Rabbi David Wolpe, in the Washington Post this weekend, on what triggered the New Atheist moment:
After Sept. 11, 2001, religion seemed to many to be less a consolation for suffering than a cause. Science, not spirituality, offered the promise of a moderate, prosperous and anchored life; reason would deliver salvation.
That’s about as taut as it can be said.
Who, afterall, wants things like this (a 16th century depiction of fanatic Calvinists trashing a Catholic Church):
When you can have this (a philosopher and two scientists—Daniel Dennett, Richard Dawkins, and Lawrence Krauss—at a conference in Burbank, Ca., talking ):
I took the above photograph at the Atheist Alliance International Convention held in Burbank, Oct. 2009.