Today marks the release of a new academic (and expensive) book called There Is No God: Atheists in America by David A. Williamson and George Yancey:
It’s a look at atheists from a sociological perspective — not an argument for it or against it — but I’m already put off by the title, which suggests that atheists have this absolute certainty that God doesn’t exist… instead of what most of us really live by, which is probable certainty. We might live like God doesn’t exist but we’re open to evidence to the contrary.
As Richard Dawkins made so clear in The God Delusion, even he doesn’t go that far, but he’s almost asymptotically close.
But maybe I’m just being nitpicky since there are obviously many atheists who have no problem saying they’re sure there’s no God.
I contacted the publishers last week to see if they would allow me to post an excerpt from the book on this site, and I’m still waiting to hear back. Until then, you can get a sneak preview on Amazon.