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The Rage Against God: How Atheism Led Me to Faith Paperback – December 24, 2011
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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.Read more ›
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This semi-autobiographical book was enjoyable and well-written. Do not expect to get a thorough apologetic against atheism in this book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Prometheus
Hitchens is a great story teller and, whether or not you agree with his conclusions, you will enjoy the stories of the time he spent England, Soviet Russia, and Africa. Read morePublished 2 months ago by W V S
A good read with many historical facts plus the author's personal experience all making a profound case for why liberals are the way they are today.Published 2 months ago by Little Flower
Excellent read. Hitchens' prolific writing style comes through in this witty, insightful work. I highly recommend this book for any thinking person.Published 3 months ago by Marlo
This book is autobiographical-historical. It simultaneously follows the systematic demise of Christian Faith in England with the gradual rise of Christian Faith in one Englishman,... Read morePublished 5 months ago by michael johnson
Nice read but contains more historical than theological content. Good information I wasn't aware of regarding some history of Britain and Russia. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Henry Prosa
Not at all what I expected,but a very interesting biographical story of a newspaaper writer during the second world war, and the Russian cold war. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Lorraine S. West