Bruce Sheiman doesn’t believe in God, but he does believe in religion. Setting aside the question of whether God exists, it’s clear that the benefits of faith far outweigh its costs, he argues in his new book, An Atheist Defends Religion: Why Humanity Is Better Off with Religion Than Without It.
“I don’t know if anybody is going to be able to convince me that God exists,” Sheiman said in an interview, “but they can convince me that religion has intrinsic value.”
The old atheists said there is no God. The so-called “New Atheists” also say there is no God, and they have been vocally vicious about it. Now, the new “New Atheists” —call it Atheism 3.0—say there’s still no God, but maybe religion isn’t all that bad.