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    "If everyone in the United States had the same qualities of loyalty and care and concern for others that Larry Taunton had, we'd be living in a much better society than we do." (Christopher Hitchens)

    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 onstage, 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' 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' 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.

    ©2016 Larry Taunton (P)2016 Thomas Nelson Publishers

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    "This book should be read by every atheist and theist passionate about the truth." (Michael Shermer, publisher, Skeptic magazine)

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    A fundamentalist's try at character assasination

    Biased and downright slanderous from start to finish. It's hard to believe Taunton was Hitchen's friend, judging by how derisively he speaks of his convictions. The sheer fact that a book called "The faith of Christopher Hitchens" was released shortly after its subject's death, thereby escaping ridicule by Hitchens, who would surely have been outraged and insulted by such a title, would be comical, if the degree of cowardice in posthumously trying to slander a man who just died of cancer wasn't so aggrevating. The book contains barely hidden homophobia, dismisses Hitchen's objections to the Vietnam War and the Reagan presidency as mere contrarianism and tries it's best to underhandedly push the tired and ridiculous point that atheists lead sad, cold, self centered lives and are "missing something". Hitchens will be remembered, I hope this book won't.

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