Posted in A2 Sociology: Religion, Uncategorized

A2 Sociology: Peter Hitchins

Further to my last post on Peter Hitchins; A2 students, if you fancy some further reading, The Rage Against God by Hitchins offers an alternative view to Bellah and Marxist utopians. Here is the blurb:

Peter Hitchens lost faith as a teenager. But eventually finding atheism barren, he came by a logical process to his current affiliation to an unmodernised belief in Christianity. Hitchens describes his return from the far political left. Familiar with British left-wing politics, it was travelling in the Communist bloc that first undermined and replaced his leftism, a process virtually completed when he became a newspaper’s resident Moscow correspondent in 1990, just before the collapse of the Communist Party. He became convinced of certain propositions. That modern western social democratic politics is a form of false religion in which people try to substitute a social conscience for an individual one. That utopianism is actively dangerous. That liberty and law are attainable human objectives which are also the good by-products of Christian faith. Faith is the best antidote to utopianism, dismissing the dangerous idea of earthly perfection, discouraging people from acting as if they were God, encouraging people to act in the belief that there is a God and an ordered, purposeful universe, governed by an unalterable law.

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AS Family: New right view – Peter Hitchins

Thanks to Harry for finding this about Peter Hitchens who shares a lot of the same views as the New Right. His ideas are also very critical of both New Labour and Conservative family policies:

About the Conservative Party – ‘they’re left wing and they don’t even know it’

About the family: Marriage needs to be re-privileged greatly’; ‘the blow to marriage was struck in all Western countries in the 1960s by divorce reforms’; ‘no party, certainly not the so called Conservative Party has offered to reverse these reforms’; ‘heterosexual marriage has collapsed’;