Godard, Ted 21 August 2010. This book simply isn't very good at either of its aims. He apparently did some bad things as a teenager and young adult, things he doesn't detail, but about which he still feels much guilt and remorse. It has been a compelling and personal journey of exploration for me. What a fascinating public debate.
This is his story, and when it focuses on that it is at its strongest. I did not have a religious experience. If you are looking for an autobiography of his own coming to faith from atheism, it's very limited. But I'm not as convinced about the axes Hitchens has to grind. I peered at the naked figures fleeing the pit of hell.
I'm vacillating on rating this book. The path to a secular utopia, pursued by numerous modern tyrants, is truly paved with more violence than has been witnessed in any era in history. I doubt it will open many peoples eyes to the danger of a society without the morality and love of Jesus. Nor have many Christians in the West had the nerve or the inclination? He also critiques current western societies and how the language and focus of the New Atheists are eerily similar to the same words echoed by Josef Stalin, Leon Trotsky, and Vladimir Lenin, who sought to eradicate religion in the 1920's. ეს წიგნი Goodreads-ზე აღმოვაჩინე, არც ვიცოდი კრისტოფერ ჰიტჩენსის ძმა თუ ყავდა. This book is so well-written, it practically reads itself! This time, it does so mainly in the cause of personal liberation, born in the 1960s cultural revolution, and now inflamed into special rage by any suggestion that the sexual urge should be restrained.
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. These must them be policed by an ever more powerful state. He spends most of his time arguing how we all got to these state of affairs and then demonstrating the logical conclusions of the new atheists and their argument that raising children to be religious is 'child abuse. At this point the book widens to paint vivid images of the coarse and grey society he encountered in Moscow, and the even more brutal and harsh humanity he experienced in Mogadishu. And of course the Book of Revelation has serious utopian elements. He is, however, a very stylish writer who can turn a phrase with elegance. Hitchens brought home the ruthless character of the Bolshevics and the regimes that followed and powerfully open my eyes to the true nature of communist atheism.
With beautiful and eloquent pieces of memoir intertwined with biting historical truths all tied up with a bow of linguistic talent, Peter Hitchens drew me in at every turn. It's sophomoric debate, mostly because modern atheists are really different from them as much as modern fundamentalists are different than Savronola. The path to a secular utopia, pursued by numerous modern tyrants, is truly paved with more violence than has been witnessed in any era in history. This story is a fascinating and brilliantly written one, and well worth reading. What a fascinating public debate.
He claims had become intellectually aloof from religion, and disillusioned and in Chapter 2 explores further reasons for this disillusion, including the and the. He misses what he believes were the poetry and nobility of bygone days. The new atheists have to answer: 1. If an American said we need God for politics and not just morality or self-fulfillment rubbish! What I didn't read were well laid out calls for the believers to question their motives for any level of violence. Thank you Peter for writing a book like this. So go all of you and preach the good news! I plan to recommend it to my family and friends who are active in their faith, whether that is as a Christian, agnostic, atheist or anti-theist.
Wrestling with the questions of conflict, morality, and government, Hitchens crafts his arguments concerning the allegations of atheism against Christianity by examining them, not only within the context of Christianity, but in light of human depravity. I caught strong hints of he and I being basically in the same camp. The book's content was excellent and was terrifying at times. Peter debated Christopher in Grand Rapids in 2008. Hitchens provides hope for all believers whose friends or family members have left Christianity or who are enchanted by the arguments of the anti-religious intellects of our age. Hitchens' concern is urgent that we awaken to the gifts of our heritage, that we return to the Virtues and their sources, and that we conserve a civilization that is Liberal, creative, self reliant and heroic. It may seem not, but the media tends really to overblow efforts by both sides when they do react.
But this book is a great read in its own right. He goes on in a later chapter to state that he is only a Christian due to fear, essentially of the unknown. I was aspiring to atheism, going only so far as a sincere agnosticism. I don't believe they have any desire to harm the religious, though they certainly seem to fear us. Peter Hitchens details a very personal story of how he left the faith but dramatically returned.