My latest book, The Faith of Christopher Hitchens: The Restless Soul of the World’s Most Notorious Atheist, has (unintentionally) been the focus of some controversy. On the one hand, I am flattered to say that the book has received very high praise from Christianity Today’s Books & Culture; Ravi Zacharias; John Piper’s Desiring God; Oxford University’s John Lennox; The Gospel Coalition; bestselling authors Paul Reid and Eric Metaxas; Glenn Beck; Mere Orthodoxy; The Blaze; Publisher’s Weekly; Booklist and still others. In other words, Christians and non-Christians alike. However, as noted in a previous blog post, poor journalism has provoked a phony controversy among those who are easily provoked: namely, the ideologically entrenched who haven’t read the book. So be it.
Now The New York Times has taken note of both the book and the pseudo-controversy. In this article, Mark Oppenheimer briefly explores famous deathbed conversions as well as the fact that I don’t make such a claim in my book. Of some interest to me is his reference to atheist Michael Shermer who gave the book a glowing endorsement, but then ran for cover when atheists protested. How absurd. Also noteworthy is that my other critic in this article, Steve Wasserman, admits in the original piece – from which his quotation was lifted – that he has not read the book. It’s hard to take these men seriously.
I am pleased that the NYT posted a link to a six-page section of the book so that readers can see for themselves. The pages are taken from a chapter titled “The Shenandoah” where Christopher and I, on our first road trip, discussed The Gospel of John and its meaning. Enjoy.