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The Faith of Christopher Hitchens

The Restless Soul of the World's Most Notorious Atheist
Narrated by: Maurice England
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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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  • George
  • 27-11-2017

I shouldn’t be surprised at the duplicity of the author

The author basically says, Christopher is honest and said himself that I am a good guy.

The rest of the book goes like this, Christoper is a liar and a fake who only held to atheism due to money, book sales, and peer pressure.

In Larry’s mind, when Christopher is silent or tired, that equates to acquiescence and being “dumbfounded” by some discussion of faith. The author is somehow under the impression that Christoper was never really exposed to evangelical Christianity before and that he could tell Christopher was moved by it.
Naturally, none of his assertions about Hitch reconsidering his atheism are based on Christopher’s words, but always seem to be based on what he didn’t say. When Christopher didn’t pipe up as a rude evil god hating atheist, that must mean he was sympathetic to Larry’s version of Christianity. He like to repeat that Hitch kept 2 sets of books as a means of proving that his public image was a fraud in spite of Christopher never having verbally contradicted his unbelief in private either. He also likes to use Hitches 9-11 stand as proof that he was rethinking everything since because he didn’t support everything the left did, he must be seeing the light.

This posthumous declaration of “faith” is a joke.

I am an atheist and have read several Christian authors even recently and even read the Bible still. I don’t dismiss Larry’s poor logic, baseless assertions, and wishful thinking because I don’t believe in god or because I feel obligated to defend Hitch. I dismiss them because they are idiotic and blatantly either delusional or intentionally misleading.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-04-2019

An insult to Hitch

A betrayal of “biblical” proportions of an amazing person and an inspiring Atheist. With a christian “friend” like Larry, who needs enemies. The moment the world is finally liberated from the last shackles of religion is when we finally can make steps towards moral betterment. Wish I had better read the reviews and done a bit more research before purchasing this book.

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  • TheMikeO
  • 08-11-2017

Utterly fake.

My bad. I should have researched more before purchasing. Waste of money. Disappointed Biased and absolutely riddled with the authors views and not the truth about Christopher Hitchens. Deleting from my library.

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  • lori
  • 29-06-2016

I did not enjoy this book.

When I die. I hope that I don't have friends like Larry.

In this book, Larry tells us what an absolute horrible person his friend was. He was a bad son, a bad brother, a possible closeted homosexual, a godless communist and an all around completely self centered ass.

Luckily for his friend he met Larry. After which Christopher turned into a delightful intensely loyal friend.

I did not either person in this book, but I do feel that Christopher may have been a bit displeased by the accounts and speculations of his last days, but alas, he is dead and can not, which makes it incredibly convenient for our author.

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  • SW
  • 09-08-2016

An Exploitive Travesty, and Distorted Perspective

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Only if I wanted to tell my friend where to find a book which exemplifies how a religious person can discount and discredit Christopher Hitchins and betray what little friendship he may have had with him.

What could Larry Alex Taunton have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not written it.

What does Maurice England bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His mature style and tone adds credibility to an otherwise ludicrous prose.

What else would you have wanted to know about Larry Alex Taunton’s life?

Larry Alex Taunton’s life? This book was meant to be about Christopher Hitchens. I need to know nothing more about Taunton.

Any additional comments?

I think this is a re-fabrication of discussions the author had with Hitchens which were actually done as a professional engagement, not a friendly road trip. I suspect the reality was that Hitchens did what he was paid to do, which was to be as constructive and participative as possible. And as usual, a Christian preacher turned it into another money-maker and attempt to convert readers through fear and threats of damnation, couched in a ridiculous suggestion that Hitchens was ready to convert, had seen the light, once he knew he was dying. And if there were glimpses of friendship, Taunton betrays them so many times as to prevent me from finishing this book.

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  • Bluestramp
  • 18-04-2016

Didn't taste good

I love Hitch and have read all his books and have spent hours watching him on YouTube; it punched a hole in my life when he passed.

This just did not hold me for more than 30 minutes.

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  • TDH
  • 13-04-2016

Hitch and the Accent

It is actually narrated ok, except I would much prefer an Englishman or someone capable of an English accent to read for Hitch (considering several portions of the book comment on it).

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  • M. Waters
  • 31-12-2016

provocative

Where does The Faith of Christopher Hitchens rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

upper half

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Faith of Christopher Hitchens?

Contrast between Christoper and Larry's preparation for their debate.

Have you listened to any of Maurice England’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no. This performance was generally good, however, it was hard to tell when he was quoting from something Hitchens had written

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

This is not your mother's Thelma and Louise

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  • Ian
  • 15-09-2016

A little self-congratulatory but a touching story

This was the story of a genuine friendship between two people representing mutually exclusive positions. What a wonderful story.

Yet the author seems to conflate his faith with right-wing patriotism, praising Christopher for embracing the latter even if he never embraced the former. This is, I suppose, what one expects from a Southern Evangelical.

He is sensitive and shows a genuine care for Hitchens, and a care for his family, which is admirable. Would recommend to anyone on any side of those debates which were so big in the wake of the 'New Atheists'.

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  • RaCho
  • 30-04-2016

Wonderful Book.

I loved this book.
All the people involved reminded me of so many people I know myself.
Nothing but a true friend can have loving observation and you can sense that in the writing.

This is a book of listening to the deeper haunts of the soul.
Obviously it has a Christian lean since it's written by a Christian man, but it is a beautiful book and I highly recommend it to anyone.

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  • Kohima
  • 18-06-2016

Two interesting sides of a professing atheist!

I hope Hitchens repented of his sin and placed his trust in the Lord Jesus!

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