Saturday, February 20, 2016

Book Preview: The Faith of Christopher Hitchens by Larry Taunton

About the Author

Larry Alex Taunton (born 1967) is an American cultural commentator,columnist, and contributor to The Atlantic. A frequent television and radio guest, he has appeared on CNN, CNN International, Fox News, Al Jazeera America, and BBC. Mr. Taunton has been quoted by Rush Limbaugh, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, TIME, Vanity Fair, and NPR, among others. His book The Grace Effect offers a glimpse of what the world would look like without Christian influence. Mr. Taunton is also the founder and executive director of the Fixed Point Foundation.

In 2010 Mr. Taunton publicly debated friend and atheist, Christopher Hitchens. Taunton was born at Fort Benning, Georgia. He currently divides his time between the United States and Europe. He and his wife have four children.

About the Book

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.

You can get your copy here.

Honestly, I can't wait to read this book.  Some may find it surprising, but I actually miss Christopher Hitchens and still enjoy watching him online.  Although I obviously disagreed with many of his views, He was a gifted story teller and when he passed I experienced genuine sorrow.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

3 comments:

northierthanthou said...

This book is an exceedingly underhanded attack on Hitchens's legacy.

Chad said...

northier,

You've read it then?

Respectfully

northierthanthou said...

Yes, it's crap.

https://northierthanthou.com/2016/04/21/the-faith-of-christopher-hitchens-in-which-i-read-snake-oil/