionary forces. Original. 15,000 first printing.

The Debaters of This Age

... Richard: Responsibility and Atonement Taylor, Paul F.: Only Believe: An Easy-to-Follow Guide to Presuppositional Apologetics Tanner, Jerald and Sandra: A Look at Christianity Taunton, Larry Alex: The Faith of Christopher Hitchens: ...

Author: Steven H Propp

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9781532066238

Category: Fiction

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It is June 2018 as an unusual group of scholars, professors, lecturers, and students gather in a California hotel. They are all attendees of an Apologetics conference intended to join qualified representatives of Christian, Deist, and Atheist thought for a two-week, no-holds-barred debate and discussion of their respective positions that will ultimately be included in a book published after the conference. Evangelical Christianity is represented by advocates of Evidentialist and Presuppositionalist approaches to Apologetics. Catholicism, liberal Christianity, and Deism are also well-supported. The Atheist perspective is advocated by a polemical author and a college professor notorious for attacking the views of his Christian students. As the participants argue over controversial issues such as cosmology, evolution, The Bible, historical evidence for Jesus, the resurrection, biblical prophecies, and the problem of evil, intellectual fireworks result. But what will result when such a volatile and eclectic group is placed face-to-face for more than two weeks? The Debaters of this Age is the tale of what happens inside a California hotel in 2018 when a group of intellectuals gather to vigorously discuss the religious issues of our time.

The Scientism Delusion

... The Faith of Christopher Hitchens: The Restless Soul of the World's Most Notorious Atheist. Christopher Hitchens died a broken, lonely, distraught, and confused man, who had no reason to live, BY HIS OWN WORDS, because he was sick.

Author: Gregory Lessing Garrett

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9781387683680

Category: Religion

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"This enthralling page-turner breaks all the molds, and fearlessly exposes the deepest darkest intrigue in history...The Luciferian Agenda for a New World Order. In it, we learn of the Luciferian roots of Modern Science, as the reader is transported back in time to the insidious origins of modern-day Scientism, the current religion of most scientists today. Through an excursion into the roots of Scientism, Mr. Garrett deftly retraces the historical antecedents of Scientism, echoing back to The Secret Mystery Schools of Kabbalistic, Egyptian Hermeticism, onwards into the true nature of Freemason and Alchemical Occultist, Sir Isaac Newton, and then further into the nefarious Vatican Jesuit Priesthood, whose hidden hand can be linked to the creation of The Illuminati, as well as the current Luciferian New Age Religion. Finally, the serpentine path leads up into modern Freemasonic Luciferian, NASA, and then to The Jesuit Controlled Alien Deception about to take hold of the world." --Christian Chesterfield Ph.D.