The New Atheism deserves our cheers.
This is not a time for hyper-scrupulous
misgivings about how robustly religion
should be criticised, even leaving aside the
relative mildness that the New Atheists actually display. Books like The God Delusionand
God is Not Great should give confidence to
anyone who embraces secularism and
deplores the political influence of religion.
These books will convince at least some
intellectual opponents, or play a role in doing
so, expose the population to the idea (doubtless shocking for some) that there are alternatives to theism, and provide a rallying
point for opposition to religious influences
on public policy.
Exactly. This is not the time to moan and worry — let the other side do that. This is the time to exult and push a little harder, and I’m glad some people get it.