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New Atheists ‘abet fundamentalists and reactionaries’, says author

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Robert Wright, author of The Evolution of God, declares that New Atheism has failed.

He writes:

It isn’t that the citadels of faith are rolling back the tide of unbelief. Among intellectuals – a target audience of the New Atheists – professing traditional faith is no more common than it was three years ago, and may even be less common.

But the New Atheists’ main short-term goal wasn’t to turn believers into atheists, it was to turn atheists into New Atheists – fellow fire-breathing preachers of the anti-Gospel. The point was to make it not just uncool to believe, but cool to ridicule believers.

And this year doubts about that mission have taken root among the New Atheists’ key demographic: intellectuals who aren’t religious and aren’t conservative. Even on the secular Left, the alarming implications of the ‘crusade against religion’ are becoming apparent: though the New Atheists claim to be a progressive force, they often abet fundamentalists and reactionaries, from the heartland of America to the Middle East.

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Written by Luke Coppen

December 7, 2009 at 4:08 pm

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  1. Yes, and Bush declared “Mission accomplished”. Wright gets it all wrong (again). Why is religion to be above criticism? The answer is that it is not, and religion’s free ride is at an end. Deal.

    Shamelessly Atheist

    December 7, 2009 at 4:50 pm


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