Fr. Stephen had a beautiful quote on his blog yesterday (here) which, I’ll admit, I had to read twice out of, if nothing else, sheer astonishment. The reason is because its a quote from Hitchens and in it he paints a beautiful picture of the power of Christianity today, or, why Christianity is still such a powerful force in the world after all this time. My astonishment? For those of you who have not heard of the famous author and journalist you probably don’t know that he is also the leading atheist who, among other things, considers the Bible to “contain a warrant for trafficking in humans, for ethnic cleansing, for slavery, for bride-price, and for indiscriminate massacre.”
Well, when I read the quote I guess I wasn’t paying attention. Yes, it was written by Hitchens but not by the famous atheist Christopher (a name which ironically means “bearing Christ inside”) but by his, I guess not-so famous brother Peter Hitchens (at least I’ve never heard of him). Some of us might have family members who aren’t as active in the life of the Church as we might be, they might not be as perfect in attendance as us, but how would you like to have a brother known worldwide for his hatred for the Church, God, and all things related to Christianity?
Here is an intriguing article about the two mismatched brothers or as Peter himself says “two utterly different men”. In this beautiful article Peter talks about his own rebellion against the church and faith. He then describes his return to the church which he did when he married his then girlfriend. He writes:
I was entering into my inheritance, as a Christian Englishman, as a man, and as a human being. It was the first properly grown-up thing that I had ever done.
In closing he quotes T.S. Eliot: “the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time”.