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Top 5 books about God, as chosen by Peter James

From devout Catholics gone rogue to enlightening reads, Peter James picks these top books about God

Brighton Rock
Graham Greene

Apart from being the book that inspired me to become a writer, this is a marvellously conflicted story of murder and eternal damnation. Pinkie is a 17-year-old boy gangster in charge of a pathetic but dangerous gang of misfits, commits murder. But as a devout Catholic he is terrified of eternal damnation and his terror becomes the dominant theme through the book.

The Da Vinci Code
Dan Brown

Still a genuine page-turner, this was a brave book – it proved that there was a genuine appetite among a mass readership for a thriller that incorporated both spiritual learning and theological arguments.

God’s Undertaker
John Lennox

An immensely enjoyable read from Christian apologist and maths professor (there’s a combination!) Lennox. It posits the argument that science, far from destroying the idea of God, might ultimately prove his existence…

There is a God
Anthony Flew

The pre-Dawkins celebrity militant atheist, Flew changed his mind about religion in 2004, saying, “I have a lifelong commitment to go where the evidence leads.” An intriguing premise to a fascinating book.

Is God Still An Englishman?
Cole Moreton

This is an inspirational, compelling book which takes a totally unbiased, highly intelligent look at how belief and worship has changed in our nation. Whether you’re a hardcore atheist or profound believer, this is an enlightening and enriching read.

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