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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 ...

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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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  • ISBN-13: 9781441195074
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 7/21/2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Meet the Author

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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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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  • Posted February 9, 2010

    The Christian Answer to Bestselling Atheist Christopher Hitchens -- His Brother!

    This author, Peter Hitchens, is the Christian answer to the bestselling author of "God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything" by Christopher Hitchens -- these two authors are real-life brothers but represent opposite sides of the religious coin.

    Peter Hitchens is a professional writer in Britain, with a regular political column and a few books already published. Maybe this book will be his bestseller?

    I enjoy hearing Christopher and Peter debate each other on the topic of God's existence. The atheist brother, Christopher Hitchens, is "super-cool," with a British accent and very dry, biting sense of humor, who makes Christians feel like nerds. Peter Hitchens is the best rebuke and rebuttal against Christopher, being equally concise and humorous. Peter can put Christopher in his place.

    I hope and suspect that this book will take on the atheist brother's bestseller, point for point. That's how their internet debates go, at least.

    The most memorable point made by Peter Hitchens against his brother's atheist sneering is that Peter points out that he knows that his brother lives in a VERY comfortable part of town, where atheism can be an abstract discussion among detached intellectuals, whereas Peter also has experience in very BAD parts of town where an inhuman sort of brutality can be witnessed among the violent young gang members -- the violent and cruel fruits of atheism exposed.

    People really do need the morality that Christianity teaches, and atheism lacks completely.

    4 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 18, 2010

    not anything like the quality of his brother's intellect

    1) Don't expect for Christopher's eloquence and knowledge. It's like comparing Babe Ruth to an ordinary person. Still I want to understand more about why he is unmoved by the depth of his brother's intellect.

    2) His "Challenge" to Christopher by saying that one cannot know that there is NOT a god. So that means for him belief is a choice and that simply put "Its better by far to believe" He says that he knows now that virtue is harder to find and easier to lose.

    Hmmm. If you can't know, you can't know. But then you surely shouldn't make a truth claim --that concerns all of us --- based on a idea that you benefit. (Translation: It helps me control my behavior and guilt, so I can't be bothered about whether other people(who are more logical and honest) are unfairly judged, discriminated against, minimized and condemned.

    3) He says that only by acknowledging the existence of god can you have confidence about knowing right from wrong. hmmm..he doesn't have confidence god even exists. 4) He says he harbors no ambition to counter the comprehensive arguments of prominent new Atheists like Dawkins and Christopher H. (i.e. It doesn't matter if they're right, he's just better off seeing things his way and attaching god's name to it for credibility)

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Quality of arguments was disappointing.

    I expected more from Christopher Hitchens' brother. His arguments for christianity consisted mostly of saying that atheists are arrogant and wrong. He makes bold claims, and doesn't back them up.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2011

    Not good at all

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted December 27, 2013

    It is worth reading!

    Having a brother who was an atheist and Peter also as a younger man really gives us an insight few experience. We all have presuppositions of how things should be and I think Peter Hitchens does a good job explaining the thought process.

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