I’m pretty excited about this book, The Rage Against God: How Atheism Led Me to Faith by Peter Hitchens. Hitchens is the brother of one of the most popular New Atheists Christopher Hitchens, who has been discussed in this blog previously.
Like his brother Christopher, Peter is a journalist, former atheist and former Communist. Unlike his brother, Peter gave up atheism and turned to Christianity. This is a book in response to Christopher’s militant atheism, best represented by his 2007 book God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything.
Peter Hitchens calls atheism “the first stop on the train” of spiritual searching, not the last. He holds that the greatest testimony to the truth of Christianity is not rational argument (which he still uses, of course) but instead the arts. He personally first took religion seriously not through the arguments of Cornelius Van Til or Francis Schaeffer, but instead through Michaelangelo’s painting “The Last Judgement” and the poetry of T.S. Eliot.
“I would think that most educated atheists are much more likely to be suddenly ambushed in the heart by poetry than they are ever likely to be converted by reasoned argument,” he said. “The arts, which have always had the most effect on me, these things are immensely potent and I think if people are exposed to them, then they may find that the still, soft voice is audible.”
Watch a full 8-minute interview with Peter below:
The book comes out May 1, and you can pre-order it here.