The Rage Against God: How Atheism Led Me to Faith
PETER HITCHENS (Zondervan, 224 pp., hardcover)
The cultural shift in American society brings with it a growing hostility toward religion, particularly Christianity. Reflecting on his personal spiritual journey, Peter Hitchens recounts the story of his rebellion against God and subsequent return to faith. The work also poignantly responds to the writings of his brother, world-renowned atheist Christopher Hitchens.
Hitchens utilizes his gift of communication to compose his work from three major sections. He first recounts his rebellion against God, initially proclaimed by the burning of his Bible, but discusses how both reason and experience guided his journey out of atheism. Next, he deconstructs what he calls the “three failed arguments of atheism.” He concludes the book by addressing the logical fallacies of atheism.
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. Hithchens carefully acknowledges the rationality of some atheistic arguments. At the same time, he points out the blind faith exhibited by atheists who hold to their beliefs while ignoring the flaws of their own thinking.
The Rage Against God represents a timely resource for Christians and non-Christians alike. Hitchens’ lack of theological terms and rare use of Scripture present a “not-so-religious sounding” response to present-day atheism. Showing reverence for faith and sensitivity to the unbeliever, Hitchens’ work challenges the atheist and the Christian to reconsider their perceptions of God.
—Reviewed by Dan Morrison, M.Div., editor/media specialist, Springfield, Missouri.