Wired’s "New Atheism"

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Gary Wolf's "The Church of the Non-Believers" in Wired consists of sketches of the modern atheist triumvirate: Richard “God Delusion” Dawkins, Sam “End of Faith” Harris, and Daniel “Breaking the Spell” Dennett. Wolf castigates some atheists for their “prophetic attack on prophecy” and “extremism in opposition to extremism,” but doesn’t back up his rhetoric.

Wolf contends that the "New Atheists,” as he calls them, “condemn not just belief in God but respect for belief in God. Religion is not only wrong; it's evil. Now that the battle has been joined, there's no excuse for shirking.” Near the end of the piece, Wolf asks himself:

“Were I to declare myself an atheist, what would this mean? Would my life have to change? Would it become my moral obligation to be uncompromising toward fence-sitting friends? That person at dinner, pissing people off with his arrogance, his disrespect, his intellectual scorn -- would that be me?”

I suppose that depends on whether Wolf considers popularity or honesty more important. Dawkins, Harris, and Dennett have made their choice, as have many others of us. May Wolf find the courage to do the same.

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