After reviewing The God Delusion yesterday, I checked how it was doing on the New York Times nonfiction bestseller list. Number 8—not bad. Also intriguing: Sam Harris’s latest is number 6. Better than Thomas Friedman’s silly The World is Flat (9), but worse than Bill O’Riley (2—sigh).
Besides that, though, I don’t know what to make of having two infidel books in the NYT top ten. What is it—more people are curious, sick of religiously-inspired violence, fed up with the Religious Right and willing to check out its opposite—what? Still, even if it’s probably just a flash in the pan, it doesn’t hurt if the wider world occasionally notices that not everyone is a “person of faith.”