Mere-O alumnus Keith Buhler has an interesting review of Peter Hitchens’ book over at The Examined Life, the excellent online bimonthly from the a place where you should send your teenager this summer.

I haven’t read Hitchens’ book, but Buhler’s a good guide, even though his high praise strikes me as a bit over the top:

Peter Hitchins’ new book is as insightful as C.S. Lewis’ Abolition of Man, as dramatically interesting as this year’s Academy Award winner Social Network, and as readable as today’s newspaper. Peter Hitchins, the brother of prominent atheist Christopher Hitchins (of God Is Not Great fame) has done a remarkable thing: He tells how he “fell away” from atheist communism, to a robust, thoughtful full-orbed Anglican Christianity… He began “doubting his doubts” only after living in Soviet Russia and seeing the failure of communism, wherein he also saw the failure of atheism.

[H]e successfully engages in a highly emotional topic using techniques not commonly sold in the marketplace of Christian, or anti-Christian, polemics: actual arguments. Christian and atheist alike can benefit from his account of the beliefs a young and intelligent person is pressured to believe. Likewise, Hitchins’ story can help one examine one’s motivation for staying a Christian, or one’s motivation for becoming something else.”

Read on, friend.  Read on.

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Matthew Lee Anderson is the Founder and Lead Writer of Mere Orthodoxy. He is the author of Earthen Vessels: Why Our Bodies Matter to our Faith and The End of Our Exploring: A Book about Questioning and the Confidence of Faith. Follow him on Twitter or on Facebook.

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  1. It’s a pretty good book–I’m looking at it right now on my shelf and finished it about six months ago. He’s certainly a dynamic writer like his older brother, with perhaps just a little less of the flowery style that sets Christopher apart as one of the greatest essayists around today, whether you like him or not.

    Peter, like his brother, does let his main theme get muddied from time to time with mention of certain hot-button political and/or geopolitical topics, but that doesn’t sink the book.

    But honestly, what had the greatest impact on me in the book was Peter’s story of rejecting his Christian upbringing and schooling and burning his Bible as a symbol of that defiance and rage. I was actually comforted to know that I wasn’t the only one who had done such a terrible thing, trying to reject and curse God in the process, only to humbly crawl back and seek his boundless forgiveness later on. Truly, thanks be to God.


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