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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (May 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310320313
  • ASIN: B0057D8W1Y
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,055,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The two best-written books [of 2010] were Christopher Hitchens's memoir Hitch 22 and his brother Peter's The Rage Against God.' -- Michael Gove <br><br>

About the Author

Peter Hitchens is a British journalist, author, and broadcaster. 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. A former revolutionary, he attributes his return to faith largely to his experience of socialism in practice, which he witnessed during his many years reporting in Eastern Europe and his nearly three years as a resident correspondent in Moscow during the collapse of the Soviet Union. He lived and worked in the United States from 1993 to 1995. Hitchens lives in Oxford with his wife, Eve. They have three children.

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Peter Hitchens is a British journalist, author, and broadcaster. 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. A former revolutionary, he attributes his return to faith largely to his experience of socialism in practice, which he witnessed during his many years reporting in Eastern Europe and his nearly three years as a resident correspondent in Moscow during the collapse of the Soviet Union. He lived and worked in the United States from 1993 to 1995. Hitchens lives in Oxford with his wife, Eve. They have three children.

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Peter Hitchens is a very smart man and I found his book well structured and easy read.
Mark Bernhardi
I was attracted to read this book because of my familiarity with Peter Hitchens and his brother Christopher Hitchens.
Narut Ujnat
I just think he could have accomplished that objective more effectively in a lot less space.
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187 of 200 people found the following review helpful By Narut Ujnat VINE VOICE on April 26, 2010
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I was attracted to read this book because of my familiarity with Peter Hitchens and his brother Christopher Hitchens. Both have become public intellectuals of varying degree. And both, as it turns out, have books being released this summer. I was excited when I got the opportunity to read this book, so provocatively titled "The Rage Against God."

This book is very much a testimonial (and an apologetic as well) of a man's life lived in the rapidly changing Britain (and West) of the post-WWII ear through today. Hitchens description of the Britain of his youth is accurate in the narrative of a nation that has slowly ossified and changed from what was a person living in Great Britain would have known prior to WWI. The public confidence in British institutions has greatly changed (witness the wrangling over Princess Diana's death by Queen Elizabeth II, for example) The relevance of Christian life in public life that was common-place and expected, whether at Christmas time or Easter was unquestioned. Hitchens describes how these touchstones have rapidly disappeared to the point where public pronouncements of religious faith are mocked and shunned to the extent that expression becomes an oddity. Witness the Church Of England abandoning so much of the liturgy that was known prior to WWII by almost all Brits. Today, even Biblical history is rapidly disappearing from public life.

Hitchens goes on to make three counterpoints of common lodestars of what non-believers argue as reasons for abandoning faith: religious faith causes conflict, moral relativism and atheism in nation/states. Finally, Hitchens goes on to debate the arguments of how the alternative to the "Christian" state, i.e.
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113 of 125 people found the following review helpful By Robert G. Leroe VINE VOICE on May 5, 2010
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Peter Hitchen's book The Rage Against God wasn't what I expected, namely a blow-by-blow critique of atheism and a listing of reasons for the existence of God. Instead, the brother of noted atheist Christopher Hitchens writes an engaging memoir of his personal journey, followed by his appraisal of atheistic regimes and ideologies, along with a reminder of atrocities carried out in the name (alone) of religions that were, at the core, irreligious--and why. I'm reminded of a quote, "When people act contrary to their religion, you blame them, not their religion." Christianity doesn't escape unscathed, but Hitchens is clear to point out that unchristian acts occur when God's moral will is disregarded. A clever quote: "Faith has often led to cruel violence and intolerant persecution...this is not because they are religious, but because Man is not great" (153). I would still like to know why totalitarian governments feel so threatened by religion. In an enlightened age ought not tolerance prevail? (by tolerance, I mean accepting people who hold views you firmly believe are incorrect) The chapter on moral absolutes was helpful, and (another quote not in the book) I recall Dostoyevsky, "If there is no God, anything is permissible." If there is no God, all we're really left with are arbitrary preferences. This has an appeal to those who covet autonomy and freedom from higher authority...yet atheists probably do not want to be labeled amoral. Hitchen's appraisal of atheism made me wonder if an atheist would claim that the world merely has the "appearance" of purpose. Also, the section on religious instruction could have mentioned that most Christians do not "force-feed" the Bible to children. They want kids to be able to think, and not blindly accept religious teaching. His approach won't appeal to everyone (particularly his famous brother), but is a worthy and readable addition to the ongoing debate.
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106 of 128 people found the following review helpful By Russ Emrick VINE VOICE on May 20, 2010
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I ordered this book because I wanted to know the back-story of Christopher Hitchens. I've always been intrigued by how such a sharp mind could have such fallacious thinking and conclusions. I was surprised to learn that Christopher has a brother that is an avid believer. "The Rage Against God" was a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the Hitchens family, as well as a easy to read study of atheism and it's historical underpinnings in England.

Hitchens makes the point that atheism is more a result of the spirit of the age than the mask of intellectualism atheists claim. That in-fact the road atheists travel is more of a mental straight jacket that leads them to nihilism. Hitchens strongly documents and reveals the historical path Atheism has taken; that in reality Atheism is religious cult of its own that has its mooring on principles every bit as subjective and faith based as any authentic religion.

Frankly this book is disturbing - making all the more reason to read it. This book is Ecclesiastics writ large; lived once again in our century. Hitchens documents the path Jean-Jacques Rousseau and The Enlightenment takes man. Atheists become militant because they are so unhappy. This book is thoroughly enjoyable and insightful. It is devastating to Christopher's arguments and very useful if you have to debate atheists in any forum. I particularly liked learning why politicians are so keen to eliminate faith and where that takes a nation. Reading this book will give you a behind the curtain look at England (surprising Yanks like me), the Hitchens family, and Atheism.
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