Kimberly Winston has a good summary of the New Atheist movement since its inception right after 9/11.
But after the World Trade Center crumbled on 9/11, he put his studies aside to write a book that became an instant best-seller—and changed the way atheists, and perhaps Muslims, are perceived in this country.
Published in 2004, Harris’s “The End of Faith” launched the so-called “New Atheist” movement, a make-no-apologies ideology that maintains that religion is not just flawed, but evil, and must be rejected.
But did it reshape what had been a mostly quiet, academic movement? Some think the New Atheists have created a rift. Others, well . . .
Ryan Cragun, a sociologist of religion at the University of Tampa, is more qualified in his assessment. In their extremism and intolerance, he likens the New Atheists to Fox News Channel—“so far to the right,” he said, that they opened up the middle.
“Now it is OK to be a moderate atheist because you can point to the stridency of the New Atheists and say, `At least I am not one of them,”’ he said. “It opens up a bigger space for freethinkers to actually communicate.”
Sort of reminds me of Luke 18
[Jesus told this parable . . . "Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people . . .”
. . . while the tax collector was beating his breast. Well, maybe, but remember that Harris is thumping his chest (ego) not beating his breast before God.