‘The Faith of Christopher Hitchens’

My summer reading list just got longer — here’s an excerpt from a two-part post by Eric Metaxas:

What happens when an avowed atheist and a committed Christian become fast friends, despite their polar-opposite views? Well, you get a fantastic new book.

A new book with a provocative title is sending shock waves through both the Christian and atheist communities. In The Faith of Christopher Hitchens, writer and commentator Larry Alex Taunton recounts his friendship with one of the most prominent and outspoken atheists—not to mention intellectual giants—of our time.

There is a lot to say about this book, and I’m not going to try to say it all in one program. Tomorrow I’ll talk about the firestorm ignited by this outstanding book and do my part to set the record straight.

But today I want to tell you about why you’ve got to read “The Faith of Christopher Hitchens” for yourself. It’s a story about a deeply remarkable friendship, a story that can teach all of us how to reach past barriers and show what genuine Christian love looks like.

Taunton first met Hitchens in 2008, when, as director of Fixed Point Ministries, he helped to set up a debate between Hitchens and the great Christian Oxford professor John Lennox. At that first meeting, Taunton recalls, “Our rapport was immediate.” Taunton, who had expected to find the author of “God Is Not Great” a bitter, angry man, was surprised to find himself drawn to Hitchens’ humor, thoughtfulness, and honesty.

Hitchens seems to have appreciated the same qualities in Taunton. It was the beginning of a friendship that would find the two men doing more events together, getting to know and like each others’ families, and even taking long car trips together, during which they discussed (among other things) the Gospel of John.

Read more: Breakpoint

Click here to read part two: What Are Atheists so Afraid of?

Image credit: larryalextaunton.com.