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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Our Favorite Atheist I

The official favorite atheist of this blog is the very very witty and sophisticated Christopher Hitchens, who recently completed his book tour promoting God is not Great. Awesome. I picked up Hitchen’s reflections on his tour in the September edition of Vanity Fair, and really enjoyed Hitchen’s apropos blasé’ and elitist critiques of our faith. I also got to learn all about the new places and people who seem to be re rigeur for sophisticated name dropping (thank Heaven). But, Hitchens is an absolute doll, as they say, and we provincials probably could benefit from his breezy heckling, so I will be posting selections from the article for our audience throughout the next few weeks. Enjoy, fellow ignoramii. Respondez- si’il vous plaiz, see you at Per Se, etc.

"You hear all the time that America is an intensely religious nation, but what you don’t hear is that there are almost as many religions as there are believers. Moreover, many ostensible believers are quite unsure of they actually believe…

Could there be a change in the Zeitgeist going on? I think it’s possible. A 2001 study found that those without affiliation are the fastest-growing minority in the United States. A generation ago the words “American atheist” conjured up the image of the slightly cultish and loopy Madalyn Murray O-Hair. But in the last two years there have been five atheist best-sellers, one each from Professor Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett and two from the neuroscientist Sam Harris."

Daunting… ?